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Our Genealogical Helper for Saint Clara ...

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 Clara (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 Clara. 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 Clara ...

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 Clara.

  • Typical abbreviation for Saint Clara: St. Clara

Newspapers Published in Saint Clara ...

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Saint Clara.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Saint Clara, 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 Saint Clara.

Cemeteries Near Saint Clara ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW St. Clara Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Pt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Halderman Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Redemption Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Hurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Woofter Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Lowther Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Brannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Earnest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Big Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Coldwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Indian Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Carder Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Keister Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Woofter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Union Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Leason Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Toms Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Troy - IOOF Cemetery<2>   [Map]     
  SSW Farnsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rock Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rock Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Middle Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW South Branch East Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Auburn Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Field Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Big Isaac Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hart Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blandville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Horn Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Bernard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harrison Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Waldeck Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Greenbrier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW South Fork 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 Clara had a population of 90 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Leopold   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Saint Clara
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Leopold had a post office and no railroad service
Coldwater   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Saint Clara
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Coldwater had a post office and no railroad service
Grove   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Saint Clara
 - 1895 population of 51 people
 - Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Conings   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Saint Clara
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Conings had a post office and no railroad service
Vadis   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Saint Clara
 - Vadis had a post office and no railroad service
Alum Bridge   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Saint Clara
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Alum Bridge had a post office and no railroad service
Churchville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Saint Clara
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Churchville had a post office and no railroad service
Avon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Saint Clara
 - Avon had a post office and no railroad service
Market   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Saint Clara
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Market had a post office and no railroad service
Camden   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Saint Clara
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Camden 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 Clara. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Saint Clara 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 doctors and 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.

Saint Clara is located in Doddridge County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Doddridge County: Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Ritchie, Tyler & Wetzel.

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

Doddridge     (The home county for Saint Clara)
      Smithburg   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      West Union   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Audra   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Union   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Belington   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Junior   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clem   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Orma   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gore   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Despard   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bane   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barker   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slate   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (OH)
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 Saint Clara:

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 Doddridge County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour 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    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    
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 Doddridge County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Doddridge 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 Clara ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in West Virginia

About Doddridge County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Saint Clara. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1220, Longitude: -80.6873     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Saint Clara have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>UMC is an abbreviation for the United Methodist Church

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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 Clara, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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