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Our Genealogical Helper for Romney ...

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 Romney (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 Romney. 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 the area of Romney ...

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 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Romney.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Romney. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Romney and those printed in the larger area surrounding Romney.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> of Romney.

Cemeteries Near Romney ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Romney.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Indian Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Greenwall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Miller McCarty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Leatherman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Whip Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bever Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Schoemaker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Mountaindale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Eusiva Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mineral Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ludwick Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Elijah High Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Reece Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Headsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Staggs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Van Meter Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hotts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Thrush Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Delawder Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Roderick Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Sloan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bane Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Peerce Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Umstot Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Urice & Kerns Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cabin Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Thrush 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 Romney had a population of 451 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Romney had a population of 1,737 people.

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

Wapocomo   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Romney
 - Wapocomo had a post office and no railroad service
Junction   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Romney
 - Junction had a post office and no railroad service
Barnes Mill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Romney
 - Barnes Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Three Churches   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Romney
 - Three Churches had a post office and no railroad service
Grace   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Romney
 - Grace had railroad service and no post office
Headsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Romney
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Headsville had a post office and no railroad service
Augusta   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Romney
 - 1895 population of 101 people
 - Augusta had a post office and no railroad service
Springfield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Romney
 - 1895 population of 168 people
 - Springfield had a post office and railroad service
Reeses Mill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Romney
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Reeses Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Ruckman   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Romney
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Ruckman 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 Romney. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Romney 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 and hospitals 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.

Romney is located in Hampshire County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hampshire County: Allegany (MD), Frederick (VA), Hardy, Mineral & Morgan.

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

Hampshire     (The home county for Romney)
      Ritters   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Three Churches   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bunker Hill   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arden   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Inwood   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wardensville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Baker   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lost City   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fort Ashby   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Carpendale   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wiley Ford   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ridgeley   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Paw Paw   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bath   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Davis   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Rawlings (MD)   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Spring Gap (MD)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oldtown (MD)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pinto (MD)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Barton (MD)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Westernport (MD)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Midland (MD)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Nikep (MD)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Loarville (MD)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Shanty Town (MD) - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Keifers (MD)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grantsville (MD)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (MD)
      Hancock (MD)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Bedford (PA)
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hyndman (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Purcell (PA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rainsburg (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Somerset (PA)
      Wellersburg (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Callimont (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Salisbury (PA)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fairhope (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glade City (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Meyersdale (PA)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hays Mill (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Johnsburg (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Garrett (PA)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berlin (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clarke (VA)
      Waterloo (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      White Post (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Frederick (VA)
      Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      White Hall (VA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Welltown (VA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Echo Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Middletown (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stephens City (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Shenandoah (VA)
      Strasburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Toms Brook (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Columbia Furnace (VA)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodstock (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Basye-Bryce Mountain (VA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Edinburg (VA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Warren (VA)
      Reliance (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Riverton (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Royal Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Winchester City (VA)
      Winchester (VA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that 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 Romney:

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 Hampshire County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Berkeley County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tucker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allegany County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bedford County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Somerset County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Frederick 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 Hampshire County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Hampshire 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 Romney ...

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

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 Romney:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Romney in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Romney for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Romney.
      See our Misc Page for Romney for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Hampshire County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Romney. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Romney

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Romney. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3455, Longitude: -78.7564     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Romney 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 Romney, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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