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Our Genealogical Helper for Vernon Heights ...

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 Vernon Heights (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 Vernon Heights. 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.

Name Variations for Vernon Heights ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Vernon Heights.

  • Typical abbreviation for Vernon Heights: Vernon Hts. (in Canada, 'Hgts.' is the more common abbreviation.)

Newspapers Published in Vernon Heights ...

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 58 newspapers that have been published in the area around Vernon Heights.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Vernon Heights, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Vernon Heights.

Cemeteries Near Vernon Heights ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Vernon Heights.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Linns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Memorial Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shavers Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Claremont Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cochran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Nixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Fairmont City Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Snoderly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Barrackville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Davis Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Nay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Adamsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Janes Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Wamsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McIntyre Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Meadowdale Wesleyan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pitcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hawkinberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Parrish Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Gilboa Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Freeland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Prickett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sunny View Acres Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Pine Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hayhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ministers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barrickman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW View Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Crim Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jett Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Michael D Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Wyatt Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Shinns Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bunners Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hoodsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Barb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Reese Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blackshere Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Middleville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bennefield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE West Virginia National Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Woodsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Toothman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Arnettsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Meyers Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tennant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beaty Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Whetstone Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Grim 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 Vernon Heights in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Vernon Heights.

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

Bentons Ferry   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southeast (SE) from Vernon Heights
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Bentons Ferry had a post office and railroad service
Watson   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Vernon Heights
 - Watson had a post office and railroad service
Monongah   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Vernon Heights
 - Monongah had a post office and railroad service
Eldora   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Vernon Heights
 - Eldora had a post office and no railroad service
Gaston Junction   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Vernon Heights
 - Gaston Junction had railroad service and no post office
Fairmont   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Vernon Heights
 - 1895 population of 1,023 people (with 18,467 people in 2017)
 - Fairmont had a post office and railroad service
Thoburn   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Vernon Heights
 - Thoburn had a post office and no railroad service
Colfax   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Vernon Heights
 - Colfax 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 Vernon Heights. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Vernon Heights 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 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 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.

Vernon Heights is located in Marion County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Marion County: Harrison, Monongalia, Taylor & Wetzel.

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

Marion     (The home county for Vernon Heights)
      Monongah   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Audra   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Belington   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Junior   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Despard   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Gore   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Knoxville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Albright   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bane   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Barker   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Puritan (PA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Highhouse (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Isabella (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Salem (PA)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hopwood (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Republic (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Luzerne (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dunlap Creek Village (PA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Morrisville (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Fairdale (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Jefferson (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Swarts (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rices Landing (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Clarksville (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Washington (PA)
      Fredericktown-Millsboro (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Marianna (PA)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beallsville (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Deemston (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 Vernon Heights:

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 Marion County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tucker 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    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Vernon Heights. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Vernon Heights) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Vernon Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4545, Longitude: -80.1851     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Vernon Heights 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 Vernon Heights, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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