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Our Genealogical Helper for Sunlight ...

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 Sunlight (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 Sunlight. 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.

Newspapers Published in Sunlight ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sunlight.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sunlight, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sunlight.

Cemeteries Near Sunlight ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sunlight.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Morning Side Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Mountain Gate Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Wallace Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW At The End Of The Trail Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  WSW Old Amwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sunset Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  SSW Harrah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rosewood 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.<3>

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

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

Williamsburg   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sunlight
 - 1895 population of 154 people
 - Williamsburg had a post office and no railroad service
 
Friars Hill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sunlight
 - Friars Hill had a post office and no railroad service
 
Frankford   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sunlight
 - Frankford had a post office and no railroad service
 
Falling Spring   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Sunlight
 - 1895 population of 55 people (with 207 people in 2017)
 - Falling Spring had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hughart   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sunlight
 - Hughart had a post office and no railroad service
 
Leonard   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sunlight
 - Leonard had a post office and no railroad service
 
Richlands   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Sunlight
 - 1895 population of 14 people
 - Richlands had a post office and no railroad service
 
Loveridge   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sunlight
 - Loveridge had a post office and no railroad service
 
Clintonville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sunlight
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Clintonville 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 Sunlight. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sunlight 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.

Sunlight is located in Greenbrier County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Greenbrier County: Alleghany (VA), Bath (VA), Fayette, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Summers & Webster.

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

  DirectionDistance
Greenbrier     (The home county for Sunlight)
      Unus   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Falling Spring   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Frankford   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Clendenenville   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Anthony   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lewisburg   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fairlea   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
 
Fayette
      Bellwood   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Spring Dale   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Meadow Bridge   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Monroe
      Hollywood   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Nicholas
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Pocahontas
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Buckeye   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Marlinton   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Huntersville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Edray   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Thorny Creek   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cass   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Raleigh
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shady Spring   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Summers
      Hinton   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Webster
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Alleghany (VA)
      Low Moor (VA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Selma (VA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clifton Forge (VA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Iron Gate (VA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Bath (VA)
      Carloover (VA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Covington City (VA)
      Covington (VA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Craig (VA)
      New Castle (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 either 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 Sunlight:

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 Greenbrier County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette 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      
Alleghany County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bath County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Craig 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 Greenbrier County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Greenbrier 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 ...
      Virginia

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that stretches from Sunlight. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sunlight) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunlight. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9871, Longitude: -80.4615     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunlight have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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: findagrave.com.

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

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