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Our Genealogical Helper for South Malden ...

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 Malden (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 South Malden. 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 Malden ...

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 Malden.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Malden: S. Malden

Newspapers Published in South Malden ...

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 101 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Malden.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of South Malden, 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 South Malden.

Cemeteries Near South Malden ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Younger Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Hunt - Donnally Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Marmet Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Hawks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Cline Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hanson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Witcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hunter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Prouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lacy Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW St. Matthews Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Hoffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sawmill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Newhouse Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hunter Cemetery 2   [Map]     
  NNE Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Swannor Watts Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW French Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Snodgrass Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Frye Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wrightsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Slaughter Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE Lacie - Gray - Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Good Shepherd Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Perry Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Barker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Price Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Courtney Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Kirk Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Layne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dry Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hensley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Virginias Chapel Slave Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rummell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rock Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Morris Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Holstein Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Rumble Heights Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW McDerment Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Snodgrass Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Price Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Porter Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Fauber Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Vickers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Woody Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jarretts Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Burdette - Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Casdorph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Martin / Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bess Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Grandview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Thurston Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Childress 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 South Malden in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of South Malden.

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

Kanawha City   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from South Malden
 - Kanawha City had a post office and railroad service
South Ruffner   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from South Malden
 - South Ruffner had railroad service and no post office
Charleston   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from South Malden
 - 1895 population of 6,742 people (with 47,929 people in 2017)
 - Charleston had a post office and railroad service
Winifrede   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from South Malden
 - Winifrede had a post office and railroad service
Winifrede Junction   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from South Malden
 - Winifrede Junction had railroad service and no post office
Shrewsbury   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from South Malden
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Shrewsbury had a post office and no railroad service
Davis Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from South Malden
 - Davis Creek had railroad service and no post office
Coalburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from South Malden
 - 1895 population of 520 people
 - Coalburg 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 Malden. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Malden 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 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.

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

Kanawha     (The home county for South Malden)
      Malden   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Dupont City   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Kanawha City   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Marmet   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Belle   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Winifrede   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eden   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sharlow   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Racine   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Johns   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Peytona   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Orma   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pax   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sod   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harts   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Banco   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Logan   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Troy Town   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Leon   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baden   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Poca   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harper   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tolleys   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Malden:

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 Kanawha County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cabell 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    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for South Malden. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting in South Malden. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- South Malden) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Malden. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.2923, Longitude: -81.5679     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Malden 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 Malden, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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