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Our Genealogical Helper for Polk Gap ...

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 Polk Gap (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 insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Polk Gap. 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.

Newspapers Published in Polk Gap ...

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 10 newspapers that have been published in the area around Polk Gap.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Polk Gap, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Polk Gap.

Cemeteries Near Polk Gap ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Polk Gap.

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 new browser window will open with a Google map 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 and 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 Polk Gap covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Tilley - Tolliver Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Frye Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bower Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Farmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Farmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Glen Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Accord Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Richmond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Snuffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Trump Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Worley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ENE Slab Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Davis - Bailey Homestead Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Covey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Workman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Trail Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Trump Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Henderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dickens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cannaday Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hillcrest Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Hickory Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bud Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Honaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Aliff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Snuffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tulliver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Flashman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rorrer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sarrett - Lemon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wills Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cook Cemetery   [Map]     


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 Polk Gap in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Polk Gap.

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

McGraws   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Polk Gap
 - McGraws had a post office and no railroad service
Saulsville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Polk Gap
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Saulsville had a post office and no railroad service
Newfound   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Polk Gap
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Newfound had a post office and no railroad service
Rock View   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Polk Gap
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Rock View had a post office and no railroad service
Lester   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Polk Gap
 - 1895 population of 11 people (with 323 people in 2017)
 - Lester had a post office and no railroad service
Crany   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Polk Gap
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Crany had a post office and no railroad service
Redbird   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Polk Gap
 - Redbird had a post office and no railroad service
Pineville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Polk Gap
 - 1895 population of 53 people (with 599 people in 2017)
 - Pineville 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 Polk Gap. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Polk Gap in the 1890's.

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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Polk Gap is located in Wyoming County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wyoming County: Boone, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo & Raleigh.

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

Wyoming     (The home county for Polk Gap)
      Mullens   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bud   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Uno   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rocklick   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bald Knob   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lindytown - Historic   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Barrett   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pondco   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Twilight   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Whitesville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bandytown   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Elk Run Junction   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Janie   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bim   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pax   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Meadow Bridge   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Vale   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Acme   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Handley   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Winifrede   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belle   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Man   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Omar   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Logan   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holden   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Northfork   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Davy   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Welch   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Elkhorn   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Thorpe   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gary   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Anawalt   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Iaeger   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Union City   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coopers   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Montcalm   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bramwell   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Johnston Town   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Athens   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Edison   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bluefield   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oakvale   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wharncliffe   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pie   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Musick   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Red Jacket   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blackberry City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Matewan   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Peterstown   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helen   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Eastgulf   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rhodell   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tolleys   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sophia   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Harper   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Pike (KY)
      Majestic (KY)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stopover (KY)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Freeburn (KY)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Buchanan (VA)
      Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kelsa (VA)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 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   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Boissevain (VA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bluefield (VA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tazewell (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Little Town (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 Polk Gap:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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 Wyoming County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
McDowell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Buchanan County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in West Virginia

About Wyoming County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Polk Gap. 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 that begins in Polk Gap. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Polk Gap) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Polk Gap. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6768, Longitude: -81.4226     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Polk Gap 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 Polk Gap, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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