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Saint Albans, West Virginia

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Our Genealogical Helper for Saint Albans ...

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 Saint Albans (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 Saint Albans. 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.

Name Variations for Saint Albans ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Saint Albans.

  • Typical abbreviation for Saint Albans: St. Albans

Newspapers Published in the area of Saint Albans ...

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 112 newspapers that have been published in the area around Saint Albans.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Saint Albans. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Saint Albans and those printed in the larger area surrounding Saint Albans.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> of Saint Albans.

Cemeteries Near Saint Albans ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Saint Albans.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Cunningham Memorial Park   [Map]     
  E Bangor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW College Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Teays Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Sutherland - White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Burdette Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thurston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Grandview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bess Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Martin / Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Hazlette Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Forks of Coal Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSE Childress Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rocky Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE French Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Casdorph Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sam Derrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cartwright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Sanson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Owen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pate Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Matthews Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Swannor Watts Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McClanahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Leadman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW J L Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Showen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Newhouse Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Layne Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Thaxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shorts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Altz Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sinclair Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lane 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Saint Albans had a population of 1,375 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Saint Albans had a population of 100 people.

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

Sattes   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Saint Albans
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Sattes had a post office and railroad service
Tornado   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Saint Albans
 - Tornado had a post office and no railroad service
Scary   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Saint Albans
 - Scary had a post office and railroad service
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Saint Albans
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Davis Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Saint Albans
 - Davis Creek had railroad service and no post office
Mound - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mound was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Saint Albans
 - Mound had a post office and railroad service
Poca   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Saint Albans
 - 1895 population of 284 people (with 987 people in 2017)
 - Poca had a post office and railroad service
Garretts Bend   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Saint Albans
 - Garretts Bend 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 Saint Albans. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Saint Albans 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 and doctors 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.

Saint Albans is located in Kanawha County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kanawha County: Boone, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Lincoln, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh & Roane.

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

Kanawha     (The home county for Saint Albans)
      Jefferson   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Nitro   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Tornado   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dupont City   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Horse Creek Junction   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Julian   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Easly   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nellis   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Johns   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clay   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sod   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harts   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Banco   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Troy Town   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Holden   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Leon   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baden   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Poca   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Buffalo Creek   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wilsondale   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ceredo   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burlington (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Andis (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 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 Saint Albans:

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 Kanawha County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cabell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence 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 Kanawha County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Kanawha 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 Saint Albans ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Saint Albans:

The official website for Kanawha County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting in Saint Albans. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Saint Albans) 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 Saint Albans. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Saint Albans

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saint Albans. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3769, Longitude: -81.8198     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Saint Albans 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 Saint Albans, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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