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Our Genealogical Helper for Rockland ...

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 Rockland (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 Rockland. 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 Rockland ...

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 Rockland.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rockland, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rockland.

Cemeteries Near Rockland ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rockland.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Heltsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Christ Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wakemans Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Stoney Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Patmos Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sugar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Dale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Forge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sunset View Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Powder Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cedarwood 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Rockland had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Perry   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rockland
 - 1895 population of 10 people
 - Perry had a post office and no railroad service
Jerome (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rockland
 - Jerome had a post office and no railroad service
Columbia Furnace (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rockland
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Columbia Furnace had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Luke (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rockland
 - 1895 population of 13 people
 - Saint Luke had a post office and no railroad service
Alonzaville (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Rockland
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Alonzaville had a post office and no railroad service
Van Buren Furnace (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rockland
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Van Buren Furnace had a post office and no railroad service
Needmore   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Rockland
 - Needmore had a post office and no railroad service
Calvary (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rockland
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Calvary 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 Rockland. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rockland 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 southeast 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 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.

Rockland is located in Hardy County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hardy County: Frederick (VA), Rockingham (VA), Shenandoah (VA), Grant, Hampshire & Pendleton.

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

Hardy     (The home county for Rockland)
      Baker   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lost City   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Wardensville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Romney   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Three Churches   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ritters   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fort Ashby   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brushy Run   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Onego   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clarke (VA)
      White Post (VA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Waterloo (VA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boyce (VA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Berrys (VA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Berryville (VA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fauquier (VA)
      Petersburg (VA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Markham (VA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Frederick (VA)
      Middletown (VA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Stephens City (VA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Echo Village (VA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Welltown (VA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      White Hall (VA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Harrisonburg City (VA)
      Harrisonburg (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Page (VA)
      Luray (VA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Stanley (VA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Shenandoah (VA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
Rappahannock (VA)
      Washington (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Rockingham (VA)
      Plains Mill (VA)   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Timberville (VA)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cootes Store (VA)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fulks Run (VA)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Broadway (VA)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Mayland (VA)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Turleytown (VA)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lacey Spring (VA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Singers Glen (VA)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Linville (VA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hinton (VA)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coakley Town (VA)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Shenandoah (VA)
      Columbia Furnace (VA)   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Edinburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Woodstock (VA)   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Basye-Bryce Mountain (VA)   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Toms Brook (VA)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mount Jackson (VA)   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Strasburg (VA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      New Market (VA)   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
Warren (VA)
      Overall (VA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Reliance (VA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Royal Village (VA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Front Royal (VA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Riverton (VA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Viscose City (VA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
Winchester City (VA)
      Winchester (VA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 - 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 Rockland:

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 Hardy County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hampshire County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pendleton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fauquier County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Frederick County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrisonburg City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Page County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rappahannock County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rockingham County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shenandoah County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Warren County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Winchester City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Hardy County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockland. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9443, Longitude: -78.6925     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rockland 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 Rockland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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