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Vanetta, West Virginia

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The location of Vanetta

Our Genealogy Helper for Vanetta ...

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 Vanetta (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 Vanetta. 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 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.

Vanetta is located in Fayette County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Fayette County: Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers.

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

Fayette     (The home county for Vanetta)
  Gauley Bridge   [Map]     SW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Ansted   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Beckwith   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Cannelton   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Smithers   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Powellton   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Fayetteville   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  McDunn   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Oak Hill   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Concho   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Joes Creek   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Elk Run Junction   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Janie   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Keith   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sylvester   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Whitesville   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Coopertown   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Orgas   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Comfort   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Eden   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Fosterville   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Kirbyton   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Seth   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Clem   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mudfork   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Orma   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hartland   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Clay   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Valley Fork   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Harrison   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Crichton   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Orient Hill   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Quinwood   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hines   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  McRoss   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rainelle   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rupert   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Vale   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Kentuck   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Handley   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Hollygrove   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Pratt   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Glasgow   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  East Bank   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Eskdale   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Carbon   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cabin Creek   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Acme   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Chesapeake   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Belle   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Winifrede   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Alum Creek   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sod   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Beech Glen   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Summersville   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Muddlety   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Odell Town   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Tolbert   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Beaver   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Craigsville   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Richwood   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Poca   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Raymond City   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bradley   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Piney View   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Prosperity   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Royal - Historic   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Packsville   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Stanaford   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Harper   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Beckley   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Old Mill Village   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Clifftop   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fairdale   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mabscott   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cicerone   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Jumping Branch   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hinton   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bellepoint   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cowen   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Erbacon   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Upperglade   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Vanetta ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vanetta.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Abbott - Huddleston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rich Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Blake Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Robson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Westlake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Abbot Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sugar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Ida Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE John Nugen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Restlawn Memory Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Page Tabernackle Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Huse Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Goodwin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Montgomery Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Neil Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Proctor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blakley Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Vanetta ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vanetta.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Vanetta, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Vanetta.

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 Vanetta in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Vanetta.

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

Gauley   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South Southeast (SSE) from Vanetta
 - Gauley had railroad service and no post office
Kanawha Falls   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Vanetta
 - 1895 population of 282 people
 - Kanawha Falls had a post office and railroad service
Belva   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Vanetta
 - Belva had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Carbon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Vanetta
 - 1895 population of 3,432 people
 - Mount Carbon had a post office and railroad service
Deep Water   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Vanetta
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Deep Water had a post office and no railroad service
Beckwith   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Vanetta
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Beckwith had a post office and no railroad service
Cotton Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Vanetta
 - 1895 population of 24 people
 - Cotton Hill had a post office and railroad service
Hawks Nest   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Vanetta
 - 1895 population of 210 people
 - Hawks Nest had a post office and railroad service
Ansted   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Vanetta
 - Ansted had a post office and no railroad service
Dixie   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Vanetta
 - Dixie had a post office and no railroad service
Eagle   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Vanetta
 - Eagle 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 Vanetta. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Vanetta in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites of Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - 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 Vanetta:

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 Fayette County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Braxton 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    
Greenbrier 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    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for Fayette County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for Fayette 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in West Virginia

About Fayette County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vanetta. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.1754, Longitude: -81.1937     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vanetta 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 Vanetta, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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