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Our Genealogical Helper for Shady Brook ...

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 Shady Brook (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 Shady Brook. 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 Shady Brook ...

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 Shady Brook.

  • Typical abbreviation for Shady Brook: Shady Brk.

Newspapers Published in Shady Brook ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shady Brook.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shady Brook, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shady Brook.

Cemeteries Near Shady Brook ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shady Brook.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Machperlah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gee Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Butcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bailey Ave. Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Brownsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Waldeck Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Middle Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jackson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Peterson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Weston Masonic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Life Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Rockford - Pletcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Glady Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCann Run Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Harrison Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Horner Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Laurel Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jesse Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Straley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Broad Run Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW St. Bernard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Post Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Duck Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Woofter Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rockford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ESE Reger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brick Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sheets Mill 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>

While we didn't find Shady Brook in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Shady Brook.

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

Freemansburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Shady Brook
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Freemansburg had a post office and no railroad service
 
Alkires Mills   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Shady Brook
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Alkires Mills had a post office and no railroad service
 
Horner   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Shady Brook
 - Horner had a post office and no railroad service
 
Jane Lew   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Shady Brook
 - 1895 population of 228 people (with 392 people in 2017)
 - Jane Lew had a post office and railroad service
 
Lightburn   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Shady Brook
 - Lightburn had a post office and no railroad service
 
Camden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Shady Brook
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Camden had a post office and no railroad service
 
Berlin   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Shady Brook
 - Berlin had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kincheloe   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shady Brook
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Kincheloe 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 Shady Brook. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shady Brook 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.

Shady Brook is located in Lewis County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lewis County: Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Upshur & Webster.

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

  DirectionDistance
Lewis     (The home county for Shady Brook)
      Smith Village   [Map]   NW   Less than 2 miles
      Weston   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Cox Town   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
 
Barbour
      Elk City   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Audra   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Union   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belington   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Junior   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Braxton
      Burnsville   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Calhoun
      Grantsville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Orma   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Doddridge
      Smithburg   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      West Union   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
 
Gilmer
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Harrison
      Lost Creek   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Despard   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Gore   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Marion
      Whitehall   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Monongalia
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pleasants
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Preston
      Newburg   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Randolph
      Helvetia   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Ritchie
      Auburn   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Taylor
      Flemington   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Tyler
      Atwood   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Upshur
      Buckhannon   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Webster
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Addison   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Wetzel
      Bane   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Barker   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 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 Shady Brook:

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 Lewis 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    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer 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    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants 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    
Ritchie 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      
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Lewis 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 Lewis 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 ...
      Ohio

Other Roadside Stops ...



Find a Community in West Virginia

About Lewis County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shady Brook. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0506, Longitude: -80.4690     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shady Brook 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: findagrave.com.

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

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