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Short Gap, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Short Gap ...

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 Short Gap (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Short Gap. 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.

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 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.

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

Mineral     (The home county for Short Gap)
  Fort Ashby   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Wiley Ford   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Carpendale   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Ridgeley   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Keyser   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Piedmont   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  New Creek   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Elk Garden   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Sulphur City   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hartmansville   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Bayard   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Arthur   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ritters   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Three Churches   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Romney   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Augusta   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Slanesville   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Capon Bridge   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Moorefield   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Baker   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wardensville   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Paw Paw   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bath   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Berryville   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Terra Alta   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Allegany (MD)
  Pinto (MD)   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Rawlings (MD)   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Spring Gap (MD)   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Loarville (MD)   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Cumberland (MD)   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  La Vale (MD)   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Shanty Town (MD) - Historic   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Midland (MD)   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Eckhart Mines (MD)   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Woodland (MD)   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Frostburg (MD)   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Klondike (MD)   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
Garrett (MD)
  Bloomington (MD)   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Grantsville (MD)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bittinger (MD)   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Swanton (MD)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Accident (MD)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Deer Park (MD)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  McHenry (MD)   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Friendsville (MD)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Oakland (MD)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Washington (MD)
  Hancock (MD)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Bedford (PA)
  Stringtown (PA)   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Hyndman (PA)   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rainsburg (PA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Purcell (PA)   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Manns Choice (PA)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Schellsburg (PA)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bedford (PA)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ott Town (PA)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Everett (PA)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wolfsburg (PA)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  New Paris (PA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mount Dallas (PA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Fayette (PA)
  Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Somerset (PA)
  Wellersburg (PA)   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Callimont (PA)   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Fairhope (PA)   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Salisbury (PA)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Glade City (PA)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Meyersdale (PA)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Johnsburg (PA)   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hays Mill (PA)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Garrett (PA)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Berlin (PA)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  New Baltimore (PA)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Addison (PA)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Frederick (VA)
  Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  White Hall (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Short Gap ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Short Gap.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Short Gap covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ilechiter Monnett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Inkeep Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Abe Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Dayton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Culp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cecil Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lease Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Van Meter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hardy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hutson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Reece Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Neff Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Waxler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mead Chapel Biser Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Eusiva Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wesleyan Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Loar Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Warner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Poor Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Gerstell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mineral Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St.s Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Dawson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Umstot Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Headsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Patricks Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Coney Cemetery   [Map]   [MIHP<3>]  
  WNW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Beeman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Greenwall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rose Meadow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Allegany Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Dayton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Sulter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Urice & Kerns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cabin Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Veterans of Foreign Wars Burial Park   [Map]     
  E Oldtown Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oldtown United Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hartsock Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Hillcrest Memorial Park   [Map]   [MIHP]  
  NW Percy Cemetery   [Map]   [MIHP]  
  W Barlett Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moscow Mills Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Short Gap ...

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 38 newspapers that have been published in the area around Short Gap.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Short Gap, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Short Gap.

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.<4>

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

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

Pinto (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Short Gap
 - Pinto had a post office and no railroad service
Cresaptown (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Short Gap
 - Cresaptown had a post office and no railroad service
Seymour   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Short Gap
 - Seymour had railroad service and no post office
Bier (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Short Gap
 - Bier had a post office and no railroad service
Rawlings (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Short Gap
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Rawlings had a post office and railroad service
Brady (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Short Gap
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Brady had railroad service and no post office
Patterson Creek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Short Gap
 - Patterson Creek had railroad service and no post office
Black Oak (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Short Gap
 - Black Oak 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 Short Gap. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Short Gap in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Short Gap:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Grant County:     Cyndi's



Hampshire County:     Cyndi's



Hardy County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Preston County:     Cyndi's



Allegany County (MD):     Cyndi's



Garrett County (MD):     Cyndi's



Washington County (MD):     Cyndi's



Bedford County (PA):     Cyndi's



Fayette County (PA):     Cyndi's



Somerset County (PA):     Cyndi's



Frederick County (VA):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in West Virginia

About Mineral County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Short Gap. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5437, Longitude: -78.8111     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Short Gap 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>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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<4>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 Short Gap, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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