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Our Genealogical Helper for Shaw ...

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 Shaw (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 Shaw. 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 Shaw ...

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 16 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shaw.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shaw, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shaw.

Cemeteries Near Shaw ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shaw.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Kitzmiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Manor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Dixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Thomas Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cross Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sinkler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Bray Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Kitzmiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Nethkin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kalbough Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tasker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Warnick Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tichnell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Kitzmiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barnard Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Dixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bloomington Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Boswell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Duling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Peters Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Old St. Peter's Catholic   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Walden Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Swanton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Georges Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Paughs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Blackburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Thrush Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Thrush Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE John Liller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rawlings Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Meadow View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Miller Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Duckworth Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW North Glade Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beckman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Upole Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Doll Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cundiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stone Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Potomac Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E Queens Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sulter Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dayton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE St. Gabriels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pritts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Ferrbee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Delawder Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Thrush Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Urice & Kerns Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Dawson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Barlett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Deer Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mayle 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 Shaw had a population of 60 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Chaffee   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Shaw
 - Chaffee had railroad service and no post office
Barnum   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Shaw
 - Barnum had a post office and railroad service
Elk Garden   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Shaw
 - 1895 population of 723 people (with 220 people in 2017)
 - Elk Garden had a post office and railroad service
Blaine   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Shaw
 - Blaine had a post office and railroad service
Windom - Historic   [Map]
 - While Windom was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Shaw
 - Windom had a post office and railroad service
Warnocks   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Shaw
 - Warnocks had railroad service and no post office
Harrison   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Shaw
 - Harrison had a post office and no railroad service
West Virginia Central Junction   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Shaw
 - West Virginia Central Junction had railroad service and no post office

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

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

Mineral     (The home county for Shaw)
      Elk Garden   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fort Ashby   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Carpendale   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Wiley Ford   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Ridgeley   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Romney   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Ritters   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Three Churches   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Baker   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lost City   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wardensville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Paw Paw   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brushy Run   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Albright   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harman   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Davis   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Westernport (MD)   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Barton (MD)   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Nikep (MD)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Midland (MD)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rawlings (MD)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Klondike (MD)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Woodland (MD)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Midlothian (MD)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Loarville (MD)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Pinto (MD)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Frostburg (MD)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Grantsville (MD)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
Bedford (PA)
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hyndman (PA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ohiopyle (PA)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Somerset (PA)
      Salisbury (PA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ursina (PA)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wellersburg (PA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Callimont (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glade City (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Meyersdale (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Confluence (PA)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Garrett (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hays Mill (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Casselman (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fairhope (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Johnsburg (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Shaw:

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    
Morgan 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    
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 Shaw ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Mineral County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shaw. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4162, Longitude: -79.1306     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shaw 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 Shaw, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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