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Our Genealogical Helper for Thurmond ...

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 Thurmond (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 Thurmond. 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 Thurmond ...

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 Thurmond.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Thurmond, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Thurmond.

Cemeteries Near Thurmond ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thurmond.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW High Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  W Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WNW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Huse Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Royal Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Layland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smailes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW John Nugen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Abbot Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jennette Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wriston Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Powers Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Holly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ellison Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lively Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Cottle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WSW Lively Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Pax Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Beechnut Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Goddard Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shuck Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Amick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Meadow Haven Memorial Park   [Map]     
  W Rinehart Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wriston 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Thurmond had a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Thurmond had a population of 5 people.

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

Fire Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Fire Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Thurmond
 - 1895 population of 250 people
 - Fire Creek had a post office and railroad service
Beury   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Thurmond
 - Beury had a post office and no railroad service
Claremont   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Thurmond
 - Claremont had a post office and railroad service
Alaska - Historic   [Map]
 - While Alaska was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Thurmond
 - Alaska had railroad service and no post office
East Sewell - Historic   [Map]
 - While East Sewell was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thurmond
 - East Sewell had railroad service and no post office
Gatewood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Thurmond
 - Gatewood had a post office and no railroad service
Sewell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Thurmond
 - Sewell had railroad service and no post office
Oak Hill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Thurmond
 - 1895 population of 98 people (with 8,338 people in 2017)
 - Oak Hill had a post office and no railroad service
McKendree   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Thurmond
 - 1895 population of 40 people
 - McKendree had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Thurmond. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thurmond 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.

Thurmond is located in Fayette County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Fayette County: Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers.

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

Fayette     (The home county for Thurmond)
      Harvey   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pax   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Meadow Bridge   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Janie   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Whitesville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elk Run Junction   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sylvester   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Joes Creek   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Keith   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Orgas   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coopertown   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lindytown - Historic   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cabot   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fosterville   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Milltown   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Prenter   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clay   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hines   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Vale   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Alderson   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Frazier   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fort Spring   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Acme   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Handley   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Winifrede   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Belle   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Athens   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Harper   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bud   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 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 Thurmond:

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 Fayette County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Thurmond ...

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Fayette County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thurmond. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9595, Longitude: -81.0810     [Map].

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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 Thurmond, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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