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Our Genealogical Helper for Sell ...

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 Sell (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 Sell. 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 Sell ...

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 34 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sell.

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

Cemeteries Near Sell ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sell.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Accident Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hile Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kight Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Maple Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beachy Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Limestone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Belleview Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gnegy Cemetery   [Map]   [MIHP<2>]  
  NW Deakins Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Knotts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fike / Wolfe Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Riverview Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Bonifield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Red House Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nine Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Watkins Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Knotts Family Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ashby Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Red Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bolyard Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Beckman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gortner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nazareth 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 Sell had a population of 21 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Horse Shoe Run   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Sell
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Horse Shoe Run had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lead Mine   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Sell
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Lead Mine had a post office and no railroad service
 
Eglon   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sell
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Eglon had a post office and no railroad service
 
Aurora   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sell
 - 1895 population of 248 people
 - Aurora had a post office and no railroad service
 
Carmel   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sell
 - 1895 population of 102 people
 - Carmel had a post office and no railroad service
 
Brookside   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sell
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Brookside had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hannahsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sell
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Hannahsville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Macomber   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sell
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Macomber had a post office and no railroad service
 
Rowlesburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sell
 - 1895 population of 560 people (with 579 people in 2016)
 - Rowlesburg 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 Sell. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sell 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.

Sell is located in Preston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Preston County: Garrett (MD), Fayette (PA), Barbour, Grant, Monongalia, Taylor & Tucker.

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

  DirectionDistance
Preston     (The home county for Sell)
      Aurora   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Albright   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Barbour
      Belington   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Grant
      Bayard   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Hardy
      Moorefield   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Harrison
      Bridgeport   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Despard   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Marion
      Hebron   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Mineral
      Hartmansville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Monongalia
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Pendleton
      Brushy Run   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Randolph
      Montrose   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Harman   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Taylor
      Knottsville   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Tucker
      Thomas   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Davis   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Upshur
      Gormley   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Allegany (MD)
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Westernport (MD)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Barton (MD)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Midland (MD)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Fayette (PA)
      Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Somerset (PA)
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ursina (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Confluence (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Sell:

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 Preston County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mineral 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    
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    
Upshur 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    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene 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 Preston County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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 ...
      Maryland
      Pennsylvania

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sell ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...



Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Preston County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sell. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2651, Longitude: -79.5867     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sell have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) has created and maintains a database of historic properties that is called MIHP (for the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties). More information about the MHT and MIHP can be found on their website: mht.maryland.gov.

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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 Sell, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sell.