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Our Genealogical Helper for Tomahawk ...

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 Tomahawk (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 Tomahawk. 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 Tomahawk ...

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 58 newspapers that have been published in the area around Tomahawk.

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

Cemeteries Near Tomahawk ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Tomahawk.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Tomahawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pittman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Butler Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Riner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jones Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hedgesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Johnsontown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hedges Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Allensville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Snyders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tuscarora Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Providence Quaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Falling Waters Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Mountain Side Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pitzers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Norbourne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old German Lutheran Reformed Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Little Georgetown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Carmel Graveyard   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Arden United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SE Norborne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hebrew Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rosedale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Green Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Duckwall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Highland Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Park Head Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Buck Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Old Stone Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Light Cemetery #1   [Map]     
  ENE Old Falling Waters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Central Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Douglas Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Smoketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sprinkle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ambrose Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Orchard Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ganotown Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Darkesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant View Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Vancleveville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mahnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Little Metropolitan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Michael 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 Tomahawk in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Tomahawk.

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

Baxter   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Tomahawk
 - Baxter had a post office and no railroad service
Jones Springs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Tomahawk
 - 1895 population of 74 people
 - Jones Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Hedgesville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Tomahawk
 - 1895 population of 448 people (with 314 people in 2017)
 - Hedgesville had a post office and no railroad service
North Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Tomahawk
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - North Mountain had a post office and railroad service
Holton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Tomahawk
 - Holton had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Mills   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Tomahawk
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Spring Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Martinsburg   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Tomahawk
 - 1895 population of 7,226 people (with 17,404 people in 2017)
 - Martinsburg had a post office and railroad service
Berkeley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Tomahawk
 - Berkeley had railroad service and no post office
Little Georgetown   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Tomahawk
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Little Georgetown had a post office and no railroad service
Cherry Run   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Tomahawk
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Cherry Run had a post office and railroad service
Shanghai   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Tomahawk
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Shanghai 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 Tomahawk. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Tomahawk 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 and hospitals 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.

Tomahawk is located in Berkeley County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Berkeley County: Washington (MD), Frederick (VA), Jefferson & Morgan.

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

Berkeley     (The home county for Tomahawk)
      Hedgesville   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Martinsburg   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Bedington   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Arden   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Falling Waters   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Baker Heights   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Scrabble   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Inwood   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bunker Hill   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Three Churches   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ritters   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Romney   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shepherdstown   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Bardane   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Jefferson Village   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Charles Town   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Ranson   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bolivar   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Harpers Ferry   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bloomery   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lower Town   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kabletown   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fort Ashby   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Carpendale   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ridgeley   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Wiley Ford   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bath   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Paw Paw   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Little Orleans (MD)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Keifers (MD)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Flintstone (MD)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oldtown (MD)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Spring Gap (MD)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cumberland (MD)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Shanty Town (MD) - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ellerslie (MD)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Frederick (MD)
      Burkittsville (MD)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Knoxville (MD)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Myersville (MD)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brunswick (MD)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rosemont (MD)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Middletown (MD)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Boss Arnold Village (MD)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Braddock Heights (MD)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Jefferson (MD)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Adamstown Village (MD)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Point-of-Rocks (MD)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Potomac Village (MD)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Montgomery (MD)
      Dickerson (MD)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Washington (MD)
      Big Pool (MD)   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Clear Spring (MD)   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Williamsport (MD)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wilson-Conococheague (MD)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hancock (MD)   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fairplay (MD)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saint James (MD)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sharpsburg (MD)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Halfway (MD)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Breathedsville (MD)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Saint James Village (MD)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Funkstown (MD)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
Adams (PA)
      Carroll Valley (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fairfield (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bedford (PA)
      Purcell (PA)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Breezewood (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Everett (PA)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rainsburg (PA)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ott Town (PA)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hopewell (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mount Dallas (PA)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coaldale (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bedford (PA)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Penn Wood (PA)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (PA)
      Mercersburg (PA)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Greencastle (PA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Waynecastle (PA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fort Loudon (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cashtown (PA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Marion (PA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Saint Thomas (PA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Waynesboro (PA)   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rouzerville (PA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wayne Heights (PA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pen Mar (PA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beartown (PA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Fulton (PA)
      Websters Mill (PA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McConnellsburg (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Harrisonville (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Valley-Hi (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fort Littleton (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Clarke (VA)
      Gaylord (VA)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Berryville (VA)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Boyce (VA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waterloo (VA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Frogtown (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      White Post (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Berrys (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
Frederick (VA)
      White Hall (VA)   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Welltown (VA)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Echo Village (VA)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Stephens City (VA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Middletown (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
Loudoun (VA)
      Bolington (VA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hillsboro (VA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lovettsville (VA)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Round Hill (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Purcellville (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hamilton (VA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lucketts (VA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      White Pump (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Leesburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Shenandoah (VA)
      Strasburg (VA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Warren (VA)
      Reliance (VA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Winchester City (VA)
      Winchester (VA)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Tomahawk:

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 Berkeley County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Hampshire County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allegany County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Frederick County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Washington County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Adams County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bedford County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fulton County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Frederick County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Loudoun County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Shenandoah County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Warren County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Winchester City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in West Virginia

About Berkeley County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Berkeley County:

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 starts in Tomahawk. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Tomahawk) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tomahawk. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5304, Longitude: -78.0469     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tomahawk 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 Tomahawk, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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