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Riley, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Riley ...

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 Riley (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 Riley. 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Riley is located in 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 Riley. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Riley:

Raleigh     (The home county for Riley)
  Stanaford   [Map]     E   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Piney View   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Prosperity   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Bradley   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Old Mill Village   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Harper   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Whitesville   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Janie   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Elk Run Junction   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lindytown - Historic   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Sylvester   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Rocklick   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bald Knob   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Twilight   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Keith   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Orgas   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bandytown   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Barrett   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Pax   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Concho   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Vale   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hines   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Orient Hill   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Crichton   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Quinwood   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Frazier   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fort Spring   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Acme   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Eskdale   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Handley   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hollygrove   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Pratt   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Glasgow   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cabin Creek   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  East Bank   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Winifrede   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Chesapeake   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Belle   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 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   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Welch   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Davy   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gary   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Athens   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Edison   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Union   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bud   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Uno   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Riley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Riley.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W W.T. Warden Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Teel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greenwood Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSW St. Sebastians Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wright Hunter Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Calfee Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. TaborCemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Hall Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Plumley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE William Kidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Royal Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Biggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sweeney Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Aliff Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pemberton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW William Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Maynor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Maynor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Turner Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Snuffer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cannaday Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pax Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Athey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tulliver Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Trail Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Crook Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Russ Lilly Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cottle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lively Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sutphin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lafferty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McGinnis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wiseman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Slab Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Holly Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Beechnut Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Lively Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Riley ...

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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Riley.

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

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>

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

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

Prosperity   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Riley
 - 1895 population of 56 people
 - Prosperity had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Hope   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Riley
 - Mount Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Daniels   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Riley
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Daniels had a post office and no railroad service
Grandview   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Riley
 - Grandview had a post office and no railroad service
Crow   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Riley
 - Crow had a post office and no railroad service
Quinnimont   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Riley
 - 1895 population of 600 people
 - Quinnimont had a post office and railroad service
Prince   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Riley
 - Prince had a post office and railroad service
Pemberton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Riley
 - 1895 population of 13 people
 - Pemberton 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 Riley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Riley in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Riley:

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



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



Logan County:     Cyndi's



McDowell County:     Cyndi's



Mercer County:     Cyndi's



Monroe County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Summers County:     Cyndi's



Wyoming County:     Cyndi's



Giles County (VA):     Cyndi's



Tazewell County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of West Virginia,
Cemeteries of 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 ...

Communities in West Virginia

About Raleigh County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Riley. 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 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Riley) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Riley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.8154, Longitude: -81.1609     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Riley 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 Riley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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