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Our Genealogical Helper for Vadis ...

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 Vadis (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 Vadis. 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 Vadis ...

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 36 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vadis.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Vadis, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Vadis.

Cemeteries Near Vadis ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vadis.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Carder Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Woofter Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Farnsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rock Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rock Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Halderman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hurst Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Troy - IOOF Cemetery<2>   [Map]     
  NW Big Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Pt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Field Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Earnest Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Keister Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Messenger Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Messenger Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Keith Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Clara Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lowther Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brannon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Alice Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Boilon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Bernard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Woofter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Conrad Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McHenry Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Redemption Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Harrison Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Auburn Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Horn Creek Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Otterbein Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  SSW Sand Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Snyder Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Canfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tumbling Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Coldwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Indian Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Leason Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Stalnaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Whitting Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Conrad Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Middle Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Waldeck Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Freeman 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.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Vadis had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Alum Bridge   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Vadis
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Alum Bridge had a post office and no railroad service
Troy   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Vadis
 - 1895 population of 103 people
 - Troy had a post office and no railroad service
Conings   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Vadis
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Conings had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Clara   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Vadis
 - 1895 population of 90 people
 - Saint Clara had a post office and no railroad service
Alice   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Vadis
 - Alice had a post office and no railroad service
Leopold   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vadis
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Leopold had a post office and no railroad service
Coxs Mills   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Vadis
 - Coxs Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Ellis   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Vadis
 - Ellis 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 Vadis. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Vadis 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Vadis is located in Lewis County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lewis County: Braxton, Doddridge, Gilmer, Harrison, Upshur & Webster.

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

Lewis     (The home county for Vadis)
      Camden   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Weston   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Audra   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Union   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Junior   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clem   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Orma   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      West Union   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gore   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Despard   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bane   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Barker   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slate   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (OH)
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 - you should note 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 Vadis:

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 Lewis County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       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 Lewis County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Lewis 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Vadis ...

While our initial data for Vadis came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Vadis in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Vadis.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Vadis:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Vadis.
      See our Misc Page for Vadis for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Lewis County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vadis. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0423, Longitude: -80.7023     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vadis have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>UMC is an abbreviation for the United Methodist Church

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<3>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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<4>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 Vadis, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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