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Our Genealogical Helper for Smokeless ...

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 Smokeless (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 Smokeless. 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 Smokeless ...

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 23 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smokeless.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smokeless, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smokeless.

Cemeteries Near Smokeless ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smokeless.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Matoaka Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harless Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Coffee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Owens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S King Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Herndon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Robinett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Barnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wall Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sandlick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Donley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pisgah Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Little Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Miles Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Terry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Restlawn Memorial Estate   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Frye Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Hollinsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Coopers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Isaac Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Butt Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hale Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Poe Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Doyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Thomason Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hager Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Roselawn Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  SE Hall - Gott Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Algoma Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Rutherford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Swim Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Music Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mohawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pocahontas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bryant Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rye Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Witten Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Delp Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Davidson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hutchinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Roselawn Memorial Garden   [Map]     
  SE Hypes Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bud Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mitchem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Page Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Perdue Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McQuire Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shrader Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Calfee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Calfee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Monte Vista Park   [Map]     
  SE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lincoln Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Winfrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Honaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Winfrey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bratton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Belcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hickory 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.<2>

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

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

Lashmeet   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smokeless
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Lashmeet had a post office and no railroad service
Pinoak   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Smokeless
 - Pinoak had a post office and no railroad service
Duhring   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Smokeless
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Duhring had a post office and railroad service
Coaldale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Smokeless
 - Coaldale had a post office and railroad service
Flipping   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Smokeless
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Flipping had railroad service and no post office
Maybeury   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smokeless
 - 1895 population of 875 people
 - Maybeury had railroad service and no post office
Freeman   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Smokeless
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Freeman had a post office and no railroad service
New Hope   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smokeless
 - 1895 population of 10 people
 - New Hope had a post office and no railroad service
Spanishburg   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Smokeless
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Spanishburg had a post office and no railroad service
Egeria   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Smokeless
 - 1895 population of 9 people
 - Egeria had a post office and no railroad service
Ennis   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Smokeless
 - Ennis had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Smokeless. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smokeless 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 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.

Smokeless is located in Mercer County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mercer County: Bland (VA), Giles (VA), Tazewell (VA), McDowell, Raleigh, Summers & Wyoming.

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

Mercer     (The home county for Smokeless)
      Matoaka   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Weyanoke   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Montcalm   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Johnston Town   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bramwell   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Coopers   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Edison   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bluefield   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oakvale   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rocklick   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bald Knob   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Barrett   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lindytown - Historic   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pondco   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Twilight   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Whitesville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bandytown   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pax   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Meadow Bridge   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Spring Dale   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alderson   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Man   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elkhorn   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Northfork   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Anawalt   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Thorpe   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gary   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Welch   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Davy   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      War   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Union City   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wharncliffe   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Peterstown   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rhodell   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eastgulf   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Helen   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sophia   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Shady Spring   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lester   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bud   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Uno   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Buchanan (VA)
      Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
Giles (VA)
      Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Narrows (VA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bluff City (VA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pembroke (VA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Pulaski (VA)
      Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pulaski (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Dublin (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Smyth (VA)
      Atkins (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tazewell (VA)
      Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Boissevain (VA)   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bluefield (VA)   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Little Town (VA)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Tazewell (VA)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Richlands (VA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Raven (VA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wythe (VA)
      Wytheville (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Max Meadows (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fort Chiswell (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Locust Hill (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 Smokeless:

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 Mercer County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
McDowell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe 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    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Buchanan County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pulaski County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Smyth County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wythe 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 Mercer County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Mercer 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smokeless. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4326, Longitude: -81.2512     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smokeless have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Smokeless, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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