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Our Genealogical Helper for Thacker Mines ...

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 Thacker Mines (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 Thacker Mines. 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 Thacker Mines ...

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 7 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thacker Mines.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Thacker Mines, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Thacker Mines.

Cemeteries Near Thacker Mines ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thacker Mines.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Chafin Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Italy Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Meador Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Steele Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Musick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Varney Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Matthew Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stafford Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Simkins Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Musick Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Dotson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Billy Dotson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Duty Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Varney Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Julius Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Jerry Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Toler Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sizemore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mahon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Varney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Curry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Yates Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Dotson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cline Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Farley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Marcum Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Estep Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Varney Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Stump Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Upper Curry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Farley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Buchanan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Adair Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hatfield Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Farley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Runyon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mountain View Memory Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Hurley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dotson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rife Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mounts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Star Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lower Curry Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mounts Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ellis 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>

While we didn't find Thacker Mines in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Thacker Mines.

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

Phelps (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Thacker Mines
 - Phelps had a post office and no railroad service
Jamboree (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Thacker Mines
 - 1895 population of 154 people
 - Jamboree had a post office and no railroad service
Pinsonfork (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Thacker Mines
 - Pinsonfork had a post office and no railroad service
Coleman (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Thacker Mines
 - Coleman had a post office and no railroad service
Oilville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Thacker Mines
 - Oilville had a post office and no railroad service
Paw Paw (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Thacker Mines
 - 1895 population of 200 people
 - Paw Paw had a post office and no railroad service
Canada (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West (W) from Thacker Mines
 - Canada had a post office and no railroad service
Christian   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thacker Mines
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Christian 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 Thacker Mines. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thacker Mines 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Thacker Mines is located in Mingo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mingo County: Martin (KY), Pike (KY), Buchanan (VA), Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Wayne & Wyoming.

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

Mingo     (The home county for Thacker Mines)
      Musick   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Red Jacket   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Blackberry City   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Matewan   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pie   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Wharncliffe   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Delbarton   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Williamson   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Chattaroy   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Manila   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clothier   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hewett   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ottawa   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Stark   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Havana   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jeffrey   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barrett   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pondco   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ramage   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Rocklick   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harts   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Omar   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Holden   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Man   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Troy Town   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wyoming City   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Iaeger   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Union City   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Bradshaw   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Davy   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Welch   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      War   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Gary   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Thorpe   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wilsondale   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Uno   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bud   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Floyd (KY)
      Betsy Layne (KY)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harold (KY)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stanville (KY)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tram (KY)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grethel (KY)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ivel (KY)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Teaberry (KY)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dana (KY)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beaver (KY)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Banner (KY)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Blue Moon (KY)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Allen (KY)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Johnson (KY)
      Whitehouse (KY)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Williamsport (KY)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Meally (KY)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nero (KY)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Van Lear (KY)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      East Point (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Thelma (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      West Van Lear (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lowmansville (KY)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tutor Key (KY)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hagerhill (KY)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (KY)
      Clifford (KY)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Peach Orchard (KY)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Maynard (KY) - Historic   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Patrick (KY)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Richardson (KY)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ben Bow (KY)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ulysses (KY) - Historic   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Gallup (KY) - Historic   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Letcher (KY)
      Burdine (KY)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Martin (KY)
      Lovely (KY)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pilgrim (KY)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Beauty (KY)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Warfield (KY)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hode (KY)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Debord (KY)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Inez (KY)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tomahawk (KY)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Pike (KY)
      Freeburn (KY)   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Majestic (KY)   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      McCarr (KY)   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Ransom (KY)   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Stopover (KY)   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Phelps (KY)   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Hardy (KY)   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      McVeigh (KY)   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Belfry (KY)   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Huddy (KY)   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      McAndrews (KY)   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pinsonfork (KY)   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
Buchanan (VA)
      Kelsa (VA)   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Grundy (VA)   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Royal City (VA)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Vansant (VA)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Janey (VA)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Dickenson (VA)
      Haysi (VA)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Clinchco (VA)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clintwood (VA)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Darwin (VA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Russell (VA)
      Russell (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Dye (VA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Tazewell (VA)
      Raven (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Richlands (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 - 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 Thacker Mines:

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 Mingo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone 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      
McDowell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Johnson County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Lawrence County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Letcher County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Martin County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Buchanan County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dickenson County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Mingo County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Mingo 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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Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Mingo County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thacker Mines. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.6037, Longitude: -82.0968     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thacker Mines 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 Thacker Mines, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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