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Our Genealogical Helper for Salem ...

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 Salem (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 Salem. 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 Salem ...

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 Salem.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Salem, there are papers which were published within 4 miles [6.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Salem.

Cemeteries Near Salem ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Salem.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  W High Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNE Huse Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW John Nugen Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Abbot Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Holly Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Meadow Haven Memorial Park   [Map]     
  W Wriston Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Powers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Lively Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rinehart Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Cottle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WSW Lively Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pax Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Royal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jennette Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Page Tabernackle Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Scarbro Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wriston Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wriston Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Lafferty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sutphin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Abbott - Huddleston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Layland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smailes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Restlawn Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  N Westlake Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Robson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kingston Cemeteries   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


       

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

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

Thurmond   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Salem
 - Thurmond had a post office and railroad service
 
Oak Hill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Salem
 - 1895 population of 98 people (with 8,338 people in 2017)
 - Oak Hill had a post office and no railroad service
 
Dimmock   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Salem
 - Dimmock had railroad service and no post office
 
Rush Run - Historic   [Map]
 - While Rush Run was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Salem
 - Rush Run had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gatewood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Salem
 - Gatewood had a post office and no railroad service
 
Beury   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Salem
 - Beury had a post office and no railroad service
 
East Sewell - Historic   [Map]
 - While East Sewell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Salem
 - East Sewell had railroad service and no post office
 
Fayetteville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Salem
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 2,772 people in 2017)
 - Fayetteville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Fire Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Fire Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Salem
 - 1895 population of 250 people
 - Fire Creek had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Salem. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Salem 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 northwest 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 north.

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 north 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.

Salem is located in Fayette County.

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

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

  DirectionDistance
Fayette     (The home county for Salem)
      Thurmond   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pax   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
 
Boone
      Janie   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Whitesville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elk Run Junction   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Sylvester   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Joes Creek   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Keith   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Orgas   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Coopertown   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cabot   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fosterville   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lindytown - Historic   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Milltown   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Prenter   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Clay
      Hartland   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clay   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Greenbrier
      Rainelle   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hines   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vale   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Alderson   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Frazier   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Spring   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Kanawha
      Carbon   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Acme   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Handley   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Winifrede   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Belle   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Mercer
      Athens   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Monroe
      Ballard   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Nicholas
      Beech Glen   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Raleigh
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Harper   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
 
Summers
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Webster
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Wyoming
      Mullens   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bud   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 Salem:

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    
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    
Mercer 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      
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      
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Fayette County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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 ...
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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Salem. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Salem. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Salem) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Salem. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9893, Longitude: -81.1154     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Salem 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: findagrave.com.

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

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