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Paradise, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Paradise ...

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 Paradise (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 Paradise. 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 hospitals 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.

Paradise is located in Putnam County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Putnam County: Cabell, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln & Mason.

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

Putnam     (The home county for Paradise)
  Liberty   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Bancroft   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Poca   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Raymond City   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Eleanor   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Fraziers Bottom   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Scott Village   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Teays Valley   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Teays Village   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Emmons   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Grippe   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dartmont   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ashford   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Rumble   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Brushton   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Horse Creek Junction   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Julian   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Woodville   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Easly   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Johns   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Nellis   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Culloden   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Milton   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Crown City   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Barboursville   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pea Ridge   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Huntington   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Arnoldsburg   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mudfork   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Orma   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Valley Fork   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clay   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cannelton   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Smithers   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kentuck   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Ripley   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Odaville   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Ravenswood   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Sissonville   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cross Lanes   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Nitro   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Saint Albans   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Aarons   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Rock Lake Village   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  South Charleston   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Tornado   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Charleston   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Airport Village   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Alum Creek   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sod   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Hamlin   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  West Hamlin   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wewanta   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Arbuckle   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Leon   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Upland   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Baden   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Point Pleasant   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  New Haven   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hartford City   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mason   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Flint Town   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Spencer   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Reedy   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Peewee   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Burning Springs   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Elizabeth   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Gallia (OH)
  Bladen (OH)   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Crown City (OH)   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mills Village (OH)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Carlton (OH)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cheshire (OH)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Vinton (OH)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Centerville (OH)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (OH)
  Athalia (OH)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Proctorville (OH)   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Andis (OH)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Meigs (OH)
  Racine (OH)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Syracuse (OH)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bashan (OH)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Middleport (OH)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Keno (OH)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Rutland (OH)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Paradise ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Paradise.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Old Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bowles Ridge Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Bowles Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wade Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Britton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jeffries Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barnette Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Grandview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Giles - Stern Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Warner Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Showen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cartwright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Walker Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Winfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rock Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Crank Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moss Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Manilla Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Leadman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McClanahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Slater Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Boggess Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Duff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shamblin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shamblen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kirkpatrick Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW J L Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sam Derrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Floral Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Albert E Humphreys Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fisher Cemetery 1   [Map]     
  E Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Koontz Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Carney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kimberling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wolfe Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barnette Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Promise Land Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Atkeson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Buffalo Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Burdette Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rocky Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shorts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Altz Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sinclair Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE John Beane Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Sissonville Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Vandine Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Centerview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Paxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Grass Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harpold Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Given Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kimberling Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sayre Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pliny Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Buffalo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fraizer Bottom Church Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Paradise ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Paradise.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Paradise, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Paradise.

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.<3>

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

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

Confidence   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Paradise
 - Confidence had a post office and no railroad service
Sigman   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Paradise
 - Sigman had a post office and no railroad service
Extra   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Paradise
 - Extra had a post office and no railroad service
Hugo   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Paradise
 - Hugo had a post office and no railroad service
Liberty   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Paradise
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Liberty had a post office and no railroad service
Winfield   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Paradise
 - 1895 population of 302 people (with 2,359 people in 2017)
 - Winfield had a post office and no railroad service
Plymouth   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Paradise
 - Plymouth had a post office and railroad service
Bancroft   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Paradise
 - Bancroft had railroad service and no post office
Red House   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Paradise
 - Red House had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Paradise. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Paradise 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 websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although 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 Paradise:

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 Putnam County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Cabell County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



Lincoln County:     Cyndi's



Mason County:     Cyndi's



Roane County:     Cyndi's



Wirt County:     Cyndi's



Gallia County (OH):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (OH):     Cyndi's



Meigs County (OH):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

While our initial data about Paradise came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Paradise 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 Paradise.

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 Paradise:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in West Virginia

About Putnam County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Paradise. 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 '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- Paradise) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Paradise. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5848, Longitude: -81.7999     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Paradise have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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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<3>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 Paradise, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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