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Runa, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Runa ...

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 Runa (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Runa. 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.

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 hospitals and 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.

Runa is located in Nicholas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Nicholas County: Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha & Webster.

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

Nicholas     (The home county for Runa)
  Odell Town   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]<1>
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Elk Run Junction   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Janie   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Joes Creek   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Whitesville   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Keith   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Orgas   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sylvester   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Coopertown   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Clem   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Gassaway   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Sutton   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mudfork   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Clay   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Harrison   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Valley Fork   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hilton Village   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Ansted   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bellwood   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Beckwith   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Concho   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Crichton   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Quinwood   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Orient Hill   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hines   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Vale   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Unus   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Richlands   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Falling Spring   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Handley   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hollygrove   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pratt   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Glasgow   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  East Bank   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Eskdale   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Acme   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cabin Creek   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Clendenin   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Belle   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Buckeye   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Royal - Historic   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bradley   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Piney View   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Stanaford   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Prosperity   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Daniels   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Harper   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Old Mill Village   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pigeon   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Upperglade   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Erbacon   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Addison   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Big Run   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Runa ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Runa.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Runa covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Sugar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Buckhorn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Spruce Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gilgal Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fowlers Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE Dixon Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WNW White Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Rider Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Penile Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dotson - Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Jennette Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Catholic Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Amick Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fields Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Groves Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Downtain Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Runa ...

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 Runa.

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

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 Runa in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Runa.

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

Pool   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Runa
 - Pool had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Nebo   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Runa
 - Mount Nebo had a post office and no railroad service
Snow Hill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Runa
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Snow Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Fowler Knob   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Runa
 - 1895 population of 223 people
 - Fowler Knob had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Lookout   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Runa
 - Mount Lookout had a post office and no railroad service
Nutterville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Runa
 - Nutterville had a post office and no railroad service
Russellville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Runa
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Russellville had a post office and no railroad service
Clifty   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Runa
 - Clifty 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 Runa. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Runa in the 1890's.

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 and 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 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 Runa:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Nicholas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Braxton County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Greenbrier County:     Cyndi's



Kanawha County:     Cyndi's



Pocahontas County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Roane County:     Cyndi's



Summers County:     Cyndi's



Webster County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Nicholas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Runa. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.1429, Longitude: -80.8512     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Runa 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 Runa, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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