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Our Genealogical Helper for Rusk ...

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 Rusk (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 Rusk. 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 Rusk ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rusk.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Rusk, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Rusk.

Cemeteries Near Rusk ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rusk.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Swisher Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Beckner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Metz Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Heck Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Freeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Elfritz Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Goose Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greenhill Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Everly Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Farr Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Pine Twist Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rexroach Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Fought Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rizer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Six Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beha Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wells - Seaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Haught Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Newland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Layfields Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Two Ripple Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hartley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Middle Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McMullen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Vaught Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kanawha Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Leachtown Community Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Beauchamp - Newman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ruble Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wolverton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ayers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE King Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moyers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ingram Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Grant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Farrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Caplinger Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Buckner Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Deem 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 in 1895, Rusk had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Cisco   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Rusk
 - Cisco had a post office and no railroad service
Petroleum   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Rusk
 - 1895 population of 105 people
 - Petroleum had a post office and railroad service
Freeport   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Rusk
 - 1895 population of 69 people
 - Freeport had a post office and no railroad service
Oxbow   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rusk
 - Oxbow had a post office and no railroad service
Eaton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Rusk
 - Eaton had railroad service and no post office
Cantwell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Rusk
 - Cantwell had a post office and no railroad service
Cairo   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Rusk
 - 1895 population of 425 people (with 262 people in 2017)
 - Cairo had a post office and railroad service
Nutter Farm   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rusk
 - Nutter Farm had a post office and no railroad service
Hartley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Rusk
 - Hartley 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 Rusk. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rusk 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 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.

Rusk is located in Ritchie County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Ritchie County: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Pleasants, Tyler, Wirt & Wood.

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

Ritchie     (The home county for Rusk)
      Cantwell   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Orma   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      West Union   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Camden   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Slate   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Williamstown   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
Athens (OH)
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Armadale (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Carsey Town (OH)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Monroe (OH)
      Graysville (OH)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Plainview (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stafford (OH)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Morgan (OH)
      Stockport (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chesterhill (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Noble (OH)
      Harriettsville (OH)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dexter City (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dungannon (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Washington (OH)
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Marietta (OH)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Devola (OH)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Redbush (OH)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lowell (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Macksburg (OH)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beverly (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 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 Rusk:

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 Ritchie 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    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis 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    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wetzel 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    
Athens County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noble 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 Ritchie County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Ritchie 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 Rusk ...

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

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 Rusk:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Rusk.
      See our Misc Page for Rusk for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in West Virginia

About Ritchie County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rusk. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1551, Longitude: -81.2540     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rusk 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 Rusk, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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