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Our Genealogical Helper for Springfield ...

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 Springfield (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 Springfield. 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 Springfield ...

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 74 newspapers that have been published in the area around Springfield.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Springfield, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Springfield.

Cemeteries Near Springfield ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Springfield.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NW Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Reece Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Inkeep Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Van Meter Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Eusiva Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Hardy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Veterans of Foreign Wars Burial Park   [Map]     
  NNE Oldtown Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oldtown United Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mineral Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Greenwall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Indian Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wesleyan Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Headsville Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Abe Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Hartsock Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Ilechiter Monnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Culp Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dayton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mead Chapel Biser Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Springfield had a population of 168 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Grace   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Springfield
 - Grace had railroad service and no post office
 
Donaldson   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Springfield
 - Donaldson had railroad service and no post office
 
Wapocomo   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Springfield
 - Wapocomo had a post office and no railroad service
 
Three Churches   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Springfield
 - Three Churches had a post office and no railroad service
 
Higginsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Springfield
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Higginsville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Green Spring   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Springfield
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Green Spring had a post office and railroad service
 
Romney   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Springfield
 - 1895 population of 451 people (with 1,759 people in 2016)
 - Romney had a post office and railroad service
 
Barnes Mill   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Springfield
 - Barnes Mill had a post office and no railroad service
 
Levels   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Springfield
 - Levels had a post office and no railroad service
 
Oldtown (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Springfield
 - 1895 population of 112 people
 - Oldtown had a post office and no railroad service
 
Patterson Creek   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Springfield
 - Patterson Creek had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Springfield. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Springfield 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 and doctors 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.

Springfield is located in Hampshire County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hampshire County: Allegany (MD), Frederick (VA), Hardy, Mineral & Morgan.

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

  DirectionDistance
Hampshire     (The home county for Springfield)
      Ritters   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Romney   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Berkeley
      Arden   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bunker Hill   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Inwood   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hedgesville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Martinsburg   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Grant
      Arthur   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Hardy
      Wardensville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Baker   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lost City   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Mineral
      Fort Ashby   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Wiley Ford   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Carpendale   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ridgeley   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Morgan
      Paw Paw   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bath   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Allegany (MD)
      Oldtown (MD)   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Spring Gap (MD)   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pinto (MD)   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rawlings (MD)   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Keifers (MD)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cumberland (MD)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Shanty Town (MD) - Historic   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      La Vale (MD)   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Loarville (MD)   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Midland (MD)   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Corriganville (MD)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eckhart Mines (MD)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Garrett (MD)
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Grantsville (MD)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Washington (MD)
      Hancock (MD)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Big Pool (MD)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Bedford (PA)
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hyndman (PA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Purcell (PA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rainsburg (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Manns Choice (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bedford (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ott Town (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Everett (PA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Schellsburg (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Somerset (PA)
      Wellersburg (PA)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fairhope (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Callimont (PA)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Johnsburg (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Salisbury (PA)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glade City (PA)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Meyersdale (PA)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hays Mill (PA)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Garrett (PA)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Berlin (PA)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Baltimore (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Frederick (VA)
      Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      White Hall (VA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Welltown (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Echo Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stephens City (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Middletown (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Shenandoah (VA)
      Strasburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Toms Brook (VA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Columbia Furnace (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Woodstock (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Warren (VA)
      Reliance (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Winchester City (VA)
      Winchester (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites 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 Springfield:

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 Hampshire County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Berkeley County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allegany County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bedford County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Somerset County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Frederick County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shenandoah County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Warren County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Winchester City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Hampshire County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Hampshire 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 ...
      Maryland
      Pennsylvania
      Virginia

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Springfield ...

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

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 Springfield:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
 
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Springfield.
      See our Misc Page for Springfield for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...



Search for a West Virginia Community

About Hampshire County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Springfield. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Springfield) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Springfield. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4506, Longitude: -78.6936     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Springfield 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: findagrave.com.

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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 Springfield, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Springfield.