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Our Genealogical Helper for Sturgeon Branch ...

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

We've added Sturgeon Branch to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Sturgeon Branch, 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 Sturgeon Branch (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 Sturgeon Branch. 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 Sturgeon Branch ...

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 Sturgeon Branch.

  • Typical abbreviation for Sturgeon Branch: Sturgeon Br. (or less commonly used: Sturgeon Brnch.)

Cemeteries Near Sturgeon Branch ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sturgeon Branch.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]<2>  
  S Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S White Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S William Thomas Lowry Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shuck Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Patton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Wickline Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Amick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smailes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Layland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rider Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Goddard Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Amwell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Hicks - Swell Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Beechnut Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Bragg Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE At The End Of The Trail Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wallace Memorial 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 Sturgeon Branch in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sturgeon Branch.

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

Maywood   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Sturgeon Branch
 - Maywood had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Dale   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Sturgeon Branch
 - Spring Dale had a post office and no railroad service
Crickmer   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sturgeon Branch
 - 1895 population of 39 people
 - Crickmer had a post office and no railroad service
Dennis   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Sturgeon Branch
 - Dennis had a post office and no railroad service
Ravenseye   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sturgeon Branch
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Ravenseye had a post office and no railroad service
Elton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Sturgeon Branch
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Elton had a post office and no railroad service
Lawn   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sturgeon Branch
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Lawn had a post office and no railroad service
Rupert   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sturgeon Branch
 - Rupert had a post office and no railroad service
Green Sulphur Springs   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Sturgeon Branch
 - 1895 population of 123 people
 - Green Sulphur Springs 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 Sturgeon Branch. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sturgeon Branch 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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 Sturgeon Branch is historic, it would have been located within present day Fayette County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Fayette County: Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers.

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

Fayette     (The home county for Sturgeon Branch)
      Bellwood   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Spring Dale   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Meadow Bridge   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Whitesville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elk Run Junction   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Janie   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sylvester   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Hines   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Vale   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alderson   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Frazier   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fort Spring   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Handley   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Acme   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Athens   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Peterstown   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Buckeye   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Shady Spring   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Giles (VA)
      Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Sturgeon Branch:

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 Fayette County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pocahontas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

About Fayette County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sturgeon Branch. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9379, Longitude: -80.8179     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sturgeon Branch 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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