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Sun Valley, West Virginia
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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 102 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 11 miles [17.7 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  
  NNW College Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bangor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Teays Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cunningham Memorial Park   [Map]     
  WNW Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sutherland - White Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Grandview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Burdette Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Hazlette Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Forks of Coal Memorial Park   [Map]     
  E Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thurston Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bess Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brick Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Childress Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Martin / Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rocky Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Sanson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Owen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pate Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE French Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Casdorph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sam Derrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW J L Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cartwright Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Midkiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pauley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holstein Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Showen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Matthews Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Swannor Watts Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Leadman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE McClanahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sycamore 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 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.

Tornado   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sun Valley
 - Tornado had a post office and no railroad service
Sattes   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sun Valley
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Sattes had a post office and railroad service
Scary   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sun Valley
 - Scary had a post office and railroad service
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Sun Valley
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Garretts Bend   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sun Valley
 - Garretts Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Mound - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mound was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Sun Valley
 - Mound had a post office and railroad service
Davis Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sun Valley
 - Davis Creek had railroad service and no post office
Poca   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Sun Valley
 - 1895 population of 284 people (with 987 people in 2017)
 - Poca had a post office and railroad service
Rocky Fork   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sun Valley
 - Rocky Fork 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 doctors and 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.

Sun Valley is located in Kanawha County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kanawha County: Boone, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Lincoln, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh & Roane.

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:

Kanawha     (The home county for Sun Valley)
      Saint Albans   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Tornado   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Jefferson   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dupont City   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Horse Creek Junction   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Julian   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Easly   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Nellis   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Dodson Junction   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clay   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Sod   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Harts   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Banco   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Troy Town   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Holden   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Leon   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Baden   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Poca   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Buffalo Creek   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wilsondale   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ceredo   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kenova   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burlington (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Andis (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      South Point (OH)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 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 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:

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 Kanawha 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    
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    
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    
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    
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence 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 Kanawha County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Kanawha 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 ...

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About Kanawha County

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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 Kanawha County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that begins in Sun Valley. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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: 38.3662, Longitude: -81.8310     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sun Valley 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, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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