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Perkins, West Virginia
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Our Genealogy Helper for Perkins ...

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 Perkins (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 Perkins. 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 and hospitals 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.

Perkins is located in Gilmer County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Gilmer County: Braxton, Calhoun, Doddridge, Lewis & Ritchie.

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

Gilmer     (The home county for Perkins)
  Glenville   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Truebada   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Sand Fork   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Exchange   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Clem   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Gassaway   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Sutton   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Burnsville   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Heaters   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Orma   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Arnoldsburg   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Mudfork   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Grantsville   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Harrison   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Valley Fork   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Clay   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Smithburg   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  West Union   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Salem   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lost Creek   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  West Milford   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Kentuck   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Odaville   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Clendenin   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Aarons   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Elkview   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pinch   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Camden   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cox Town   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Smith Village   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Weston   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Garton Village   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Valley Chapel   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Jane Lew   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Helvetia   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cantwell   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Pullman   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Harrisville   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cairo   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ellenboro   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pennsboro   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Spencer   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Reedy   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Flint Town   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Frenchton   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Wilsontown   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Goshen   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hoover Town   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Buckhannon   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Erbacon   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hacker Valley   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Upperglade   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Addison   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Burning Springs   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Elizabeth   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Peewee   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Freeport   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Greencastle   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Slate   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Kanawha   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Perkins ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Perkins.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Orton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bourn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Earl Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Currycomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mollahan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Downey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Engel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Elihu - Stump Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Boone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Goodrich Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Boone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Starkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Snakeroot Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Chenowith - Reip Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Houston - Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jack Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Burk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Moss Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sylvester Stump Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Booher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dickey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moyers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Zeke Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Knotts Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Orma Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bailey - Siers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Walnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Elmira Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE James Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Keyster Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Roling Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Barr Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sturm Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bannon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Greathouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Minnora Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mollohan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McCune Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moss Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stumble Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mace Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Perkins ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Perkins.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Perkins, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Perkins.

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>

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

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

Bennett - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bennett was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Perkins
 - Bennett had a post office and no railroad service
Rosedale   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Perkins
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Rosedale had a post office and no railroad service
Progress - Historic   [Map]
 - While Progress was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Perkins
 - Progress had a post office and no railroad service
Normantown   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Perkins
 - 1895 population of 102 people
 - Normantown had a post office and no railroad service
German - Historic   [Map]
 - While German was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Perkins
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - German had a post office and no railroad service
Stumptown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Perkins
 - Stumptown had a post office and no railroad service
Hope - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hope was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Perkins
 - Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Cedarville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Perkins
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Cedarville had a post office and no railroad service
Sleith - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sleith was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Perkins
 - Sleith 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 Perkins. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Perkins in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites of 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 - 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 Perkins:

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 Gilmer County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Gilmer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Perkins. 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 from Point A (ie- Perkins) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Perkins. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7845, Longitude: -80.9259     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Perkins 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 Perkins, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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