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Our Genealogical Helper for Rocksdale ...

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 Rocksdale (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 Rocksdale. 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 Rocksdale ...

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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rocksdale.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rocksdale, 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 Rocksdale.

Cemeteries Near Rocksdale ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rocksdale.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Dry Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Starcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Starcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Coon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stalman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Slider Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hur Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Triplett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Husk Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bryners Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Villers Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Bower Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hays Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Craig Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Arnoldsburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Barr Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Snyder Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Depue Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Millerville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Spencer Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McKown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McCrae Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wayne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wayne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mace Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sturm Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Roling Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bigbend Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hooam Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Sixteen Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Eventide Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Clover Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Greathouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Depue Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Knotts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Betts Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Maze Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fox Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Coe - Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fink Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Orma Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Zeke Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Belt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Solon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kincaid Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Chewning Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Minnora Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Booher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sylvester Stump Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beaty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rector Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Broomstick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Waggoner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Goodnight Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hill Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Callow 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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Rocksdale had a population of 28 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Richardson   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Rocksdale
 - Richardson had a post office and no railroad service
Altizer   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rocksdale
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Altizer had a post office and no railroad service
Hur   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Rocksdale
 - Hur had a post office and no railroad service
Pink   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Rocksdale
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Pink had a post office and no railroad service
Triplett   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Rocksdale
 - Triplett had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Zion   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rocksdale
 - Mount Zion had a post office and no railroad service
Beech   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rocksdale
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Beech had a post office and no railroad service
Arnoldsburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rocksdale
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Arnoldsburg had a post office and no railroad service
Sycamore   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Rocksdale
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Sycamore had a post office and no railroad service
Millard   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Rocksdale
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Millard had a post office and no railroad service
Spencer   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rocksdale
 - 1895 population of 431 people (with 2,111 people in 2017)
 - Spencer had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Rocksdale. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rocksdale 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.

Rocksdale is located in Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Braxton, Clay, Gilmer, Ritchie, Roane & Wirt.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Rocksdale)
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Orma   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clay   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Union   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baden   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Leon   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Slate   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Washington   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Athens (OH)
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Washington (OH)
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Redbush (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Rocksdale:

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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton 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    
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    
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Putnam 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    
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    
Athens County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a West Virginia Community

About Calhoun County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rocksdale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8448, Longitude: -81.2182     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rocksdale 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 Rocksdale, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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