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Our Genealogical Helper for Sanger ...

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 Sanger (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 Sanger. 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 Sanger ...

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 Sanger.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sanger, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sanger.

Cemeteries Near Sanger ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sanger.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW High Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Huse Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW John Nugen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Royal Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wriston Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Holly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lively Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Cottle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WSW Lively Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pax Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Abbot Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Meadow Haven Memorial Park   [Map]     
  W Powers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sutphin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW William Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Layland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rinehart 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 Lafferty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Shepard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Maynor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Maynor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Biggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW W.T. Warden Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smailes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jennette Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Page Tabernackle Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Johnson 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 Sanger in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sanger.

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

Thurmond   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Sanger
 - Thurmond had a post office and railroad service
Rush Run - Historic   [Map]
 - While Rush Run was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sanger
 - Rush Run had a post office and no railroad service
Dimmock   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sanger
 - Dimmock had railroad service and no post office
Oak Hill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sanger
 - 1895 population of 98 people (with 8,338 people in 2017)
 - Oak Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Beury   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Sanger
 - Beury had a post office and no railroad service
Claremont   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sanger
 - Claremont had a post office and railroad service
Alaska - Historic   [Map]
 - While Alaska was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sanger
 - Alaska had railroad service and no post office
Fire Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Fire Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Sanger
 - 1895 population of 250 people
 - Fire Creek had a post office and railroad service
Gatewood   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sanger
 - Gatewood had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Hope   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sanger
 - Mount Hope 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 Sanger. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sanger 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Sanger 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 Sanger. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Sanger:

Fayette     (The home county for Sanger)
      Thurmond   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pax   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Whitesville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elk Run Junction   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Janie   [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]
      Lindytown - Historic   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cabot   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coopertown   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Twilight   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bandytown   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      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]
      Vale   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alderson   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Frazier   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Spring   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Acme   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Handley   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Winifrede   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Northfork   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Athens   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Harper   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bud   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Uno   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Sanger:

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    
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    
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     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Fayette County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sanger. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9565, Longitude: -81.1129     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sanger 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 Sanger, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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