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Our Genealogical Helper for Sistersville ...

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 Sistersville (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 Sistersville. 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 the area of Sistersville ...

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 60 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sistersville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Sistersville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Sistersville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Sistersville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> of Sistersville.

Cemeteries Near Sistersville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sistersville.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mehrley Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Carson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Witten Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW New Matamoras Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Locust Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Friendly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Pauls Evangelical Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brownsville Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Grandview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Haythorn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Archer's Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Van Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stender Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW German Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hensel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brownsville United Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Salem Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Springer Grave   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Lentz Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Middlebourne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Unity Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Van Camp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jericho Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  N West Union Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW German Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bibbys Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Elk Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rings Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Fairview Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Beavertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Beech Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shriver Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Johns Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greenbrier Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rinard Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Beech Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Simpson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Yoho Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Plainview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Low Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Ludlow Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Otts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Holdren Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fletcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fluharty Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wells Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Craigs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Northview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greenlawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NE Emma Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New Hannibal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fuchs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Laings Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beardmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mann Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Merrell Ridge 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 Sistersville had a population of 469 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Sistersville had a population of 1,288 people.

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

Centerview (OH) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Centerview was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sistersville
 - 1895 population of 260 people
 - Centerview had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pursley   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sistersville
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Pursley had a post office and no railroad service
 
Wittens (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sistersville
 - Wittens had a post office and no railroad service
 
Adonis   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Sistersville
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Adonis had a post office and no railroad service
 
New Matamoras (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sistersville
 - 1895 population of 590 people
 - New Matamoras had a post office and no railroad service
 
Friendly   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sistersville
 - 1895 population of 225 people (with 124 people in 2017)
 - Friendly had a post office and railroad service
 
Trail Run (OH) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Trail Run was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sistersville
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Trail Run had a post office and no railroad service
 
Alexis (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sistersville
 - Alexis 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 Sistersville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sistersville 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.

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

  DirectionDistance
Tyler     (The home county for Sistersville)
      Paden City   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
 
Doddridge
      West Union   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
 
Harrison
      Salem   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gore   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Marion
      Mannington   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Marshall
      Kent   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Moundsville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glen Dale   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McMechen   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Benwood   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Ohio
      Bethlehem   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Triadelphia   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wheeling   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Pleasants
      Hebron   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
 
Ritchie
      Pennsboro   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Wetzel
      New Martinsville   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Barker   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Bane   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Wirt
      Freeport   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wood
      Williamstown   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slate   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Belmont (OH)
      Powhatan Point (OH)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Vadis (OH)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Barnesville (OH)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bethesda (OH)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Shadyside (OH)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Belmont (OH)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Neffs (OH)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bellaire (OH)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Morristown (OH)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Blaine (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Saint Clairsville (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bridgeport (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brookside (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Guernsey (OH)
      Quaker City (OH)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Salesville (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Senecaville (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fairview (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pleasant City (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lore City (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Middlebourne (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bluebell (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elizabethtown (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Byesville (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cumberland (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Easton (OH) - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Old Washington (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Monroe (OH)
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Plainview (OH)   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Graysville (OH)   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Woodsfield (OH)   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clarington (OH)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lewisville (OH)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Stafford (OH)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Beallsville (OH)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jerusalem (OH)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Miltonsburg (OH)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wilson (OH)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Noble (OH)
      Summerfield (OH)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dexter City (OH)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Batesville (OH)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Caldwell (OH)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sarahsville (OH)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belle Valley (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Olive Green (OH)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Washington (OH)
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Macksburg (OH)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Devola (OH)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Marietta (OH)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lowell (OH)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beverly (OH)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

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 either 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 Sistersville:

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:

Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison 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    
Ohio 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    
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    
Guernsey 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
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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 ...
      Ohio
      Pennsylvania

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sistersville ...

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

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 Sistersville:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
 
We have found Sistersville in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Sistersville for more information.
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Sistersville.
      See our Misc Page for Sistersville for more information.

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Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Sistersville. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sistersville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sistersville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5598, Longitude: -80.9987     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sistersville 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Sistersville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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