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Our Genealogical Helper for Shafer ...

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 Shafer (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 Shafer. 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 Shafer ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shafer.

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

Cemeteries Near Shafer ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shafer.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Hile Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kight Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Knotts Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Accident Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Bonifield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gnegy Cemetery   [Map]   [MIHP<2>]  
  NNE Maple Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Limestone Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Beachy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Red House Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fike / Wolfe Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Deakins Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Belleview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nine Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Collett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McNeely Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fansler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Riverview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Watkins 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 Shafer in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Shafer.

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

Lead Mine   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Shafer
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Lead Mine had a post office and no railroad service
Sell   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shafer
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Sell had a post office and no railroad service
Horse Shoe Run   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Shafer
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Horse Shoe Run had a post office and no railroad service
William   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Shafer
 - William had railroad service and no post office
Coketon   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Shafer
 - Coketon had a post office and no railroad service
Thomas   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Shafer
 - 1895 population of 269 people (with 556 people in 2017)
 - Thomas had a post office and railroad service
Wilsonia   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Shafer
 - Wilsonia had a post office and railroad service
Eglon   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Shafer
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Eglon had a post office and no railroad service
Brookside   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Shafer
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Brookside 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 Shafer. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shafer 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 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 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.

Shafer is located in Tucker County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tucker County: Barbour, Grant, Preston & Randolph.

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

Tucker     (The home county for Shafer)
      Thomas   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Davis   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Belington   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Despard   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Onego   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brushy Run   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Circleville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Albright   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Harman   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Westernport (MD)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Barton (MD)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nikep (MD)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Somerset (PA)
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ursina (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 Shafer:

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 Tucker 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    
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    
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    
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 Tucker 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Tucker County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shafer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2193, Longitude: -79.5678     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shafer 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:

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

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