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Sterling, West Virginia
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Our Genealogical Helper for Sterling ...

So far, we have found very little information about Sterling. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Sterling to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Sterling, please Contact Us.

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 Sterling (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 Sterling. 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 Sterling ...

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 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sterling.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sterling, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sterling.

Cemeteries Near Sterling ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sterling.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Indian Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NNE Bloomingrose Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Mechanics & Miners Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Workman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Evans Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Foster Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Bias Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Burnside - Byrnside Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Bowen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Coon Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Meadows Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Wade Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Fauber Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Porter Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Barker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Javins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Drawdy Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Oxley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Adkins Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Harless Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Javins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Price Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Harless Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Lloyd Wesley Miller Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Barker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Price Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Perry Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Snodgrass Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Courtney Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Kirk Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Kinder Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW McDerment Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Pineview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Rumble Heights Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Snodgrass Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W G.W. Estep Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Dolin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Atkins - Javins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Dolin Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Williams Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Cooper's Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Miller Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Jarrells Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Williams Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Little White Oak Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Pettry Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wrightsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Frye Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Holstein Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Hoffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morris Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Beckett Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Perdue Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morris Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Dolan   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Ashby Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Ballard Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Halstead Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Dolin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Gomez Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Sawmill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hawks Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Echols Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Gunnoes - Miller Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Vandelinde Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mullins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Price Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW W.H. Turley Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Smoot   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Stollings Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Price Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Jarrell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Lawson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Van Buren Jarrell Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Slaughter Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Marmet Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hill - Lory Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Dolin   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Riley Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Hopkins Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Smoot Branch Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Poor Farm Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Allen Cemetery (Holly Hills)   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Boone Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Moore Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Griffith Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Breedlove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Ballard Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Price Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  


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.

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

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

Racine   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Sterling
 - 1895 population of 127 people
 - Racine had a post office and no railroad service
Comfort   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sterling
 - Comfort had a post office and no railroad service
Peytona   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sterling
 - 1895 population of 225 people
 - Peytona had a post office and no railroad service
Nelson   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sterling
 - Nelson had a post office and no railroad service
Foster   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Sterling
 - Foster had a post office and no railroad service
Winifrede   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sterling
 - Winifrede had a post office and railroad service
Danville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sterling
 - Danville had a post office and no railroad service
Madison   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sterling
 - Madison had a post office and no railroad service
Gordon   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sterling
 - Gordon had a post office and no railroad service
Winifrede Junction   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sterling
 - Winifrede Junction had railroad service and no post office
Van   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sterling
 - Van 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 Sterling. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sterling 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 doctors and 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Sterling is historic, it would have been located within present day Boone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Boone County: Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Raleigh & Wyoming.

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

Boone     (The home county for Sterling)
      Seth   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Racine   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Eden   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Sharlow   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Peytona   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Hopkins Fork   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Kirbyton   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Johns   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Fosterville   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Nelson   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Andrew   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Milton   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pax   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Winifrede   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Belle   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Marmet   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Dupont City   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Acme   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Malden   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sod   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Harts   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Banco   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Logan   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Man   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pie   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Musick   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Delbarton   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Poca   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harper   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Tolleys   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lester   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wilsondale   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Uno   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 it should be mentioned 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 Sterling:

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 Boone County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cabell 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    
Kanawha 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    
Mingo 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    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Of Special Interest ...

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<1>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 Sterling, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Sterling. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sterling) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sterling. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.1176, Longitude: -81.6571     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sterling have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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