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Our Genealogical Helper for Sandstone ...

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 Sandstone (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 Sandstone. 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 Sandstone ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sandstone.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sandstone, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sandstone.

Cemeteries Near Sandstone ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sandstone.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Richmond Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW St. Colmans Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bragg Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Meadows Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Goodson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Adkins Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Hicks - Swell Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Salem Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Restwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Goddard Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Upland Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Wickline Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Patton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Beechnut Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Greenbrier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE William Thomas Lowry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W William Kidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Plumley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNE White Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lilly - Crews Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Layland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pence Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Royal 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 in 1895, Sandstone had railroad service and no post office.

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

Brooks   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Sandstone
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Brooks had a post office and railroad service
Green Sulphur Springs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sandstone
 - 1895 population of 123 people
 - Green Sulphur Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Hinton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Sandstone
 - 1895 population of 2,570 people (with 2,448 people in 2017)
 - Hinton had a post office and railroad service
Elton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sandstone
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Elton had a post office and no railroad service
Glade   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sandstone
 - Glade had railroad service and no post office
Wiggins   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sandstone
 - Wiggins had a post office and no railroad service
Lawn   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sandstone
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Lawn had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Dale   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sandstone
 - Spring Dale had a post office and no railroad service
Crickmer   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Sandstone
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Crickmer had a post office and no railroad service
Jumping Branch   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sandstone
 - 1895 population of 95 people
 - Jumping Branch 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 Sandstone. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sandstone 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 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.

Sandstone is located in Summers County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Summers County: Giles (VA), Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe & Raleigh.

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

Summers     (The home county for Sandstone)
      Hinton   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Whitesville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elk Run Junction   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Janie   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sylvester   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lindytown - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rocklick   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Meadow Bridge   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Spring Dale   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pax   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vale   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alderson   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Frazier   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hines   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Fort Spring   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fairlea   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Acme   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Handley   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elkhorn   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Northfork   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Athens   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oakvale   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Johnston Town   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Montcalm   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Edison   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bramwell   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bluefield   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Coopers   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Peterstown   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Shady Spring   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tilden   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bud   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (VA)
      Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bluff City (VA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Narrows (VA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pembroke (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Tazewell (VA)
      Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 it should be mentioned 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 Sandstone:

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 Summers County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette 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    
McDowell 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    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Summers 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 Sandstone ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Summers County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sandstone. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7710, Longitude: -80.8915     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sandstone 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 Sandstone, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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