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Our Genealogical Helper for Shinbrier ...

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 Shinbrier (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 Shinbrier. 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 Shinbrier ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shinbrier.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shinbrier, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shinbrier.

Cemeteries Near Shinbrier ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shinbrier.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Bryant Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Coopers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Isaac Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pocahontas Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rye Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Witten Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Delp Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Miles Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hollinsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Music Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Page Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Swim Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Poe Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Bowman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Perdus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dudley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mullin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Perdue Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Herndon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harless Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Lukes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Maple Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McQuire Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Doyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sandlick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Billips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Epperson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Grandview Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Hutchinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thomason Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Restlawn Memorial Estate   [Map]     
  E Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Dickenson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW French Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wilburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Billips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Valley Vista Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Maple Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Nunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hager Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Calfee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Robinett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Matoaka Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mathena Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McDowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wallace Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McMullen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stowers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Calfee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Monte Vista Park   [Map]     
  E Lincoln Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Frye Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Algoma Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Billips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sluss Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sinkford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harmon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ireson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hartwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Atkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Roselawn Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  ENE Hall - Gott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mitchem 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>

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

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

Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Shinbrier
 - 1895 population of 2,953 people (with 362 people in 2017)
 - Pocahontas had a post office and railroad service
Abbs Valley - Historic   [Map]
 - While Abbs Valley was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from Shinbrier
 - Abbs Valley had a post office and railroad service
Coaldale   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shinbrier
 - Coaldale had a post office and railroad service
Falls Mills (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Shinbrier
 - 1895 population of 228 people
 - Falls Mills had a post office and railroad service
Flipping   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Shinbrier
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Flipping had railroad service and no post office
Duhring   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Shinbrier
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Duhring had a post office and railroad service
Maybeury   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Shinbrier
 - 1895 population of 875 people
 - Maybeury had railroad service and no post office
Switchback   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Shinbrier
 - Switchback had railroad service and no post office
Saint Clair (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Shinbrier
 - Saint Clair 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 Shinbrier. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shinbrier 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Shinbrier is located in Mercer County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mercer County: Bland (VA), Giles (VA), Tazewell (VA), McDowell, Raleigh, Summers & Wyoming.

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

Mercer     (The home county for Shinbrier)
      Bramwell   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Coopers   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Montcalm   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bluefield   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Edison   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Johnston Town   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Athens   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Oakvale   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Rocklick   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pax   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elkhorn   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Anawalt   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Northfork   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Thorpe   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gary   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Welch   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      War   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Davy   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bradshaw   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wharncliffe   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Peterstown   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rhodell   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Eastgulf   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Helen   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sophia   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lester   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tilden   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tolleys   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Shady Spring   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bud   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Uno   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Buchanan (VA)
      Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Janey (VA)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (VA)
      Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Narrows (VA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bluff City (VA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pembroke (VA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Pulaski (VA)
      Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pulaski (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dublin (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Russell (VA)
      Dye (VA)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Russell (VA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Smyth (VA)
      Atkins (VA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marion (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sugar Grove (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Allison Gap (VA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cardwell Town (VA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Saltville (VA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Adwolf (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tazewell (VA)
      Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Boissevain (VA)   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bluefield (VA)   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Little Town (VA)   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tazewell (VA)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Richlands (VA)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Raven (VA)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Wythe (VA)
      Wytheville (VA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Max Meadows (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Chiswell (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Locust Hill (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ivanhoe (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Austinville (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 - 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 Shinbrier:

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 Mercer County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
McDowell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Buchanan County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pulaski County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Smyth County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wythe County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shinbrier. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3229, Longitude: -81.3211     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shinbrier 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 Shinbrier, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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