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Our Genealogy 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 an insight into their world.

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.

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 doctors and 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.

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

  DirDistance
Roane     (The home county for Vandalia)
  Flint Town   [Map]     W   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Spencer   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Reedy   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
 
Braxton
  Clem   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gassaway   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Exchange   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sutton   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Cabell
  Culloden   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Calhoun
  Arnoldsburg   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Orma   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Mudfork   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Grantsville   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Clay
  Valley Fork   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Clay   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Harrison   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Fayette
  Cannelton   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Smithers   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Gilmer
  Glenville   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sand Fork   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Truebada   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Jackson
  Kentuck   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Ripley   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Odaville   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Ravenswood   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Kanawha
  Sissonville   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Aarons   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Clendenin   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Elkview   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Pinch   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Airport Village   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cross Lanes   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Charleston   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Coal Fork   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Kanawha City   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Nitro   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Lincoln
  Alum Creek   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Mason
  Baden   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Arbuckle   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Leon   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  New Haven   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hartford City   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mason   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Upland   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Point Pleasant   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Nicholas
  Beech Glen   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Putnam
  Liberty   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Bancroft   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Raymond City   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Poca   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Eleanor   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Fraziers Bottom   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Scott Village   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Teays Valley   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Teays Village   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Ritchie
  Cantwell   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cairo   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Harrisville   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Pullman   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ellenboro   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wirt
  Peewee   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Burning Springs   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Elizabeth   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Greencastle   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Freeport   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Wood
  Slate   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mineral Acres   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Mineral Wells   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Kanawha   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lubeck   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Parkersburg   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Blennerhassett   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Washington   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  North Hills   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Parkers Towne   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Vienna   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Athens (OH)
  Coolville (OH)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Gallia (OH)
  Carlton (OH)   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cheshire (OH)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bladen (OH)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Meigs (OH)
  Bashan (OH)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Racine (OH)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Keno (OH)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Syracuse (OH)   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Middleport (OH)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Washington (OH)
  Belpre (OH)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Redbush (OH)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Vandalia, see our County-by-County Page 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 Google map will open 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 or 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 &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW McCoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Galahoe Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Weaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beckley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Chrislip Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Board Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Gandeeville Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Shadydale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Whited Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Swank Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Eventide Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Spencer Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Holbert Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW White Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Round Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McKown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Board Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Litton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harpold Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Woodfell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Parsons Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bower Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sheets Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Millerville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Camelite Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Litton Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Casto Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Godby Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Presley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Droddy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Summerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Clover Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Tanner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Craig Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Depue Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Callow Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Roach Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Board Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Fletcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Skeen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Presley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Larch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Canterbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rocky Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sergent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Keffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Summerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Kincaid Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Coe - Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Buck Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Triplett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Garder Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hooam Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Board Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Waybright Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Siniaville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Skeen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hatcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Kiser Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Counts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hackney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Deverick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hascue Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Eplin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McClung Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Board Cemetery   [Map]     

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 6 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 9 miles [14.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Vandalia.

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.

Zona   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Vandalia
 - Zona had a post office and no railroad service
 
Clarence   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Vandalia
 - Clarence had a post office and no railroad service
 
Reedyville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Vandalia
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Reedyville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Red Knob   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Vandalia
 - Red Knob had a post office and no railroad service
 
Flatfork   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Vandalia
 - Flatfork had a post office and no railroad service
 
Peniel   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Vandalia
 - Peniel had a post office and no railroad service
 
Countsville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Vandalia
 - Countsville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gandeeville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Vandalia
 - 1895 population of 93 people
 - Gandeeville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Speed   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Vandalia
 - Speed had a post office and no railroad service
 
Spencer   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Vandalia
 - 1895 population of 431 people (with 2,111 people in 2017)
 - Spencer 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 Vandalia. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Vandalia in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites of Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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    

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    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Cabell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Athens County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
 
Washington County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for Roane County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for 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
 
Also see Disaster Stories for ...
      Ohio

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in West Virginia

About Roane 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 State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things 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 we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.7595, Longitude: -81.4443     [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: 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 Vandalia, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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