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Our Genealogical Helper for Upper Falls ...

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 Upper Falls (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 Upper Falls. 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 Upper Falls ...

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 102 newspapers that have been published in the area around Upper Falls.

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

Cemeteries Near Upper Falls ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Upper Falls.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sutherland - White Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cunningham Memorial Park   [Map]     
  N College Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Teays Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bangor Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Hazlette Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Forks of Coal Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Childress Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Grandview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Sanson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Owen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pate Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Thurston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bess Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Brick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Burdette Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Martin / Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Nelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Midkiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pauley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holstein Cemetery   [Map]     
  E French Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Casdorph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rocky Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Griffith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Griffith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McClure Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pauley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW J L Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Matthews Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sam Derrick 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 Upper Falls in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Upper Falls.

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

Saint Albans   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Upper Falls
 - 1895 population of 1,375 people (with 100 people in 2017)
 - Saint Albans had a post office and railroad service
Sattes   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Upper Falls
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Sattes had a post office and railroad service
Garretts Bend   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Upper Falls
 - Garretts Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Upper Falls
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Scary   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Upper Falls
 - Scary had a post office and railroad service
Davis Creek   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Upper Falls
 - Davis Creek had railroad service and no post office
Mound - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mound was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Upper Falls
 - Mound had a post office and railroad service
Poca   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Upper Falls
 - 1895 population of 284 people (with 987 people in 2017)
 - Poca had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Upper Falls. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Upper Falls 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 south 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.

Upper Falls is located in Kanawha County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kanawha County: Boone, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Lincoln, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh & Roane.

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

Kanawha     (The home county for Upper Falls)
      Tornado   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Saint Albans   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Dupont City   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Horse Creek Junction   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Julian   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dodson Junction   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lory   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Easly   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Sod   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Harts   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Banco   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Logan   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Troy Town   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holden   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Leon   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Baden   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Poca   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Buffalo Creek   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Wilsondale   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ceredo   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kenova   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burlington (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Andis (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      South Point (OH)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 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 Upper Falls:

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 Kanawha County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cabell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence 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 Kanawha County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Kanawha 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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Kanawha County:

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Upper Falls. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3429, Longitude: -81.8443     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Upper Falls 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 Upper Falls, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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