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Our Genealogical Helper for Shirley ...

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 Shirley (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 Shirley. 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 Shirley ...

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 44 newspapers that have been published in the area around Shirley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Shirley, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Shirley.

Cemeteries Near Shirley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Shirley.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Wilbur Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Underwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WNW Beechwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Arnold Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Crystal Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tennant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pierpont Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Piggott Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Parks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lyons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Main Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Atwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ruley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Archbold Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Keys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Doak Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Big Battle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Booth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fluhartys Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Simpson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wolverton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sedalia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Piney Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Buck Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Duckworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Blandville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Victory Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Elk Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Middlebourne Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Olive 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 Shirley had a population of 60 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Wilbur   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Shirley
 - Wilbur had a post office and no railroad service
Meeker   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Shirley
 - Meeker had a post office and no railroad service
Deep Valley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Shirley
 - Deep Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Roberts   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Shirley
 - Roberts had a post office and no railroad service
Center Point   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Shirley
 - Center Point had a post office and no railroad service
Frew   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Shirley
 - Frew had a post office and no railroad service
Central Station   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Shirley
 - 1895 population of 275 people
 - Central Station had a post office and railroad service
West Union   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Shirley
 - 1895 population of 312 people (with 833 people in 2017)
 - West Union had a post office and no railroad service
Conaway   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Shirley
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Conaway had a post office and no railroad service
Flint   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Shirley
 - Flint had a post office and no railroad service
Dale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Shirley
 - Dale had a post office and no railroad service
Ross   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Shirley
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Ross had a post office and no railroad service
Bearsville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Shirley
 - 1895 population of 70 people
 - Bearsville had a post office and no railroad service
Morgansville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Shirley
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Morgansville 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 Shirley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Shirley 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 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.

Shirley is located in Tyler County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tyler County: Washington (OH), Doddridge, Monroe, Pleasants, Ritchie & Wetzel.

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

Tyler     (The home county for Shirley)
      Atwood   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      West Union   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Salem   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gore   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Despard   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Moundsville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glen Dale   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McMechen   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Barker   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Williamstown   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Slate   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Belmont (OH)
      Powhatan Point (OH)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vadis (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Shadyside (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Monroe (OH)
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clarington (OH)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Plainview (OH)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Graysville (OH)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Woodsfield (OH)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beallsville (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stafford (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jerusalem (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lewisville (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wilson (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Miltonsburg (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Noble (OH)
      Harriettsville (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Summerfield (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (OH)
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Marietta (OH)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Devola (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Macksburg (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lowell (OH)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Shirley:

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 Tyler 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    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall 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    
Ritchie 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    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Belmont County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noble County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in West Virginia

About Tyler County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Shirley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3981, Longitude: -80.7651     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Shirley 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 Shirley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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