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Our Genealogical Helper for Trainer ...

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 Trainer (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 Trainer. 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 Trainer ...

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 35 newspapers that have been published in the area around Trainer.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Trainer, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Trainer.

Cemeteries Near Trainer ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Trainer.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Watts Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beaver Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Mountain Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Messir Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NE Chestnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shinaberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McLaughlin Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NNW Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sively Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  SSW Hoke Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Warm Springs 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 Trainer in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Trainer.

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

Shanklin (VA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Shanklin was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Trainer
 - Shanklin had a post office and no railroad service
 
Callison (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Trainer
 - Callison had a post office and no railroad service
 
Mountain Grove (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Trainer
 - 1895 population of 43 people
 - Mountain Grove had a post office and no railroad service
 
Cowardin (VA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cowardin was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Trainer
 - Cowardin had a post office and no railroad service
 
Healing Springs (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Trainer
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Healing Springs had a post office and no railroad service
 
Huntersville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Trainer
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Huntersville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sue   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Trainer
 - Sue had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hot Springs (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Trainer
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Hot Springs had a post office and railroad service
 
Buckeye   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Trainer
 - 1895 population of 7 people
 - Buckeye had a post office and no railroad service
 
Mill Point   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Trainer
 - 1895 population of 119 people
 - Mill Point had a post office and no railroad service
 
Locust   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West (W) from Trainer
 - 1895 population of 8 people
 - Locust had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sunset - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sunset was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Trainer
 - Sunset 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 Trainer. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Trainer 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.

Trainer is located in Greenbrier County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Greenbrier County: Alleghany (VA), Bath (VA), Fayette, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Summers & Webster.

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

  DirectionDistance
Greenbrier     (The home county for Trainer)
      Falling Spring   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Anthony   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Frankford   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      White Sulphur Springs   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clendenenville   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Unus   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Lewisburg   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairlea   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ronceverte   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fort Spring   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Monroe
      Hollywood   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Nicholas
      Richwood   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Pocahontas
      Huntersville   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Buckeye   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Marlinton   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Thorny Creek   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Edray   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Cass   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Green Bank   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Durbin   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Frank   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Thornwood   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Randolph
      Mingo   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Webster
      Addison   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Alleghany (VA)
      Clifton Forge (VA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Selma (VA)   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Low Moor (VA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Iron Gate (VA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Augusta (VA)
      Craigsville (VA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Bath (VA)
      Carloover (VA)   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bolar (VA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Yost (VA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Botetourt (VA)
      Salisbury (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fincastle (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Buchanan (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Covington City (VA)
      Covington (VA)   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Craig (VA)
      New Castle (VA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Highland (VA)
      Monterey (VA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Lexington City (VA)
      Lexington (VA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Rockbridge (VA)
      Goshen (VA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer 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 Trainer:

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 Greenbrier County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pocahontas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Alleghany County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Augusta County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bath County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Botetourt County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Covington City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Craig County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Highland County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lexington City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Rockbridge County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Greenbrier County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Greenbrier 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 ...
      Virginia

Other Roadside Stops ...



Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Greenbrier County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Trainer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.0398, Longitude: -80.0317     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Trainer 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 Trainer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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