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Sand Fork, West Virginia
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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 48 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  
  N Sand Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Conrad Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Conrad Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Snyder Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McHenry Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Otterbein Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Canfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Keith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Messenger Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Messenger Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Tumbling Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Boilon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Moss Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Burk Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Barrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stalnaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Whitting Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jack Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE K of P Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Old Field Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Alice Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Right Hand Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rock Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rock Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Farnsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Meadow Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Woodford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Barton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Troy - IOOF Cemetery<3>   [Map]     
  W Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Keyster Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Moyers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Woofter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Holbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Riddle Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Ratcliff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Riffle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Casto Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Bernard Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Carder Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mollahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Currycomb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Engel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bush 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.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Sand Fork had a post office and no railroad service. In 2017, Sand Fork had a population of 151 people.

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

Stouts Mills   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sand Fork
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Stouts Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Truebada   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Sand Fork
 - Truebada had a post office and no railroad service
Ellis   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sand Fork
 - Ellis had a post office and no railroad service
Hyers   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sand Fork
 - Hyers had a post office and no railroad service
Copen   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Sand Fork
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Copen had a post office and no railroad service
Glenville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sand Fork
 - 1895 population of 329 people (with 1,473 people in 2017)
 - Glenville had a post office and no railroad service
Cedarville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sand Fork
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Cedarville had a post office and no railroad service
Burnsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sand Fork
 - 1895 population of 120 people (with 490 people in 2017)
 - Burnsville had no post office or railroad service
Alice   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sand Fork
 - Alice had a post office and no railroad service
Aspinall   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Sand Fork
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Aspinall 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 and doctors 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 Gilmer County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Gilmer County: Braxton, Calhoun, Doddridge, Lewis & Ritchie.

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:

Gilmer     (The home county for Sand Fork)
      Truebada   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Glenville   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Audra   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Orma   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Union   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Salem   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Despard   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gore   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Weston   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Slate   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 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 - you should note 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 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 Gilmer 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    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge 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    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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    
Roane 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      
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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 Sand Fork ...

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

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 Sand Fork:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Sand Fork in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Sand Fork for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Sand Fork.
      See our Misc Page for Sand Fork for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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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 from Sand Fork. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sand Fork) 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 Sand Fork. 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 Sand Fork

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sand Fork. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9154, Longitude: -80.7477     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sand Fork 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>UMC is an abbreviation for the United Methodist Church

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<4>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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