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South Charleston, West Virginia

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The location of South Charleston

Our Genealogy Helper for South Charleston ...

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 South Charleston (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for South Charleston. 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.

Name Variations for South Charleston ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with South Charleston.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Charleston: S. Charleston

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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

South Charleston is located in Kanawha County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kanawha County: Boone, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Lincoln, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh & Roane.

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

Kanawha     (The home county for South Charleston)
  Rock Lake Village   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Dunbar   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Charleston   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Cross Lanes   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Saint Albans   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Airport Village   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Kanawha City   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Tornado   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Malden   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Nitro   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Dupont City   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Coal Fork   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Dartmont   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Emmons   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Grippe   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Ashford   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Rumble   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Brushton   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Easly   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Johns   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Nellis   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bloomingrose   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Peytona   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Racine   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Ridgeview   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Culloden   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Milton   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Barboursville   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pea Ridge   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Crown City   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Huntington   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mudfork   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Clay   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Valley Fork   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cannelton   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Smithers   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Powellton   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  McDunn   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gauley Bridge   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Beckwith   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ansted   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Pax   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kentuck   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ripley   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Odaville   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Alum Creek   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Sod   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Hamlin   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  West Hamlin   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Harts   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Wewanta   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Banco   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Big Creek   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Chapmanville   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mitchell Heights   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Peach Creek   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  West Logan   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Logan   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hedgeview   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Thompson Town   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Troy Town   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Holden   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Upland   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Arbuckle   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Leon   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Baden   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Poca   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Raymond City   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Scott Village   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bancroft   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Teays Valley   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Teays Village   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Liberty   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Eleanor   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hurricane   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Fraziers Bottom   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Packsville   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Flint Town   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Spencer   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Reedy   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Cove Gap   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Armilda   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wayne   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gallia (OH)
  Bladen (OH)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Crown City (OH)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lawrence (OH)
  Athalia (OH)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Proctorville (OH)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near South Charleston ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of South Charleston.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 South Charleston covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thurston Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE French Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Grandview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Martin / Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Matthews Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Swannor Watts Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Childress Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Casdorph Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Newhouse Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Bangor Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Forks of Coal Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNW Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  E Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hunt - Donnally Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Layne Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cunningham Memorial Park   [Map]     
  N Rocky Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Thaxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sam Derrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burdette Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Teays Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW College Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N McClanahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hanson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lacy Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Monk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shorts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Altz Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sutherland - White Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Pate Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Younger Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Prouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cavender Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Floral Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sinclair Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Hazlette Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Morris Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Morris Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Holstein Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Hawks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Marmet Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cline Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Burdette - Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hanes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of South Charleston ...

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 107 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Charleston.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of South Charleston. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of South Charleston and those printed in the larger area surrounding South Charleston.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 12 miles [19.3 km] of South Charleston.

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 South Charleston in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of South Charleston.

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

Mound - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mound was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from South Charleston
 - Mound had a post office and railroad service
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from South Charleston
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Charleston   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from South Charleston
 - 1895 population of 6,742 people (with 47,929 people in 2017)
 - Charleston had a post office and railroad service
South Ruffner   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from South Charleston
 - South Ruffner had railroad service and no post office
Sattes   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from South Charleston
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Sattes had a post office and railroad service
Saint Albans   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from South Charleston
 - 1895 population of 1,375 people (with 100 people in 2017)
 - Saint Albans had a post office and railroad service
Kanawha City   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from South Charleston
 - Kanawha City had a post office and railroad service
Rocky Fork   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from South Charleston
 - Rocky Fork had a post office and no railroad service
Tornado   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from South Charleston
 - Tornado had a post office and no railroad service
Malden   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from South Charleston
 - 1895 population of 355 people
 - Malden 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 South Charleston. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Charleston in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 South Charleston:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Kanawha County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:     Cyndi's



Cabell County:     Cyndi's



Calhoun County:     Cyndi's



Clay County:     Cyndi's



Fayette County:     Cyndi's



Jackson County:     Cyndi's



Lincoln County:     Cyndi's



Logan County:     Cyndi's



Mason County:     Cyndi's



Nicholas County:     Cyndi's



Putnam County:     Cyndi's



Raleigh County:     Cyndi's



Roane County:     Cyndi's



Wayne County:     Cyndi's



Gallia County (OH):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (OH):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for South Charleston. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Kanawha County:

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. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- South Charleston) 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 South Charleston. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from South Charleston

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Charleston. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3495, Longitude: -81.7094     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Charleston 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 South Charleston, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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