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Our Genealogical Helper for Vandalia ...

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 Vandalia (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 Vandalia. 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 Vandalia ...

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 112 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vandalia.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Vandalia, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Vandalia.

Cemeteries Near Vandalia ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vandalia.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Matthews Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Swannor Watts Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW French Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Newhouse Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Casdorph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Martin / Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bess Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Thurston Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hunt - Donnally Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Layne Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grandview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hanson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brick Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Childress Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Prouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lacy Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rocky Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Thaxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sam Derrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Younger Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lucas Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shorts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Burdette - Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Monk Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Altz Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bangor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Floral Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McClanahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cline Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sinclair Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cavender Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burdette Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cunningham Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Forks of Coal Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSE Hawks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Marmet Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Patterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hunter Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hunter Cemetery 2   [Map]     
  ENE Rock Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hanes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W College Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hoffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rummell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Given Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fisher Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Teays Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sutherland - White Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Henley 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 Vandalia in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Vandalia.

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

Charleston   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from Vandalia
 - 1895 population of 6,742 people (with 47,929 people in 2017)
 - Charleston had a post office and railroad service
Davis Creek   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Vandalia
 - Davis Creek had railroad service and no post office
South Ruffner   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Vandalia
 - South Ruffner had railroad service and no post office
Mound - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mound was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Vandalia
 - Mound had a post office and railroad service
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Vandalia
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Kanawha City   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Vandalia
 - Kanawha City had a post office and railroad service
Malden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Vandalia
 - 1895 population of 355 people
 - Malden had a post office and railroad service
Rocky Fork   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vandalia
 - Rocky Fork 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 Vandalia. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Vandalia 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.

Vandalia 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 Vandalia. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Vandalia:

Kanawha     (The home county for Vandalia)
      Charleston   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      South Charleston   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Malden   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dupont City   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Saint Albans   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Marmet   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Easly   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Johns   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nellis   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Peytona   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Racine   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Orma   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clay   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pax   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Sod   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harts   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Banco   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Logan   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Leon   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Baden   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Poca   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 websites either 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 Vandalia:

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    
Calhoun 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 ...

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About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vandalia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3565, Longitude: -81.6640     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vandalia 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 Vandalia, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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