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Our Genealogical Helper for Sun Valley ...

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 (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. 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 ...

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.

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

Newspapers Published in Sun Valley ...

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

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sun Valley, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sun Valley.

Cemeteries Near Sun Valley ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Borring Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Plant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Milford Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Marshville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ash Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Enon Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Olive Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  S New Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Clare IOOF Cemetery<2>   [Map]     
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fortney Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Center Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bartlett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Grass Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Big Isaac Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Post Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sheets Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Adkinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stonewall Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rittenhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  N IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  W K of P Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Marsh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Greenbrier Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Duck Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brick Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stouts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wolfe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Norman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bond Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Davison Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McIntire Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Boggess Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Swiger Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cascara Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Mt. Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Haymond Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Floral Hills Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sedalia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Broad Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wetzel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Horeb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dye Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bridgeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Doak Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Victory 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>

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

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

Wolf Summit   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sun Valley
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Wolf Summit had a post office and railroad service
Wilsonburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sun Valley
 - 1895 population of 156 people
 - Wilsonburg had a post office and railroad service
Marshville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sun Valley
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Marshville had a post office and no railroad service
Jarvisville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sun Valley
 - 1895 population of 121 people
 - Jarvisville had a post office and no railroad service
Clarksburg   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Sun Valley
 - 1895 population of 3,008 people (with 15,621 people in 2017)
 - Clarksburg had a post office and railroad service
Adamston   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sun Valley
 - 1895 population of 55 people
 - Adamston had a post office and no railroad service
Sardis   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sun Valley
 - 1895 population of 125 people
 - Sardis had a post office and no railroad service
Olive   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sun Valley
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Olive 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 Sun Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sun Valley 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 and doctors 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.

Sun Valley is located in Harrison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Harrison County: Barbour, Doddridge, Lewis, Marion, Taylor, Upshur & Wetzel.

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

Harrison     (The home county for Sun Valley)
      O'Neill   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Adamston   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Gore   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Despard   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belington   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Weston   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kent   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Barker   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Washington (OH)
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 - 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 Sun Valley:

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 Harrison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler 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      
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Harrison County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sun Valley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2773, Longitude: -80.4373     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sun Valley have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>UMC is an abbreviation for the United Methodist Church

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

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