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Our Genealogical Helper for Sand Fork ...

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 Sand Fork (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 Sand Fork. 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 Sand Fork ...

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 Sand Fork.

  • Typical abbreviation for Sand Fork: Sand Frk.

Newspapers Published in Sand Fork ...

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 10 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sand Fork.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sand Fork, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sand Fork.

Cemeteries Near Sand Fork ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sand Fork.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Triplett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bogg Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Reed - Stephenson - Pierson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Kyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W King Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Acree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cherrytree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Little Laurel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blue Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCracken Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Grose Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pierson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Boggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Goad Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Strange Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lyons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Duffield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Eagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Holcomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Butcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE McCutchin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pt. Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hallburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dulls Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Samples 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>

While we didn't find Sand Fork in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sand Fork.

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

Gould   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sand Fork
 - Gould had a post office and no railroad service
Harrison   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sand Fork
 - Harrison had a post office and no railroad service
Ira   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sand Fork
 - Ira had a post office and no railroad service
Valley Fork   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sand Fork
 - Valley Fork had a post office and no railroad service
Wattsville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sand Fork
 - Wattsville had a post office and no railroad service
Strange Creek   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sand Fork
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Strange Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Gilboa   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sand Fork
 - Gilboa had a post office and no railroad service
Pigeon   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sand Fork
 - Pigeon had a post office and no railroad service
Procious   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Sand Fork
 - Procious had a post office and no railroad service
Lizemores   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sand Fork
 - Lizemores 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 Sand Fork. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sand Fork 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Sand Fork is located in Clay County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clay County: Braxton, Calhoun, Kanawha, Nicholas & Roane.

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

Clay     (The home county for Sand Fork)
      Harrison   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Joes Creek   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clem   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Orma   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hines   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Handley   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Addison   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Sand Fork:

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 Clay 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    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha 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    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in West Virginia

About Clay County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sand Fork. 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 'point-to-point' distance that starts in Sand Fork. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sand Fork) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sand Fork. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4673, Longitude: -81.0059     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sand Fork 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 Sand Fork, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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