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Our Genealogical Helper for Strange Creek ...

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 Strange Creek (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 Strange Creek. 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 Strange Creek ...

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 Strange Creek.

  • Typical abbreviation for Strange Creek: Strange Crk. (or less commonly used: Strange Ck. or Strange Cr.)

Newspapers Published in Strange Creek ...

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 18 newspapers that have been published in the area around Strange Creek.

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

Cemeteries Near Strange Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Strange Creek.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Goad Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Strange Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lyons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Duffield Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Eagle Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pt. Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McCracken Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Butcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Middle Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Keener Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Stumble Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE James Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mollohan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hallburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bogg Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Dickey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Elmira Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tinnel / Mollohan Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Canfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Houston - Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sears Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Boggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cherrytree Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Triplett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bealls Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boone Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mollohan / Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Kyle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Starkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Moss Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Matheny Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Coen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Little Laurel 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Strange Creek had a population of 76 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Ira   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Strange Creek
 - Ira had a post office and no railroad service
Harrison   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Strange Creek
 - Harrison had a post office and no railroad service
Herold   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Strange Creek
 - Herold had a post office and no railroad service
Wattsville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Strange Creek
 - Wattsville had a post office and no railroad service
Twistville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Twistville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Strange Creek
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Twistville had a post office and no railroad service
Frametown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Strange Creek
 - 1895 population of 99 people
 - Frametown had a post office and no railroad service
Elmira   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Strange Creek
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Elmira had a post office and no railroad service
Gould   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Strange Creek
 - Gould 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 Strange Creek. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Strange Creek 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.

Strange Creek is located in Braxton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Braxton County: Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Lewis, Nicholas & Webster.

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

Braxton     (The home county for Strange Creek)
      Clem   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Orma   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hines   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Handley   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Malden   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Weston   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Addison   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Strange Creek:

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 Braxton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier 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    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Strange Creek ...

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

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 Strange Creek:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Strange Creek.
      See our Misc Page for Strange Creek for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in West Virginia

About Braxton County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 that starts in Strange Creek. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Strange Creek) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Strange Creek. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5632, Longitude: -80.8979     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Strange Creek have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Strange Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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