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Our Genealogical Helper for Romance ...

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 Romance (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 Romance. 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 Romance ...

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 10 newspapers that have been published in the area around Romance.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Romance, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Romance.

Cemeteries Near Romance ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Romance.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Comer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Covey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fields Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mangus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Carney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Koontz Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fisher Cemetery 1   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Berry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blackshire Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wheatcraft Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kiser Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Siders Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Counts Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Duff Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Duff Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Boggess Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Slater Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Paxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Centerview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Clendenin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shafer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Counts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kiser Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Albert E Humphreys Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Haynes Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Haynes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hackney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Presley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Skeen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fletcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hatcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shamblin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Crank Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sissonville Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW John Beane Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Vandine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fields Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Presley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Skeen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rock Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Newhouser Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Godby Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shamblen Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Asbury Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Baxter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fougharty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Paxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Larch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Grass Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Casto Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Britton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Floral Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hanes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Vickers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Withrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pauley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE White Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Altz Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sinclair Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shorts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sheets Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Donahue Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shadydale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Woodfell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jeffries Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW McClanahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Thaxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Southall Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Monk Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cavender Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Burdette - Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Casto - Crane Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shafer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Droddy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wolfe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moss Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Barnette Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Siniaville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Scott 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>

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

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

Carney - Historic   [Map]
 - While Carney was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Romance
 - Carney had a post office and no railroad service
Island Branch   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Romance
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Island Branch had a post office and no railroad service
Goldtown   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Romance
 - Goldtown had a post office and no railroad service
Kentuck   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Romance
 - 1895 population of 158 people
 - Kentuck had a post office and no railroad service
Sissonville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Romance
 - 1895 population of 123 people
 - Sissonville had a post office and no railroad service
Blundon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Romance
 - Blundon had a post office and no railroad service
Cicerone   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Romance
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Cicerone had a post office and no railroad service
Kettle   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Romance
 - Kettle 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 Romance. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Romance 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.

Romance is located in Jackson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jackson County: Meigs (OH), Kanawha, Mason, Putnam, Roane, Wirt & Wood.

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

Jackson     (The home county for Romance)
      Kentuck   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Easly   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Johns   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nellis   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Peytona   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Racine   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clem   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Orma   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clay   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sod   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Baden   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Leon   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Upland   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mason   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Poca   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Slate   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Carlton (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cheshire (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Middleport (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Romance:

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 Jackson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cabell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln 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      
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs 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 Jackson County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Jackson 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Jackson County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Romance. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5973, Longitude: -81.5987     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Romance 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 Romance, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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