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Our Genealogy Helper for Viola ...

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 Viola (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 Viola. 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

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

  DirDistance
Marion     (The home county for Viola)
  Rivesville   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Pleasant View   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Fairmont   [Map]     SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Barrackville   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Garden Village   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Pleasant Valley   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Grant Town   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Monongah   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Whitehall   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Helens Run   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
 
Barbour
  Adaland   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Berryburg   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Elk City   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Philippi   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wellington Heights   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Union   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Valley Bend   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Audra   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Belington   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Junior   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Doddridge
  Smithburg   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  West Union   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Harrison
  Enterprise   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Shinnston   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bridgeport   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Lumberport   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Despard   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Gore   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Adamston   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Anmoore   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Nutter Fort   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Stonewood   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  O'Neill   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Lewis
  Jane Lew   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Valley Chapel   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Smith Village   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Weston   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Garton Village   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cox Town   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Camden   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Marshall
  Cameron   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Adaline   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Knoxville   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Monongalia
  Smithtown   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Arnettsville   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Cassville   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Granville   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Morgantown   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Osage   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Star City   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Westover   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Brookhaven   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Baker Ridge   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Canyon   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Blacksville   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
 
Preston
  Threefork Bridge   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Arthurdale   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Reedsville   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Newburg   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Masontown   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Tunnelton   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Heathers Run   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Kingwood   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Albright   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rowlesburg   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bruceton Mills   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Brandonville   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Randolph
  Montrose   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Tigheville   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Taylor
  Fetterman   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Knottsville   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Flemington   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Tucker
  Parsons   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hambleton   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hendricks   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Thomas   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Tyler
  Atwood   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Upshur
  Buckhannon   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gormley   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Wetzel
  Hundred   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Smithfield   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Littleton   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bane   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Uniontown   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Barker   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Pine Grove   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bebee   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Garrett (MD)
  Oakland (MD)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Red House (MD)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Friendsville (MD)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  McHenry (MD)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Fayette (PA)
  Fairchance (PA)   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Point Marion (PA)   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Masontown (PA)   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Highhouse (PA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Puritan (PA)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Isabella (PA)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  New Salem (PA)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hopwood (PA)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dunlap Creek Village (PA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Republic (PA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Uniontown (PA)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Greene (PA)
  Greensboro (PA)   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Fairdale (PA)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Morrisville (PA)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Stringtown (PA)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Jefferson (PA)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rices Landing (PA)   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Clarksville (PA)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Swarts (PA)   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Washington (PA)
  Fredericktown-Millsboro (PA)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Marianna (PA)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Beallsville (PA)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Deemston (PA)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Centerville (PA)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  West Brownsville (PA)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Daisytown (PA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  California (PA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Coal Center (PA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Scenery Hill (PA)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Viola ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Viola.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Prickett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Meadowdale Wesleyan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pitcher Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fairmont City Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Maple Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Snoderly Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ministers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hawkinberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Barrackville Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Memorial Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hayhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Arnettsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barb Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bunners Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hoodsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Freeland Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Shavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Linns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gilboa Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Davis Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cochran Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hagans Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McCurdysville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Robe Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Claremont Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Nixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Linn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hope Halleck United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McBee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dents Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brand Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tennant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Janes Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Eddy Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Amnon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Moran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE McConkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Beverly Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lough - Teagarden - Cordray Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bennefield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Barrickman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sunny View Acres Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Parrish Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Nay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE East Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Lawnwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tennant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Brewster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ammons Cemetery   [Map]     
  W View Point Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Viola ...

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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Viola.

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

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

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

Mount Harmony   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East (E) from Viola
 - Mount Harmony had a post office and no railroad service
 
Catawba   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Viola
 - Catawba had a post office and railroad service
 
Rivesville   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northwest (NW) from Viola
 - 1895 population of 165 people (with 917 people in 2017)
 - Rivesville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hoult   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West (W) from Viola
 - Hoult had a post office and railroad service
 
Canton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Viola
 - Canton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Barrackville   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Viola
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 1,299 people in 2017)
 - Barrackville had a post office and railroad service
 
Fairmont   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Viola
 - 1895 population of 1,023 people (with 18,467 people in 2017)
 - Fairmont had a post office and railroad service
 
Palatine   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Viola
 - 1895 population of 860 people
 - Palatine had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gaston Junction   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Viola
 - Gaston Junction had railroad service and no post office
 
Forksburg   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Viola
 - Forksburg had a post office and no railroad service
 
Opekiska   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Viola
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Opekiska had a post office and railroad service
 
Watson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Viola
 - Watson 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 Viola. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Viola in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from 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 it should be mentioned 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 Viola:

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 Marion County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Doddridge County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Harrison County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Lewis County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Marshall County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Monongalia County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Preston County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Randolph County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Taylor County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Tucker County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Tyler County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Upshur County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wetzel County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Garrett County (MD):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Fayette County (PA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Greene County (PA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Washington County (PA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

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

The official website for Marion County: www.marioncountywv.com/

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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Viola) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Viola. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.5131, Longitude: -80.1006     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Viola 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 Viola, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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