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Swan Pond, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Swan Pond ...

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 Swan Pond (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Swan Pond. 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.

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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Swan Pond is located in Berkeley County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Berkeley County: Washington (MD), Frederick (VA), Jefferson & Morgan.

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

Berkeley     (The home county for Swan Pond)
  Scrabble   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Bedington   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Baker Heights   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Martinsburg   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Falling Waters   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Hedgesville   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Arden   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Inwood   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Bunker Hill   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Capon Bridge   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Slanesville   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Shepherdstown   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Bardane   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Jefferson Village   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Charles Town   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Ranson   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bolivar   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Harpers Ferry   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Lower Town   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bloomery   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Kabletown   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bath   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Berryville   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Paw Paw   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
Allegany (MD)
  Little Orleans (MD)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Keifers (MD)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oldtown (MD)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Flintstone (MD)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Carroll (MD)
  Keymar (MD)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ridgeville (MD)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Union Bridge (MD)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Linwood (MD)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mount Airy (MD)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Taneytown (MD)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fairground Village (MD)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Nottingham Village (MD)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Frederick (MD)
  Burkittsville (MD)   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Knoxville (MD)   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Myersville (MD)   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Rosemont (MD)   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Brunswick (MD)   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Middletown (MD)   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Boss Arnold Village (MD)   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Jefferson (MD)   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Braddock Heights (MD)   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Woodlawn Village (MD)   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Adamstown Village (MD)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Point-of-Rocks (MD)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Potomac Village (MD)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
Montgomery (MD)
  Dickerson (MD)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Barnesville (MD)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Beallsville (MD)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Poolesville (MD)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Clarksburg (MD)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Boyds (MD)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Damascus (MD)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Germantown (MD)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Darnestown (MD)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (MD)
  Sharpsburg (MD)   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Fairplay (MD)   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Keedysville (MD)   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Williamsport (MD)   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Breathedsville (MD)   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Saint James (MD)   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Eakles Mills (MD)   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Saint James Village (MD)   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Boonsboro (MD)   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Rohrersville (MD)   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Wilson-Conococheague (MD)   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Halfway (MD)   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Big Pool (MD)   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
Adams (PA)
  Carroll Valley (PA)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Fairfield (PA)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Orrtanna (PA)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cashtown (PA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cashtown-McKnightstown (PA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Seven Stars (PA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bedford (PA)
  Purcell (PA)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Franklin (PA)
  Greencastle (PA)   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Mercersburg (PA)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Waynecastle (PA)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rouzerville (PA)   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wayne Heights (PA)   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Waynesboro (PA)   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pen Mar (PA)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Beartown (PA)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Blue Ridge Summit (PA)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cashtown (PA)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Marion (PA)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Monterey (PA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fort Loudon (PA)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
Fulton (PA)
  Websters Mill (PA)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  McConnellsburg (PA)   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Harrisonville (PA)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Clarke (VA)
  Gaylord (VA)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Berryville (VA)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Boyce (VA)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Frogtown (VA)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Waterloo (VA)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Berrys (VA)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  White Post (VA)   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
Fauquier (VA)
  Zulla (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Markham (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Petersburg (VA)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Frederick (VA)
  White Hall (VA)   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Welltown (VA)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Echo Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Stephens City (VA)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Middletown (VA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Loudoun (VA)
  Lovettsville (VA)   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Bolington (VA)   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hillsboro (VA)   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Round Hill (VA)   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Purcellville (VA)   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hamilton (VA)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lucketts (VA)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  White Pump (VA)   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Leesburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lansdowne (VA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Belmont (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Middleburg (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ashburn Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Warren (VA)
  Reliance (VA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Riverton (VA)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Royal Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Winchester City (VA)
  Winchester (VA)   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Swan Pond ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Swan Pond.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Swan Pond covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Sprinkle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WSW Smoketown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Mt. Wesley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Hebrew Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Stone Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Vancleveville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Light Cemetery #1   [Map]     
  W Rosedale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Old German Lutheran Reformed Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Norbourne Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant View Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shepherds Graveyard   [Map]     
  SE Reformed Graveyard   [Map]     
  W Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Norborne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Douglas Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW James M Van Metre Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kearneysville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Buckles - Reverend Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  E First Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Reformed Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Falling Waters Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Providence Quaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tuscarora Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Elk Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Antietam National Cemetery   [Map]   [MIHP<3>]  
  E Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mumma Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Falling Waters Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Butler Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Johnsontown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Uvilla Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Little Georgetown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hedgesville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Pitzers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Arden United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Darkesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Manor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Augustines Graveyard   [Map]     
  NNE River View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Allensville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tomahawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mountain Side Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Briar Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Swan Pond ...

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 52 newspapers that have been published in the area around Swan Pond.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Swan Pond, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Swan Pond.

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.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Swan Pond had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Foltz - Historic   [Map]
 - While Foltz was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Swan Pond
 - Foltz had a post office and no railroad service
Berkeley   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Swan Pond
 - Berkeley had railroad service and no post office
Bedington   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Swan Pond
 - 1895 population of 57 people
 - Bedington had a post office and railroad service
Shepherdstown   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Swan Pond
 - 1895 population of 151 people (with 1,802 people in 2017)
 - Shepherdstown had a post office and railroad service
Kearneysville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Swan Pond
 - Kearneysville had a post office and no railroad service
Martinsburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Swan Pond
 - 1895 population of 7,226 people (with 17,404 people in 2017)
 - Martinsburg had a post office and railroad service
Sharpsburg (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Swan Pond
 - 1895 population of 1,163 people (with 639 people in 2017)
 - Sharpsburg had a post office and no railroad service
Grimes (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Swan Pond
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - Grimes had a post office and no railroad service
Downsville (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Swan Pond
 - 1895 population of 192 people
 - Downsville had a post office and no railroad service
Falling Waters   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Swan Pond
 - 1895 population of 80 people
 - Falling Waters had a post office and railroad service
Shenandoah Junction   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Swan Pond
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Shenandoah Junction 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 Swan Pond. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Swan Pond in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Swan Pond:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Berkeley County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Hampshire County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Morgan County:     Cyndi's



Allegany County (MD):     Cyndi's



Carroll County (MD):     Cyndi's



Frederick County (MD):     Cyndi's



Montgomery County (MD):     Cyndi's



Washington County (MD):     Cyndi's



Adams County (PA):     Cyndi's



Bedford County (PA):     Cyndi's



Franklin County (PA):     Cyndi's



Fulton County (PA):     Cyndi's



Clarke County (VA):     Cyndi's



Fauquier County (VA):     Cyndi's



Frederick County (VA):     Cyndi's



Loudoun County (VA):     Cyndi's



Warren County (VA):     Cyndi's



Winchester City (VA):     Cyndi's



Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of West Virginia,
Cemeteries of Berkeley County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for Berkeley 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 Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Swan Pond ...

While our initial data about Swan Pond came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Swan Pond in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Swan Pond.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Swan Pond:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Swan Pond. See our Misc Page for Swan Pond for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Berkeley County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Berkeley 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. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Swan Pond) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swan Pond. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4693, Longitude: -77.8772     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Swan Pond 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>The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) has created and maintains a database of historic properties that is called MIHP (for the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties). More information about the MHT and MIHP can be found on their website:

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<4>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 Swan Pond, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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