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Our Genealogical Helper for Rockford ...

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 Rockford (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 Rockford. 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 Rockford ...

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 50 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rockford.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rockford, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rockford.

Cemeteries Near Rockford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rockford.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Rockford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Brick Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Stouts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jesse Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Duck Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Straley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Gnatty Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Horeb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wolfe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sheets Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Adkinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Radcliffe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Haymond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Norman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Clare IOOF Cemetery<3>   [Map]     
  W Broad Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Life Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Laurel Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Floral Hills Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Bond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Post Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W McCann Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Smith Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oakington Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Davison Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stonewall Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Center Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fortney Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Gee Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Butcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Milford Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Machperlah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Peterson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Weston Masonic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Horner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Reger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Borring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Bailey Ave. Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oreslip Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Olive 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.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Rockford had a population of 125 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Lost Creek   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rockford
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 474 people in 2017)
 - Lost Creek had a post office and railroad service
Johnstown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rockford
 - 1895 population of 120 people
 - Johnstown had a post office and no railroad service
Jane Lew   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rockford
 - 1895 population of 228 people (with 392 people in 2017)
 - Jane Lew had a post office and railroad service
Romines Mills   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rockford
 - 1895 population of 164 people
 - Romines Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Craigmoor   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rockford
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Craigmoor had a post office and no railroad service
Berlin   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rockford
 - Berlin had a post office and no railroad service
Aberdeen   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Rockford
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Aberdeen had a post office and no railroad service
Quiet Dell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rockford
 - 1895 population of 98 people
 - Quiet Dell 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 Rockford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rockford 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Rockford is located in Harrison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Harrison County: Barbour, Doddridge, Lewis, Marion, Taylor, Upshur & Wetzel.

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

Harrison     (The home county for Rockford)
      Lost Creek   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      West Milford   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Despard   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gore   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Union   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Belington   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      West Union   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barker   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 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 Rockford:

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 Harrison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton 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    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tucker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler 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      
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

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 Rockford:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Rockford.
      See our Misc Page for Rockford for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Harrison County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Rockford. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Harrison County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Rockford. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Rockford) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockford. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1365, Longitude: -80.3323     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rockford 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>UMC is an abbreviation for the United Methodist Church

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<4>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 Rockford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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