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Our Genealogical Helper for Sunset Beach ...

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 Sunset Beach (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 Sunset Beach. 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 Sunset Beach ...

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 Sunset Beach.

  • Typical abbreviation for Sunset Beach: Sunset Bch.

Newspapers Published in Sunset Beach ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sunset Beach.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sunset Beach, 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 Sunset Beach.

Cemeteries Near Sunset Beach ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sunset Beach.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Zion Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jennewine Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Donaldson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Blaney Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Pierpont Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fletcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Forks of Cheat Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Eden United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W New Monongalia County Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Evergreen Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Pt. Marion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hoard Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Pool Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cagey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ft. Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Garlow Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Everley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW East Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSW Nuce Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Fair View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wolfs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Crichfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Lawnwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lazzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Beverly Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ida Jane Memorial Park   [Map]     
  ENE East View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Donham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Greene Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Furman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Monongahela Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Garrison Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Linton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McClure Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Everly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Brewster Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Dents Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Brand Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ache Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Robe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW South Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Keener Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Steele Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bradford 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 Sunset Beach in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sunset Beach.

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

Stewartstown   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sunset Beach
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Stewartstown had a post office and no railroad service
Easton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sunset Beach
 - 1895 population of 142 people
 - Easton had a post office and no railroad service
Point Marion (PA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sunset Beach
 - 1895 population of 462 people (with 1,117 people in 2017)
 - Point Marion had a post office and no railroad service
Morris Crossroads (PA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Sunset Beach
 - 1895 population of 162 people
 - Morris Crossroads had a post office and no railroad service
Morgantown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sunset Beach
 - 1895 population of 1,011 people (with 30,547 people in 2017)
 - Morgantown had a post office and railroad service
Dellslow   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sunset Beach
 - Dellslow had a post office and no railroad service
Pisgah   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sunset Beach
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Pisgah had a post office and no railroad service
Winstead (PA)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sunset Beach
 - Winstead 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 Sunset Beach. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sunset Beach 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.

Sunset Beach is located in Monongalia County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monongalia County: Fayette (PA), Greene (PA), Marion, Preston, Taylor & Wetzel.

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

Monongalia     (The home county for Sunset Beach)
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Canyon   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Westover   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Granville   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Star City   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Osage   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Despard   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gore   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Albright   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bane   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grantsville (MD)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Allegheny (PA)
      Elizabeth (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Highhouse (PA)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Puritan (PA)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hopwood (PA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Salem (PA)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Isabella (PA)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Oliver (PA)   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fairdale (PA)   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rices Landing (PA)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jefferson (PA)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Morrisville (PA)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clarksville (PA)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Swarts (PA)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
Somerset (PA)
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Confluence (PA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ursina (PA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Casselman (PA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Centerville (PA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rockwood (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (PA)
      Fredericktown-Millsboro (PA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Deemston (PA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      West Brownsville (PA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Centerville (PA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      California (PA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Daisytown (PA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beallsville (PA)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Marianna (PA)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coal Center (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Allenport (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elco (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Long Branch (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
Westmoreland (PA)
      North Belle Vernon (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Monessen (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Smithton (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Scottdale (PA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Newton (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Pleasant (PA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mount Joy (PA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hunker (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sutersville (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Stanton (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Donegal (PA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Herminie (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 helpful 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 Sunset Beach:

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 Monongalia County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison 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    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allegheny County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Somerset County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Westmoreland 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 Monongalia County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Monongalia 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 ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Monongalia County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Monongalia County:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunset Beach. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.6795, Longitude: -79.8564     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunset Beach 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:

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

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