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Our Genealogical Helper for Rover ...

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 Rover (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 Rover. 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 Rover ...

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 13 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rover.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rover, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rover.

Cemeteries Near Rover ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rover.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sheppard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mayberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Buffalo Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Two Ripple Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beauchamp - Newman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Two Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Saratoga Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Grandview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Center Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cranesnest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Deem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McCutcheon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Solon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hill Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Beaty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rector Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ruble Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wells - Seaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gaites Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Gridley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McClung Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Limestone Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sandy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Board Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pine Twist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fought Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Deem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gates Ridge EUB Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Archer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Kanawha Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Callow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Deem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Depue Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McCrae Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Leachtown Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Vaught Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Central Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lowdell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Buck Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hooam Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Belt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Freeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Big Tygart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Big Tygart Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Naylor Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Amos Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shaffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Buckner 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 Rover in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rover.

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

Zackville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rover
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Zackville had a post office and no railroad service
Elizabeth   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rover
 - 1895 population of 710 people (with 827 people in 2017)
 - Elizabeth had a post office and no railroad service
Peewee   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rover
 - 1895 population of 97 people
 - Peewee had a post office and no railroad service
Lucile   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rover
 - Lucile had a post office and railroad service
Windy   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Rover
 - Windy had a post office and no railroad service
McClain   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rover
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - McClain had a post office and no railroad service
Evelyn - Historic   [Map]
 - While Evelyn was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rover
 - 1895 population of 98 people
 - Evelyn had a post office and no railroad service
Burning Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rover
 - 1895 population of 542 people
 - Burning Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Garfield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Rover
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Garfield 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 Rover. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rover 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 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.

Rover is located in Wirt County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wirt County: Calhoun, Jackson, Ritchie, Roane & Wood.

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

Wirt     (The home county for Rover)
      Elizabeth   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Orma   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Union   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baden   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mason   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Leon   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Slate   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Washington   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
Athens (OH)
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Carsey Town (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Armadale (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Amesville (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mudsock (OH) - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Carlton (OH)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cheshire (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Middleport (OH)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rutland (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Morgan (OH)
      Chesterhill (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (OH)
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Redbush (OH)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Marietta (OH)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Devola (OH)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lowell (OH)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beverly (OH)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Rover:

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 Wirt County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton 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    
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    
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Tyler 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    
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan 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 Wirt County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Wirt 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 ...

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About Wirt County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rover. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0145, Longitude: -81.4271     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rover 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 Rover, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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