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Our Genealogical Helper for Sims ...

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 Sims (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 Sims. 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.

Cemeteries Near Sims ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sims.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>  
  S White Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S William Thomas Lowry Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WNW Shuck Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Patton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Wickline Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Amick Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Old Amwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rider Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smailes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Layland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Goddard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Sugar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hicks - Swell Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE At The End Of The Trail Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wallace Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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 Sims in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sims.

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

Maywood   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sims
 - Maywood had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Dale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Sims
 - Spring Dale had a post office and no railroad service
Dennis   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Sims
 - Dennis had a post office and no railroad service
Crickmer   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sims
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Crickmer had a post office and no railroad service
Rupert   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sims
 - Rupert had a post office and no railroad service
Ravenseye   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sims
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Ravenseye had a post office and no railroad service
Elton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Sims
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Elton had a post office and no railroad service
Lawn   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sims
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Lawn had a post office and no railroad service
Dawson   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sims
 - Dawson had a post office and no railroad service
Meadow Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sims
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Meadow Bluff 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 Sims. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sims 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.

Sims is located in Greenbrier County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Greenbrier County: Alleghany (VA), Bath (VA), Fayette, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Summers & Webster.

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

Greenbrier     (The home county for Sims)
      Rainelle   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Hines   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Vale   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Alderson   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Frazier   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Whitesville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elk Run Junction   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Janie   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Spring Dale   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Meadow Bridge   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Handley   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Acme   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Athens   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Peterstown   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Buckeye   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Shady Spring   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (VA)
      Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Sims:

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 Greenbrier County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pocahontas 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    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles 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 Greenbrier County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Greenbrier 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Greenbrier County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sims. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9434, Longitude: -80.8018     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sims 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 Sims, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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