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Our Genealogical Helper for Progress ...

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

We've added Progress to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Progress, 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 Progress (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 Progress. 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 Progress ...

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 Progress.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Progress, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Progress.

Cemeteries Near Progress ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Progress.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Engel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Currycomb Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Bourn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Starkey Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Boone Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Houston - Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moyers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jack Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Earl Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dickey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S James Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mollahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Orton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Burk Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Downey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stumble Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Otter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Moss Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Boone Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Goodrich Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Keener Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bealls Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cutlip Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Elihu - Stump Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Chenowith - Reip Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Elmira Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Snakeroot Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mollohan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pt. Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Camden Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Right Hand Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sylvester Stump Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ebenezer 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.

Progress itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having a post office and no railroad service.

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

German - Historic   [Map]
 - While German was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Progress
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - German had a post office and no railroad service
Home   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Progress
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Home had a post office and no railroad service
Chapel   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Progress
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Chapel had a post office and no railroad service
Hope - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hope was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Progress
 - Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Rosedale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Progress
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Rosedale had a post office and no railroad service
Bennett - Historic   [Map]
 - While Bennett was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Progress
 - Bennett had a post office and no railroad service
Cutlips   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Progress
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Cutlips had a post office and no railroad service
Cedarville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Progress
 - 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 Southwest (SW) from Progress
 - 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 Progress. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Progress 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 hospitals and doctors 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.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Braxton County: Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Lewis, Nicholas & Webster.

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

Braxton     (The home county for Progress)
      Exchange   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clem   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Orma   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Union   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Weston   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slate   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 Progress:

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 Braxton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Progress ...

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

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 Progress:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
The GNIS database contains an entry for Progress.
      See our Misc Page for Progress for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Braxton 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 Progress, 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 'straight-line' distance beginning in Progress. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Progress) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Progress. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7593, Longitude: -80.8659     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Progress have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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