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Our Genealogical Helper for Twin Branch ...

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 Twin Branch (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 Twin Branch. 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 Twin Branch ...

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 Twin Branch.

  • Typical abbreviation for Twin Branch: Twin Br. (or less commonly used: Twin Brnch.)

Newspapers Published in Twin Branch ...

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 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Twin Branch.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Twin Branch, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Twin Branch.

Cemeteries Near Twin Branch ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Twin Branch.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Iaeger Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Bowles Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Blevins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Robert Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Lockhart Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Atwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Riffe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Deskins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Belcher Mountain Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Belcher Mountain Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lester Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rockhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Steele Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lomax Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Robert 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 Twin Branch in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Twin Branch.

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

Baileysville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Twin Branch
 - Baileysville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lincoln   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Twin Branch
 - Lincoln had a post office and no railroad service
 
Iaeger   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Twin Branch
 - 1895 population of 51 people (with 255 people in 2017)
 - Iaeger had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hanover   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Twin Branch
 - Hanover had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sun Hill   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Twin Branch
 - Sun Hill had a post office and no railroad service
 
Pineville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Twin Branch
 - 1895 population of 53 people (with 599 people in 2017)
 - Pineville had a post office and no railroad service
 
North Spring   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Twin Branch
 - 1895 population of 129 people
 - North Spring had a post office and no railroad service
 
Bradshaw   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Twin Branch
 - Bradshaw 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 Twin Branch. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Twin Branch 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.

Twin Branch is located in McDowell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of McDowell County: Buchanan (VA), Tazewell (VA), Mercer, Mingo & Wyoming.

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

  DirectionDistance
McDowell     (The home county for Twin Branch)
      Davy   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Big Sandy   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Welch   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Union City   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Iaeger   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gary   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      War   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Bradshaw   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Northfork   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wyoming City   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Anawalt   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
 
Boone
      Rocklick   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bald Knob   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Barrett   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pondco   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bim   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lindytown - Historic   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Stark   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Twilight   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bandytown   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cazy   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Kohlsaat   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bob White   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Fayette
      Pax   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Kanawha
      Acme   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Logan
      Mallory   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Man   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Omar   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Logan   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Holden   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Troy Town   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Mercer
      Coopers   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bramwell   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Montcalm   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bluefield   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Edison   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Johnston Town   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oakvale   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Mingo
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wharncliffe   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pie   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Musick   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Red Jacket   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blackberry City   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Matewan   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Delbarton   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Williamson   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chattaroy   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Raleigh
      Rhodell   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Helen   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Eastgulf   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sophia   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Harper   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Summers
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Wyoming
      Baileysville   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Uno   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bud   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Pike (KY)
      Majestic (KY)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Stopover (KY)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Freeburn (KY)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Phelps (KY)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McCarr (KY)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ransom (KY)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fedscreek (KY)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      McVeigh (KY)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mouthcard (KY)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hardy (KY)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McAndrews (KY)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pinsonfork (KY)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stone (KY)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Buchanan (VA)
      Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Kelsa (VA)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Janey (VA)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Grundy (VA)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Royal City (VA)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vansant (VA)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
 
Dickenson (VA)
      Haysi (VA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Russell (VA)
      Dye (VA)   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Russell (VA)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Honaker (VA)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Smyth (VA)
      Allison Gap (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cardwell Town (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Tazewell (VA)
      Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Boissevain (VA)   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tazewell (VA)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Richlands (VA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bluefield (VA)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Raven (VA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Little Town (VA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

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 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 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 Twin Branch:

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 McDowell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Buchanan County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dickenson County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Smyth County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of McDowell 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 McDowell 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 ...
      Kentucky
      Virginia

Other Roadside Stops ...



Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About McDowell County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Twin Branch. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4748, Longitude: -81.6684     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Twin Branch 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: findagrave.com.

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

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