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Our Genealogical Helper for Russellville ...

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 Russellville (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 Russellville. 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 Russellville ...

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 Russellville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Russellville, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Russellville.

Cemeteries Near Russellville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Russellville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Rider Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Amick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jennette Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ENE Sugar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Smailes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Shuck Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Buckhorn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Spruce Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNE Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gilgal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fowlers Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NE Dixon Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Restlawn Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  W Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Penile 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 Russellville had a population of 22 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Lookout   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Russellville
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Lookout had a post office and no railroad service
Nutterville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Russellville
 - Nutterville had a post office and no railroad service
Clifftop   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Russellville
 - Clifftop had a post office and no railroad service
Ravenseye   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Russellville
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Ravenseye had a post office and no railroad service
Pool   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Russellville
 - Pool had a post office and no railroad service
Clifty   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Russellville
 - Clifty had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Lookout   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Russellville
 - Mount Lookout had a post office and no railroad service
Beauty   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Russellville
 - Beauty 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 Russellville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Russellville 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.

Russellville is primarily located in Fayette County. A portion of Russellville extends into Greenbrier County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Fayette County: Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers.

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

Fayette     (The home county for Russellville)
      Hilton Village   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Meadow Bridge   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Spring Dale   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Elk Run Junction   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Janie   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Whitesville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Joes Creek   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orgas   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sylvester   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coopertown   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Keith   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fosterville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cabot   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kirbyton   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clem   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hines   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Vale   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Unus   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alderson   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Handley   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Acme   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Belle   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Harper   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - you should note 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 Russellville:

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 Fayette 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    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pocahontas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in West Virginia

About Fayette County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Russellville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.0765, Longitude: -80.8923     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Russellville 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 Russellville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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