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Our Genealogical Helper for Swann ...

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 Swann (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 Swann. 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 Swann ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Swann.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Swann, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Swann.

Cemeteries Near Swann ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Swann.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McCoy - Starkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Arthur Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lundsford Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Staten Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCoy Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Swan Creek Methodist Episcopal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Maupin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Forest Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSE Milton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Big Four Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Moores Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Love Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Greenbottom Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Herrenkohl Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Blue Sulphur Burial Park   [Map]     
  SSW Mud River Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Chapman Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hereford Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Culloden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW King Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Calloway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Crown City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW White Chapel Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Bethel Methodist Episcopal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Waugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fraizer Bottom Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beale Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barton Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Buckle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Victory Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Beulah Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Oaklawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  ENE Buffalo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ridgelawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Potts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Swindler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Garlic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Halley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Good Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Ridge 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Swann had a population of 13 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Glenwood   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Swann
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Glenwood had a post office and railroad service
Mount Olive   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Swann
 - Mount Olive had a post office and no railroad service
Swan Creek (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Swann
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Swan Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Upland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Swann
 - Upland had a post office and no railroad service
Milton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Swann
 - 1895 population of 548 people (with 2,612 people in 2017)
 - Milton had a post office and railroad service
Ashton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Swann
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Ashton had a post office and no railroad service
Ona   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Swann
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Ona had a post office and railroad service
Clemma (OH) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Clemma was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Swann
 - Clemma had a post office and no railroad service
Green Bottom   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Swann
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Green Bottom had a post office and railroad service
Lesage   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Swann
 - 1895 population of 9 people
 - Lesage had railroad service and no post office
Cox Landing   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Swann
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Cox Landing 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 Swann. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Swann 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Swann is located in Cabell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Cabell County: Gallia (OH), Lawrence (OH), Lincoln, Mason, Putnam & Wayne.

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

Cabell     (The home county for Swann)
      Milton   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Horse Creek Junction   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Layville   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Morrisvale   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Dodson Junction   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Julian   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lory   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Saint Albans   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tornado   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sod   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harts   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Banco   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Leon   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Baden   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mason   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Poca   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Buffalo Creek   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ceredo   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Kenova   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mineral Springs   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Gay   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wilsondale   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Boyd (KY)
      Catlettsburg (KY)   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ashland (KY)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Millseat (KY)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Westwood (KY)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairview (KY)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Durbin (KY)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Big Sandy (KY)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rush (KY)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Greenup (KY)
      Bellefonte (KY)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Russell (KY)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Flatwoods (KY)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Raceland (KY)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Worthington (KY)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wurtland (KY)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Argillite (KY)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greenup (KY)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lloyd (KY)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lawrence (KY)
      Buchanan (KY)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Zelda (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bolton (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Catalpa (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Estep (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fallsburg (KY)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goldie (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stringtown (KY)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Louisa (KY)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Five Forks (KY)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Keturah (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lizzie (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cheshire (OH)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Carlton (OH)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Centerville (OH)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vinton (OH)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ewington (OH)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alice (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Jackson (OH)
      Blackfork Junction (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Hill (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pattonsville (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Andis (OH)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burlington (OH)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      South Point (OH)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Coal Grove (OH)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Ironton (OH)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Vernon (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hanging Rock (OH)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Middleport (OH)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rutland (OH)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Scioto (OH)
      South Webster (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Franklin Furnace (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Garden City (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Slocum (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wheelersburg (OH)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Vinton (OH)
      Wilkesville (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to 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 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 Swann:

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 Cabell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha 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    
Putnam 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    
Boyd County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenup County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Scioto County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Vinton 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 Cabell County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Cabell 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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Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Swann ...

While our initial data for Swann came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Swann 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 Swann.

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 Swann:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Swann.
      See our Misc Page for Swann for more information.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swann. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5231, Longitude: -82.1588     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Swann 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 Swann, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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