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Salem, West Virginia
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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 39 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 11 miles [17.7 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 &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW K of P Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Greenbrier Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cascara Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Grass Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Doak Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Victory Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wolverton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Sedalia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Big Isaac Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Marshville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Big Battle Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Keys Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McIntire Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Middle Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Borring Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Plant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Blandville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Toms Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Indian Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Archbold Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Coldwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Milford Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ash Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rittenhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Swiger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dye Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Post Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wetzel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Underwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  


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 Salem had a population of 310 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Salem had a population of 1,492 people.

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

Miletus   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Salem
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Miletus had a post office and no railroad service
Long Run   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Salem
 - 1895 population of 119 people
 - Long Run had a post office and railroad service
Zinnia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Salem
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Zinnia had a post office and no railroad service
Jarvisville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Salem
 - 1895 population of 121 people
 - Jarvisville had a post office and no railroad service
Wolf Summit   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Salem
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Wolf Summit had a post office and railroad service
Marshville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Salem
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Marshville had a post office and no railroad service
Sedalia   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Salem
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Sedalia had a post office and no railroad service
Big Isaac   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Salem
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Big Isaac 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 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 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 Harrison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Harrison County: Barbour, Doddridge, Lewis, Marion, Taylor, Upshur & Wetzel.

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:

Harrison     (The home county for Salem)
      O'Neill   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gore   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Despard   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belington   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Camden   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bane   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Barker   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Monroe (OH)
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clarington (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Plainview (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Washington (OH)
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 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 helpful 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 Harrison 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    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer 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    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston 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    
Monroe 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 Harrison County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Harrison 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 Salem ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Harrison County

About West Virginia

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 Harrison 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 that stretches from Salem. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Salem) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Salem. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Salem

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Salem. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2850, Longitude: -80.5640     [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:

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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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