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Our Genealogical Helper for Terra Alta ...

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 Terra Alta (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 Terra Alta. 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 the area of Terra Alta ...

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 19 newspapers that have been published in the area around Terra Alta.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Terra Alta. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Terra Alta and those printed in the larger area surrounding Terra Alta.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> of Terra Alta.

Cemeteries Near Terra Alta ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Terra Alta.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Ashby Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Lake Ford United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Albright - St. Joe Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Belleview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nine Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tatlor Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kingwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Beachy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lenox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gortner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Cobun Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Riverview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Fike / Wolfe Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wesley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ferndale Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Beech Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dinkerberger Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Sanders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Deakins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Accident Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Red House Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Wonderly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sang Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Parnell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Miller 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 Terra Alta had a population of 443 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Terra Alta had a population of 1,501 people.

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

Hutton (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Terra Alta
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Hutton had a post office and railroad service
Corinth   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Terra Alta
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Corinth had a post office and no railroad service
Dority   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Terra Alta
 - 1895 population of 34 people
 - Dority had a post office and no railroad service
Skipnish (MD) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Skipnish was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Terra Alta
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Skipnish had a post office and no railroad service
Amblersburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Terra Alta
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Amblersburg had a post office and railroad service
Albright   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Terra Alta
 - 1895 population of 89 people (with 282 people in 2017)
 - Albright had a post office and no railroad service
Carmel   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Terra Alta
 - 1895 population of 102 people
 - Carmel had a post office and no railroad service
Oakland (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Terra Alta
 - 1895 population of 1,046 people (with 1,838 people in 2017)
 - Oakland had a post office and railroad service
Cranesville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Terra Alta
 - 1895 population of 103 people
 - Cranesville had a post office and railroad service
Kingwood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Terra Alta
 - 1895 population of 625 people (with 2,929 people in 2017)
 - Kingwood had a post office and railroad service
Lenox   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Terra Alta
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Lenox 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 Terra Alta. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Terra Alta 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Terra Alta is located in Preston County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Preston County: Garrett (MD), Fayette (PA), Barbour, Grant, Monongalia, Taylor & Tucker.

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

Preston     (The home county for Terra Alta)
      Albright   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Belington   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harman   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Davis   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Westernport (MD)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Barton (MD)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Nikep (MD)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Klondike (MD)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Midland (MD)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodland (MD)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Midlothian (MD)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rawlings (MD)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Frostburg (MD)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Loarville (MD)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eckhart Mines (MD)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Grantsville (MD)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Ohiopyle (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hopwood (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Highhouse (PA)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Independence (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oliver (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Puritan (PA)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fairdale (PA)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Somerset (PA)
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Ursina (PA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Confluence (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Salisbury (PA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Casselman (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Meyersdale (PA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Garrett (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glade City (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rockwood (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      New Centerville (PA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Terra Alta:

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 Preston 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    
Hardy 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    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tucker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allegany County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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 Terra Alta ...

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

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 Terra Alta:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Terra Alta in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Terra Alta for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Terra Alta.
      See our Misc Page for Terra Alta for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Preston County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Terra Alta. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Terra Alta

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Terra Alta. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4443, Longitude: -79.5436     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Terra Alta 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 Terra Alta, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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