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Our Genealogical Helper for Snowflake ...

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 Snowflake (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 Snowflake. 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 Snowflake ...

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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Snowflake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Snowflake, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Snowflake.

Cemeteries Near Snowflake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Snowflake.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Hanger Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Coffman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Harrah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Alderson Fletcher Addition Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Adwell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Old Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Greenbrier Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ENE Rosewood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pence Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW At The End Of The Trail 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>

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

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

Rockland   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Snowflake
 - Rockland had railroad service and no post office
Blaker Mills   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Snowflake
 - Blaker Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Nickells Mill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Snowflake
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Nickells Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Ronceverte   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Snowflake
 - 1895 population of 481 people (with 1,717 people in 2017)
 - Ronceverte had a post office and railroad service
Alderson   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Snowflake
 - 1895 population of 663 people (with 1,155 people in 2017)
 - Alderson had a post office and railroad service
Sinks Grove   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Snowflake
 - 1895 population of 124 people
 - Sinks Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Patton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Snowflake
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Patton had a post office and no railroad service
Asbury   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Snowflake
 - 1895 population of 124 people
 - Asbury had a post office and no railroad service
Wolfcreek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Snowflake
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Wolfcreek 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 Snowflake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Snowflake 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 hospitals 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.

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

Greenbrier     (The home county for Snowflake)
      Fort Spring   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Frazier   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Ronceverte   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fairlea   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Alderson   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Lewisburg   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clendenenville   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Vale   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      White Sulphur Springs   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Unus   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Anthony   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Frankford   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Spring Dale   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Meadow Bridge   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Athens   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oakvale   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Peterstown   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Buckeye   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shady Spring   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tilden   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
Alleghany (VA)
      Low Moor (VA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Selma (VA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clifton Forge (VA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bath (VA)
      Carloover (VA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Botetourt (VA)
      Fincastle (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Covington City (VA)
      Covington (VA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
Craig (VA)
      New Castle (VA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abbott (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Giles (VA)
      Pembroke (VA)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bluff City (VA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Narrows (VA)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Montgomery (VA)
      Mount Tabor Village (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McBryde Village (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sundance Village (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Blacksburg (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Merrimac (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Snowflake:

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:

Fayette 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    
Alleghany County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bath County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Botetourt County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Covington City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Craig County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery 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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Snowflake. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.7468, Longitude: -80.5545     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Snowflake 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 Snowflake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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