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Our Genealogical Helper for Schell ...

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 Schell (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 Schell. 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 Schell ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Schell.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Schell, 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 Schell.

Cemeteries Near Schell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Schell.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blackburn Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Harvey - Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Moon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Paughs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Upole Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  W White Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Chisholm - Nydegger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bray Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Schaeffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kalbough Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nethkin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kitzmiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mayle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lish Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Moreland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beckman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bayard Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kitzmiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Deer Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wonderly Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Boswell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tasker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Georges Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wesley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beckman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kitzmiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Manor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Swanton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ferndale Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gortner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Red House Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Doll Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cross Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N North Glade 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Schell had a post office and railroad service.

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

Harrison   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Schell
 - Harrison had a post office and no railroad service
Kearney (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Schell
 - Kearney had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Storm   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Schell
 - 1895 population of 15 people
 - Mount Storm had a post office and no railroad service
Gorman (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Schell
 - Gorman had railroad service and no post office
Gormania   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Schell
 - Gormania had a post office and no railroad service
Hartmansville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Schell
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Hartmansville had a post office and no railroad service
Blaine   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Schell
 - Blaine had a post office and railroad service
Altamont (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Schell
 - 1895 population of 56 people
 - Altamont had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Schell. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Schell 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 and hospitals 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.

Schell is located in Mineral County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mineral County: Allegany (MD), Garrett (MD), Grant, Hampshire & Hardy.

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

Mineral     (The home county for Schell)
      Hartmansville   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Fort Ashby   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Carpendale   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wiley Ford   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ridgeley   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Romney   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ritters   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Three Churches   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Baker   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lost City   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wardensville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Brushy Run   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Onego   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Albright   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harman   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Davis   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Westernport (MD)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Barton (MD)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Nikep (MD)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Midland (MD)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Rawlings (MD)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Klondike (MD)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Woodland (MD)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Midlothian (MD)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Frostburg (MD)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Loarville (MD)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pinto (MD)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Grantsville (MD)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
Bedford (PA)
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ohiopyle (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Somerset (PA)
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ursina (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Salisbury (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Confluence (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Meyersdale (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wellersburg (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glade City (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Callimont (PA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Casselman (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Garrett (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hays Mill (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rockwood (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 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 Schell:

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 Mineral County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hampshire County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pendleton 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    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tucker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allegany County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bedford County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Somerset County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

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 Schell:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Schell.
      See our Misc Page for Schell for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Mineral County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Schell. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Mineral County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Schell. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Schell) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Schell. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3420, Longitude: -79.2570     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Schell 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 Schell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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