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Our Genealogical Helper for Skyles ...

So far, we have found very little information about Skyles. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Skyles to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Skyles, please Contact Us.

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 Skyles (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 Skyles. 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 Skyles ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Skyles.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Skyles, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Skyles.

Cemeteries Near Skyles ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Skyles.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Barnett Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Boggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Tinnel / Mollohan Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]     
  N Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Hoover Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Elizabeth Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E McElwain Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Canfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Hoover Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Baker Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Butcher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Spruce Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McCourt - Cogar Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Middle Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Mullens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Blacks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Blacks Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Handschumacher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Centralia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morton Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Walnut Grove 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.

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

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

Boggs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Skyles
 - Boggs had a post office and no railroad service
Birch River   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Skyles
 - 1895 population of 76 people
 - Birch River had a post office and no railroad service
Little Birch   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Skyles
 - 1895 population of 6 people
 - Little Birch had a post office and no railroad service
Canfield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Skyles
 - Canfield had a post office and no railroad service
Delphi   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Skyles
 - Delphi had a post office and no railroad service
Strouds   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Skyles
 - Strouds had a post office and no railroad service
Halo   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Skyles
 - Halo had a post office and no railroad service
Herold   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Skyles
 - Herold had a post office and no railroad service
Welch Glade   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Skyles
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Welch Glade 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 Skyles. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Skyles 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Skyles is historic, it would have been located within present day Webster County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Webster County: Braxton, Greenbrier, Lewis, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Randolph & Upshur.

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

Webster     (The home county for Skyles)
      Erbacon   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Addison   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clem   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Orma   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hines   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Falling Spring   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Unus   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camden   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Weston   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Edray   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Buckeye   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Marlinton   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thorny Creek   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mingo   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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 offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned 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 Skyles:

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 Webster County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun 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    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis 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    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Webster County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Skyles, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Skyles. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Skyles) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Skyles. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5045, Longitude: -80.6770     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Skyles have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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