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Our Genealogical Helper for Snow Hill ...

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 Snow Hill (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 Snow Hill. 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 Snow Hill ...

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 10 newspapers that have been published in the area around Snow Hill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Snow Hill, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Snow Hill.

Cemeteries Near Snow Hill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Snow Hill.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Buckhorn Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Spruce Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Sugar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dixon Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Penile Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Gilgal Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fowlers Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NE Fields Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Downtain Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Rider Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Amick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Catholic Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE New Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ward Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW White 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Snow Hill had a population of 37 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Nutterville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Snow Hill
 - Nutterville had a post office and no railroad service
Fowler Knob   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Snow Hill
 - 1895 population of 223 people
 - Fowler Knob had a post office and no railroad service
Hominy Falls   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Snow Hill
 - Hominy Falls had a post office and no railroad service
Pool   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Snow Hill
 - Pool had a post office and no railroad service
Leivasy   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Snow Hill
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Leivasy had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Nebo   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Snow Hill
 - Mount Nebo had a post office and no railroad service
Ophelia - Historic   [Map]
 - While Ophelia was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Snow Hill
 - Ophelia had a post office and no railroad service
Russellville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Snow Hill
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Russellville 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 Snow Hill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Snow Hill 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 doctors and 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.

Snow Hill is located in Nicholas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Nicholas County: Braxton, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha & Webster.

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

Nicholas     (The home county for Snow Hill)
      Odell Town   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clem   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Spring Dale   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Meadow Bridge   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hines   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Vale   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Unus   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Falling Spring   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clendenenville   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Handley   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Acme   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Buckeye   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Edray   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Marlinton   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Harper   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Shady Spring   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Addison   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 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 Snow Hill:

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 Nicholas 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    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Snow Hill ...

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

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 Snow Hill:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Snow Hill.
      See our Misc Page for Snow Hill for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Nicholas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Snow Hill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.1354, Longitude: -80.7815     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Snow Hill 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 Snow Hill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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