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Tristan, West Virginia

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Our Genealogical Helper for Tristan ...

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 Tristan (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 Tristan. 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 Tristan ...

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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Tristan.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Tristan, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Tristan.

Cemeteries Near Tristan ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Tristan.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Starcher Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Dry Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Triplett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stalman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wayne Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hays Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Husk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Slider Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Coon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Starcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bower Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bee Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW McKown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wayne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Arnoldsburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hur Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Craig Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Brannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Clover Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSW Coe - Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Greathouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mace Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Depue Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Millerville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Kincaid Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Chewning Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fink Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Orma Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Knotts Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sturm Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Barr Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Bryners Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Spencer Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Eventide Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tariff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Minnora Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Booher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Villers Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Hooam Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Swank Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Summerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Monroe Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hershberger Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Conley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Roling Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Snyder Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fox Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Round Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Depue Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Eplin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Helmic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Clark Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mollohan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bailey - Siers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Chenowith - Reip Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Zeke Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Betts Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bigbend Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Maze Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McCrae 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 Tristan in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Tristan.

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

Pink   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Tristan
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Pink had a post office and no railroad service
Rocksdale   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Tristan
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Rocksdale had a post office and no railroad service
Beech   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Tristan
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Beech had a post office and no railroad service
Altizer   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Tristan
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Altizer had a post office and no railroad service
Triplett   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Tristan
 - Triplett had a post office and no railroad service
Richardson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Tristan
 - Richardson had a post office and no railroad service
Schilling   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Tristan
 - Schilling had a post office and no railroad service
Linden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Tristan
 - 1895 population of 151 people
 - Linden had a post office and no railroad service
Arnoldsburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Tristan
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Arnoldsburg had a post office and no railroad service
Hur   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Tristan
 - Hur had a post office and no railroad service
Walnut Grove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Tristan
 - Walnut Grove 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 Tristan. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Tristan 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 hospitals 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.

Tristan is located in Roane County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Roane County: Calhoun, Clay, Jackson, Kanawha & Wirt.

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

Roane     (The home county for Tristan)
      Spencer   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Orma   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clay   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Malden   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baden   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Leon   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Poca   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Slate   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Washington   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Washington (OH)
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Tristan:

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 Roane County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer 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    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington 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 Roane County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Roane 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 ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Roane County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tristan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8026, Longitude: -81.2271     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tristan 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 Tristan, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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