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Osceola, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Osceola ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Osceola (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Osceola. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Osceola is located in Randolph County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Randolph County: Barbour, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Tucker, Upshur & Webster.

Below are the counties that are near Osceola. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Osceola:

Randolph     (The home county for Osceola)
  Harman   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Beverly   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Elkins   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Huttonsville   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Mill Creek   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Leadsville   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Womelsdorf   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Tigheville   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Helvetia   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Junior   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Belington   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Valley Bend   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Audra   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Union   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Philippi   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wellington Heights   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Petersburg   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Arthur   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Circleville   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Onego   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Harper   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Brushy Run   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Thornwood   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Frank   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Durbin   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Green Bank   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Cass   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Slaty Fork   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Thorny Creek   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Edray   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Canaan Valley   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Hendricks   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hambleton   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Parsons   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Davis   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Thomas   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gormley   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Goshen   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Buckhannon   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hoover Town   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wilsontown   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Frenchton   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hacker Valley   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Augusta (VA)
  Stokesville (VA) - Historic   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Bath (VA)
  Bolar (VA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
Highland (VA)
  Monterey (VA)   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
Rockingham (VA)
  Briery Branch (VA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ottobine (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fulks Run (VA)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hinton (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Singers Glen (VA)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Coakley Town (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Osceola, see our County-by-County Page for Osceola.

Cemeteries Near Osceola ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Osceola.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Osceola covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNE Laurel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  E North Fork Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N White Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  WSW Ft. Milroy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hauchen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Keller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Goodsell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Mark Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Yeager Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stalnaker Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Osceola ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Osceola.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Osceola, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Osceola.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Osceola had a post office and no railroad service.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Osceola, with the one closest to Osceola listed first.

Glady   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Osceola
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Glady had a post office and no railroad service
Circleville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Osceola
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Circleville had a post office and no railroad service
Dry Run   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Osceola
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Dry Run had a post office and no railroad service
Job   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Osceola
 - Job had a post office and no railroad service
Macksville   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Osceola
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Macksville had a post office and no railroad service
Alpena   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N) from Osceola
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Alpena had a post office and no railroad service
Faulkner   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Osceola
 - Faulkner had a post office and no railroad service
New Hampden (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Osceola
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - New Hampden had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Osceola. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Osceola in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Osceola:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the West Virginia State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of West Virginia to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Randolph County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:     Cyndi's



Grant County:     Cyndi's



Pendleton County:     Cyndi's



Pocahontas County:     Cyndi's



Tucker County:     Cyndi's



Upshur County:     Cyndi's



Webster County:     Cyndi's



Augusta County (VA):     Cyndi's



Bath County (VA):     Cyndi's



Highland County (VA):     Cyndi's



Rockingham County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of West Virginia,
Cemeteries of Randolph County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for Randolph County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from West Virginia
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Osceola ...

While our initial data about Osceola came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Osceola in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Osceola.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Osceola:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Osceola. See our Misc Page for Osceola for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Randolph County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Osceola. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Osceola) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Osceola. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7140, Longitude: -79.6334     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Osceola have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Osceola, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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