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Sun Valley Estates, West Virginia

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Our Genealogical Helper for Sun Valley Estates ...

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 Sun Valley Estates (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 Sun Valley Estates. 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 Sun Valley Estates ...

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 Sun Valley Estates.

  • Typical abbreviation for Sun Valley Estates: Sun Vly. Ests. (or less commonly used: Sun Vally. Ests. or Sun Vlly. Ests.)

Newspapers Published in Sun Valley Estates ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sun Valley Estates.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sun Valley Estates, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sun Valley Estates.

Cemeteries Near Sun Valley Estates ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sun Valley Estates.

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 Sun Valley Estates covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW J L Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Leadman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Teays Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE College Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Burdette Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Winfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Showen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sutherland - White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cunningham Memorial Park   [Map]     
  ENE Cartwright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  W Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bangor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Giles - Stern Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  E Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wade Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Culloden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brick Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rocky Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sam Derrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Grandview Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Hazlette Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Grandview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Thurston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bess Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Martin / Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McClanahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Clark Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Britton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fraizer Bottom Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lundsford 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>

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

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

Scary   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sun Valley Estates
 - Scary had a post office and railroad service
Teays   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sun Valley Estates
 - Teays had a post office and no railroad service
Poca   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sun Valley Estates
 - 1895 population of 284 people (with 987 people in 2017)
 - Poca had a post office and railroad service
Raymond City   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sun Valley Estates
 - 1895 population of 650 people
 - Raymond City had a post office and railroad service
Bancroft   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sun Valley Estates
 - Bancroft had railroad service and no post office
Red House   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Sun Valley Estates
 - Red House had railroad service and no post office
Sattes   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sun Valley Estates
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Sattes had a post office and railroad service
Plymouth   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sun Valley Estates
 - Plymouth had a post office and railroad service
Winfield   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Sun Valley Estates
 - 1895 population of 302 people (with 2,359 people in 2017)
 - Winfield had a post office and no railroad service
Hurricane   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Sun Valley Estates
 - 1895 population of 207 people (with 6,542 people in 2017)
 - Hurricane 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 Sun Valley Estates. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sun Valley Estates 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 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.

Sun Valley Estates is located in Putnam County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Putnam County: Cabell, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln & Mason.

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

Putnam     (The home county for Sun Valley Estates)
      Scott Village   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Teays Valley   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Teays Village   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Poca   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Horse Creek Junction   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Julian   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Morrisvale   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dodson Junction   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Easly   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Saint Albans   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Tornado   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sod   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harts   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Banco   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Leon   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Baden   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mason   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Buffalo Creek   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Ceredo   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kenova   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Boyd (KY)
      Catlettsburg (KY)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Durbin (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ashland (KY)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Carlton (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cheshire (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Andis (OH)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burlington (OH)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      South Point (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coal Grove (OH)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Middleport (OH)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 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 Sun Valley Estates:

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 Putnam 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    
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    
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    
Boyd County (KY):       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    
Meigs 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 Putnam County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Putnam 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Putnam County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sun Valley Estates. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4531, Longitude: -81.8954     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sun Valley Estates 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 Sun Valley Estates, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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