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Our Genealogical Helper for Thompson Heights ...

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 Thompson Heights (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 Thompson Heights. 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 Thompson Heights ...

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 Thompson Heights.

  • Typical abbreviation for Thompson Heights: Thompson Hts. (in Canada, 'Hgts.' is the more common abbreviation.)

Newspapers Published in Thompson Heights ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thompson Heights.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Thompson Heights, 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 Thompson Heights.

Cemeteries Near Thompson Heights ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thompson Heights.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Culloden Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNE Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Trace Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Milton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lundsford Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chapman Family Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Harveys Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Staten Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE J L Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE Leadman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Maupin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Forest Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Waugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Enom Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Love Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Ray Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hamlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lincoln Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sutherland - White Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Teays Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Winfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fraizer Bottom Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Zion 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>

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

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

Hurricane   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Thompson Heights
 - 1895 population of 207 people (with 6,542 people in 2017)
 - Hurricane had a post office and railroad service
Culloden   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Thompson Heights
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Culloden had a post office and railroad service
Teays   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thompson Heights
 - Teays had a post office and no railroad service
Nye   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Thompson Heights
 - Nye had a post office and no railroad service
Milton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Thompson Heights
 - 1895 population of 548 people (with 2,612 people in 2017)
 - Milton had a post office and railroad service
Portersville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Thompson Heights
 - Portersville had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Olive   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Thompson Heights
 - Mount Olive had a post office and no railroad service
Scary   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Thompson Heights
 - Scary 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 Thompson Heights. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thompson Heights 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.

Thompson Heights is located in Putnam County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Putnam County: Cabell, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln & Mason.

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

Putnam     (The home county for Thompson Heights)
      Hurricane   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Teays Village   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Poca   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dodson Junction   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Layville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Morrisvale   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Horse Creek Junction   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Julian   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lory   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Milton   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Tornado   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Saint Albans   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Sod   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Harts   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Banco   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Troy Town   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Holden   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Upland   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Leon   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Baden   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Buffalo Creek   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ceredo   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kenova   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mineral Springs   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wilsondale   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Gay   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Boyd (KY)
      Catlettsburg (KY)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Durbin (KY)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ashland (KY)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Millseat (KY)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Westwood (KY)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Big Sandy (KY)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fairview (KY)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rush (KY)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Greenup (KY)
      Bellefonte (KY)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Russell (KY)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Flatwoods (KY)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Raceland (KY)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Worthington (KY)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lawrence (KY)
      Buchanan (KY)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Zelda (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Catalpa (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Louisa (KY)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bolton (KY) - Historic   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fallsburg (KY)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Goldie (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Stringtown (KY)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Walbridge (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Estep (KY) - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clifford (KY)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Five Forks (KY)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Carlton (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cheshire (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Centerville (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Andis (OH)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burlington (OH)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      South Point (OH)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coal Grove (OH)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ironton (OH)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vernon (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hanging Rock (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Middleport (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - although it should be mentioned 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 Thompson Heights:

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 Putnam County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cabell 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    
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    
Lawrence County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs 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 Putnam County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Putnam 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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Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thompson Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4170, Longitude: -82.0357     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thompson Heights 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 Thompson Heights, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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