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Tams, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Tams ...

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 Tams (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 Tams. 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and 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.

Tams is located in Raleigh County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Raleigh County: Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, Mercer, Summers & Wyoming.

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

Raleigh     (The home county for Tams)
  Eastgulf   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Helen   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Rhodell   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Lester   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Sophia   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Tolleys   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Crab Orchard   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Fairdale   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  MacArthur   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Old Mill Village   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Tilden   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Rocklick   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bald Knob   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lindytown - Historic   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Barrett   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Twilight   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Whitesville   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Elk Run Junction   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Janie   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pondco   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bandytown   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bim   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Marnie   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pax   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Mount Hope   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Newlyn - Historic   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sewell Knob - Historic   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Stonecliff - Historic   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Thurmond   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Concho   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rush Run - Historic   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  McDunn   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Meadow Bridge   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Vale   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Alderson   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hines   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Orient Hill   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Acme   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Eskdale   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Handley   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hollygrove   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cabin Creek   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pratt   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  East Bank   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Glasgow   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Winifrede   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Chesapeake   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mineral City   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mallory   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Man   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Omar   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Switzer   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Logan   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Peach Creek   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  West Logan   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mitchell Heights   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Northfork   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Elkhorn   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Welch   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Davy   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Gary   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Iaeger   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Union City   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  War   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Athens   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Edison   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Oakvale   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gilbert Creek   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Baisden   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wharncliffe   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pie   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ballard   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Peterstown   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Bud   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Uno   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
Buchanan (VA)
  Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Giles (VA)
  Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Narrows (VA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bluff City (VA)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Little Town (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Tazewell (VA)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Tams ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Tams.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Slab Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNE Cannaday Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Tilley - Tolliver Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pemberton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bower Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Milam Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Davis - Bailey Homestead Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Brammer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Aliff Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Trail Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Snuffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Farmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Farmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Bud Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Pisgah Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Trump Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tulliver Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Covey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crook Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Sebastians Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sunset Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. TaborCemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Calfee Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Trump Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Snuffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Worley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Accord Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Richmond Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Hickory Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Henderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Russ Lilly Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wright Hunter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wildwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Daniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Clay Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Athey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Frye Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Tams ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Tams.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Tams, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Tams.

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 Tams in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Tams.

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

Lester   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Tams
 - 1895 population of 11 people (with 323 people in 2017)
 - Lester had a post office and no railroad service
Pemberton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Tams
 - 1895 population of 13 people
 - Pemberton had a post office and no railroad service
Odd   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Tams
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Odd had a post office and no railroad service
Saulsville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Tams
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Saulsville had a post office and no railroad service
McGraws   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Tams
 - McGraws had a post office and no railroad service
Newfound   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Tams
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Newfound had a post office and no railroad service
Egeria   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Tams
 - 1895 population of 9 people
 - Egeria had a post office and no railroad service
Shady Spring   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Tams
 - 1895 population of 13 people
 - Shady Spring 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 Tams. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Tams in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites of Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 Tams:

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 Raleigh County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
McDowell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Buchanan County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Raleigh County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tams. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6648, Longitude: -81.3076     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tams 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 Tams, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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