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Our Genealogical Helper for South Park ...

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 Park (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 Park. 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 Park ...

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 Park.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Park: S. Park

Newspapers Published in South Park ...

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 113 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Park.

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

Cemeteries Near South Park ...

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

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

Distance &

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

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

Kanawha City   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from South Park
 - Kanawha City had a post office and railroad service
South Ruffner   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from South Park
 - South Ruffner had railroad service and no post office
Malden   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from South Park
 - 1895 population of 355 people
 - Malden had a post office and railroad service
Charleston   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from South Park
 - 1895 population of 6,742 people (with 47,929 people in 2017)
 - Charleston had a post office and railroad service
Davis Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from South Park
 - Davis Creek had railroad service and no post office
Mound - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mound was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from South Park
 - Mound had a post office and railroad service
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from South Park
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Winifrede   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from South Park
 - Winifrede 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 Park. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Park 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 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.

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

Kanawha     (The home county for South Park)
      Kanawha City   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Malden   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dupont City   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Marmet   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Belle   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Winifrede   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eden   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Peytona   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Racine   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sharlow   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Johns   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orma   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pax   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Sod   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harts   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Banco   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 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   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Leon   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Baden   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Poca   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harper   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 Park:

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    
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (OH):       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
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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Park. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3137, Longitude: -81.6029     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Park 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 Park, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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