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Our Genealogical Helper for Sweet Springs ...

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 Sweet Springs (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 Sweet Springs. 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 Sweet Springs ...

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 Sweet Springs.

  • Typical abbreviation for Sweet Springs: Sweet Spgs. (or less commonly used: Sweet Spngs. or Sweet Sprngs.)

Newspapers Published in Sweet Springs ...

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 50 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sweet Springs.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sweet Springs, there are papers which were published within 21 miles [33.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sweet Springs.

Cemeteries Near Sweet Springs ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sweet Springs.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Rowan Memorial Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNE Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Bryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ruble Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Paxton Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Bostic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Crawford Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lewis Tunnel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dowdy Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Gap Mills 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Sweet Springs had a population of 250 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Sweet Chalybeate (VA)   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from Sweet Springs
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Sweet Chalybeate had a post office and no railroad service
 
Potts Creek (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Sweet Springs
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Potts Creek had a post office and no railroad service
 
Paint Bank (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sweet Springs
 - 1895 population of 13 people
 - Paint Bank had a post office and no railroad service
 
Centennial   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sweet Springs
 - Centennial had a post office and no railroad service
 
Glace   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sweet Springs
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Glace had railroad service and no post office
 
Tuckahoe   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Sweet Springs
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Tuckahoe had railroad service and no post office
 
Laurel Branch   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sweet Springs
 - 1895 population of 19 people
 - Laurel Branch had a post office and no railroad service
 
Alleghany (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Sweet Springs
 - Alleghany had railroad service and no post office
 
Gunn (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Sweet Springs
 - Gunn 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 Sweet Springs. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sweet Springs 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 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.

Sweet Springs is located in Monroe County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monroe County: Alleghany (VA), Craig (VA), Giles (VA), Greenbrier & Summers.

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

  DirectionDistance
Monroe     (The home county for Sweet Springs)
      Hollywood   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Union   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Peterstown   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Fayette
      Spring Dale   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Meadow Bridge   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Greenbrier
      White Sulphur Springs   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fairlea   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ronceverte   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Lewisburg   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fort Spring   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Anthony   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clendenenville   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Frazier   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Frankford   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Alderson   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Unus   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Falling Spring   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Nicholas
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pocahontas
      Hillsboro   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Huntersville   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Summers
      Forest Hill   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Alleghany (VA)
      Low Moor (VA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Selma (VA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Clifton Forge (VA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Iron Gate (VA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Bath (VA)
      Carloover (VA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Bedford (VA)
      Montvale (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Botetourt (VA)
      Fincastle (VA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Daleville (VA)   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Troutville (VA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Salisbury (VA)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cloverdale (VA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Apple Tree Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Runaway Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Laymantown (VA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blue Ridge (VA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Buchanan (VA)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Covington City (VA)
      Covington (VA)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Craig (VA)
      New Castle (VA)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Abbott (VA)   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
 
Floyd (VA)
      Simpsons (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Terrys Fork (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Franklin (VA)
      Boones Mill (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Giles (VA)
      Pembroke (VA)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bluff City (VA)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Narrows (VA)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Montgomery (VA)
      Mount Tabor Village (VA)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sundance Village (VA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blacksburg (VA)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McBryde Village (VA)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Merrimac (VA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Shawsville (VA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Old Farm Village (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Raintree Village (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Christiansburg (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Grove (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pilot (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Riner (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pulaski (VA)
      Fairlawn (VA)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Radford City (VA)
      Mill Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Radford (VA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Radford Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Simpkins Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sunset Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      New Town (VA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Roanoke City (VA)
      Roanoke (VA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Buena Vista (VA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Garden City (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Roanoke (VA)
      Hollins (VA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cave Spring (VA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Vinton (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Montgomery Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bent Mountain (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Salem City (VA)
      Salem (VA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sunset Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]

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

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 - you should note 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 Sweet Springs:

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 Monroe County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier 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    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alleghany County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bath County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bedford County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Botetourt County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Covington City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Craig County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Franklin County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pulaski County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Radford City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
Roanoke City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
Roanoke County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Salem City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Monroe 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 Monroe 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sweet Springs ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...



Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Monroe County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sweet Springs. 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 'point-to-point' distance starting in Sweet Springs. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sweet Springs) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sweet Springs. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6285, Longitude: -80.2414     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sweet Springs 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 Sweet Springs, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Sweet Springs.