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Oswald, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Oswald ...

So far, we have found very little information about Oswald. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Oswald to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Oswald, please Contact Us.

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 Oswald (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 Oswald. 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

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 west contained birth and death records; the county to the north 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Oswald is historic, it would have been located within present day Raleigh County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Raleigh County: Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Mercer, Summers & Wyoming.

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

Raleigh     (The home county for Oswald)
  Bradley   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles<2>
  Piney View   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Prosperity   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Stanaford   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Royal - Historic   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Old Mill Village   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Harper   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Whitesville   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Janie   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Elk Run Junction   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sylvester   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Lindytown - Historic   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rocklick   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Keith   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Orgas   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bald Knob   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Twilight   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bandytown   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Barrett   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Pax   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Concho   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Vale   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hines   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Orient Hill   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Crichton   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Quinwood   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Frazier   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Fort Spring   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Acme   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Eskdale   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Handley   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hollygrove   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pratt   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Glasgow   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cabin Creek   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  East Bank   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Chesapeake   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Winifrede   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Belle   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mineral City   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mallory   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Man   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Welch   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Davy   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Gary   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Athens   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Edison   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Union   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bud   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Uno   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Oswald ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Oswald.

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 Oswald covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S W.T. Warden Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Teel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Calfee Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. TaborCemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]     
  WNW Pax Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Maynor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW William Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Maynor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Biggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sweeney Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Sebastians Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wright Hunter Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greenwood Memorial Park   [Map]     
  E Royal Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lively Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sutphin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lafferty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Turner Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Snuffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Holly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lively Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cottle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wiseman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Athey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Tulliver Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Aliff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE William Kidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  N High Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Powers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W McGinnis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hall Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Plumley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wriston Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wriston Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ewing Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Maynor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Workman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Workman Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Chambers Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Trail Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cannaday Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pemberton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Rinehart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Scarbro Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wriston Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hodge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dunbar Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Oswald ...

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 16 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oswald.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Oswald, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Oswald.

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.

While we didn't find Oswald in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Oswald.

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

Prosperity   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Oswald
 - 1895 population of 56 people
 - Prosperity had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Hope   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Oswald
 - Mount Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Cirtsville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Oswald
 - Cirtsville had a post office and no railroad service
Grandview   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Oswald
 - Grandview had a post office and no railroad service
Quinnimont   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Oswald
 - 1895 population of 600 people
 - Quinnimont had a post office and railroad service
Prince   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Oswald
 - Prince had a post office and railroad service
McKendree   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Oswald
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - McKendree had railroad service and no post office
Roseville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Roseville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Oswald
 - Roseville had a post office and no railroad service
Claremont   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Oswald
 - Claremont had a post office and railroad service

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites of 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 - you should note 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 Oswald:

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 Raleigh County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
McDowell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Raleigh County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Oswald, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Oswald) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oswald. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8604, Longitude: -81.1723     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oswald have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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