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Our Genealogical Helper for Rolfe ...

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 Rolfe (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 Rolfe. 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 Rolfe ...

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 16 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rolfe.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rolfe, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rolfe.

Cemeteries Near Rolfe ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rolfe.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Algoma Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Mitchem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rotenberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rockhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Swim Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Music Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hollinsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  W New Belcher Mountain Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Belcher Mountain Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Coopers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Isaac Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hickory Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Pocahontas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bryant Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Miles Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harless Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Matoaka Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bud Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Witten Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rye Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Delp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Herndon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Perdus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dudley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Page Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Poe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Milam 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>

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

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

Kyle   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rolfe
 - Kyle had a post office and no railroad service
Powhatan   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Rolfe
 - Powhatan had a post office and railroad service
Algoma   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Rolfe
 - Algoma had a post office and no railroad service
Elkhorn   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rolfe
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Elkhorn had a post office and railroad service
Ennis   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Rolfe
 - Ennis had a post office and railroad service
Switchback   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rolfe
 - Switchback had railroad service and no post office
Maybeury   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rolfe
 - 1895 population of 875 people
 - Maybeury had railroad service and no post office
Coaldale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rolfe
 - Coaldale 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 Rolfe. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rolfe 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Rolfe is located in McDowell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of McDowell County: Buchanan (VA), Tazewell (VA), Mercer, Mingo & Wyoming.

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

McDowell     (The home county for Rolfe)
      Northfork   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Elkhorn   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Anawalt   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Thorpe   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Gary   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Welch   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Davy   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      War   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Union City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bradshaw   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rocklick   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bald Knob   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lindytown - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barrett   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pondco   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Twilight   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bandytown   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bim   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stark   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Janie   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cazy   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kohlsaat   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pax   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Man   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Omar   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Coopers   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bramwell   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Montcalm   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Johnston Town   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bluefield   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Edison   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oakvale   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wharncliffe   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pie   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Musick   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Peterstown   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rhodell   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Eastgulf   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Helen   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sophia   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lester   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tolleys   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tilden   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Shady Spring   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bud   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Uno   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Pike (KY)
      Stopover (KY)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Majestic (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Buchanan (VA)
      Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kelsa (VA)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Janey (VA)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grundy (VA)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Royal City (VA)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Vansant (VA)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (VA)
      Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Narrows (VA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bluff City (VA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Pulaski (VA)
      Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Russell (VA)
      Dye (VA)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Russell (VA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Smyth (VA)
      Atkins (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Marion (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tazewell (VA)
      Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Boissevain (VA)   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bluefield (VA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Little Town (VA)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tazewell (VA)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Richlands (VA)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Raven (VA)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Wythe (VA)
      Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wytheville (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Max Meadows (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 Rolfe:

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 McDowell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Buchanan County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pulaski County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Smyth County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wythe County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of McDowell County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of McDowell 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rolfe. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4179, Longitude: -81.4012     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rolfe 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 Rolfe, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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