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Vanville, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Vanville ...

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 Vanville (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 Vanville. 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 hospitals and 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.

Vanville is located in Berkeley County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Berkeley County: Washington (MD), Frederick (VA), Jefferson & Morgan.

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

Berkeley     (The home county for Vanville)
  Inwood   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Baker Heights   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Arden   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Martinsburg   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Bunker Hill   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Bedington   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Scrabble   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hedgesville   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Falling Waters   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Capon Bridge   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Slanesville   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Augusta   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Three Churches   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ritters   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wardensville   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bardane   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Jefferson Village   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Charles Town   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Ranson   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Shepherdstown   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Bolivar   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bloomery   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Harpers Ferry   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lower Town   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Kabletown   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bath   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Berryville   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Paw Paw   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
Allegany (MD)
  Little Orleans (MD)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Keifers (MD)   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Oldtown (MD)   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Flintstone (MD)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Frederick (MD)
  Knoxville (MD)   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Burkittsville (MD)   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Brunswick (MD)   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rosemont (MD)   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Boss Arnold Village (MD)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Jefferson (MD)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Myersville (MD)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Middletown (MD)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Point-of-Rocks (MD)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Potomac Village (MD)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Adamstown Village (MD)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Braddock Heights (MD)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
Montgomery (MD)
  Dickerson (MD)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Barnesville (MD)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Beallsville (MD)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Poolesville (MD)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Boyds (MD)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clarksburg (MD)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Germantown (MD)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (MD)
  Sharpsburg (MD)   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Eakles Mills (MD)   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Big Pool (MD)   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Fairplay (MD)   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Keedysville (MD)   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Brownsville (MD)   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rohrersville (MD)   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Breathedsville (MD)   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Saint James (MD)   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Williamsport (MD)   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Clear Spring (MD)   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Boonsboro (MD)   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
Adams (PA)
  Carroll Valley (PA)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bedford (PA)
  Purcell (PA)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
Franklin (PA)
  Mercersburg (PA)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Greencastle (PA)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Waynecastle (PA)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wayne Heights (PA)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Waynesboro (PA)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pen Mar (PA)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rouzerville (PA)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Beartown (PA)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cashtown (PA)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Blue Ridge Summit (PA)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Marion (PA)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Monterey (PA)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Fulton (PA)
  Websters Mill (PA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  McConnellsburg (PA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Clarke (VA)
  Gaylord (VA)   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Berryville (VA)   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Boyce (VA)   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Frogtown (VA)   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Waterloo (VA)   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Berrys (VA)   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  White Post (VA)   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
Fauquier (VA)
  Markham (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Petersburg (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Zulla (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Belvoir (VA) - Historic   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Marshall (VA)   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  The Plains (VA)   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Frederick (VA)
  White Hall (VA)   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Welltown (VA)   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Echo Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Stephens City (VA)   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Middletown (VA)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Loudoun (VA)
  Hillsboro (VA)   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Lovettsville (VA)   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bolington (VA)   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Round Hill (VA)   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Purcellville (VA)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hamilton (VA)   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  White Pump (VA)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lucketts (VA)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Leesburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Middleburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Belmont (VA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lansdowne (VA)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Prince William (VA)
  Waterfall Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Shenandoah (VA)
  Strasburg (VA)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Toms Brook (VA)   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Warren (VA)
  Reliance (VA)   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Riverton (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Front Royal (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Royal Village (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Viscose City (VA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
Winchester City (VA)
  Winchester (VA)   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Vanville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vanville.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Douglas Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Darkesville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE James M Van Metre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pleasant View Memory Gardens   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Norborne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Arden United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Providence Quaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Morgan Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tuscarora Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Johnsontown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kearneysville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Vancleveville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Stone Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hebrew Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Norbourne Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old German Lutheran Reformed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pitzers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mountain Side Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Washington Burial Ground   [Map]     
  NE Smoketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rosedale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gerrardstown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Paynes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Prospect Hall - Edwards - Hunsicker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Buck Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Butler Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Elk Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sprinkle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Brucetown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jabbers Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jamestown Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Edge Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Uvilla Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Buckles - Reverend Black Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Shepherds Graveyard   [Map]     
  ENE Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jones Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Central Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ganotown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Stones Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tomahawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Reformed Graveyard   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Wesley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Light Cemetery #1   [Map]     
  NW Riner Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Vanville ...

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 52 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vanville.

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

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

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

Darkesville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Vanville
 - 1895 population of 288 people
 - Darkesville had a post office and railroad service
Inwood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Vanville
 - Inwood had a post office and railroad service
Leetown   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Vanville
 - 1895 population of 125 people
 - Leetown had a post office and no railroad service
Bunker Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Vanville
 - 1895 population of 98 people
 - Bunker Hill had a post office and railroad service
Middleway   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Vanville
 - 1895 population of 372 people
 - Middleway had a post office and no railroad service
Kearneysville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Vanville
 - Kearneysville had a post office and no railroad service
Martinsburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Vanville
 - 1895 population of 7,226 people (with 17,404 people in 2017)
 - Martinsburg had a post office and railroad service
Aldridge   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Vanville
 - Aldridge had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Vanville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Vanville in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - 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 Vanville:

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 Berkeley County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Hampshire County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hardy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Allegany County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Frederick County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Adams County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bedford County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Franklin County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fulton County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clarke County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fauquier County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Frederick County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Loudoun County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Prince William County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shenandoah County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Warren County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Winchester City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Berkeley 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. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Vanville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vanville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3798, Longitude: -77.9797     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vanville 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 Vanville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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