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Our Genealogical Helper for Virgil ...

So far, we have found very little information about Virgil. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Virgil to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Virgil, please Contact Us.

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 Virgil (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 Virgil. 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.

Newspapers Published in Virgil ...

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 Virgil.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Virgil, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<2>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Virgil.

Cemeteries Near Virgil ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Virgil.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Shaver Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Curtis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sergent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Noel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Nida Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Ryan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Ritchea Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cromwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hubbard Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Abbott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holbert Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  S Barnhouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Payne Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Rocky Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Groves Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hershberger Cemetery   [Map]     
  E J Herbert Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Deverick Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Keffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Canterbury Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Shafer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Armstead Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Patton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Criner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kelley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nida Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hascue Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Summerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Droddy Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McCroskey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ashley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Carper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cook Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Vineyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Eplin Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Hively Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Staats Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Canterbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Casey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rolling Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Myers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Amma Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hershberger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Monroe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Summerfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Whited Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Round Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Keffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cummings Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Hindsman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shamlin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Looney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kincaid Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cox Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Larch Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Paxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Donahue Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Seabolt Cemetery   [Map]     
  S White Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Deverick Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Naylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gandeeville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Coe - Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Swank Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Pauley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sheets Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Chandler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Osborne Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Clendenin Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Koontz Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE King Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Newton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Helmic Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tariff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Clover Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Brannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gandee Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hayes Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Reamer Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Laurel Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chewning Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Price Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Haynes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Haynes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Fields Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Withrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McKown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Shadydale Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rhodes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Presley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Presley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hackney Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shafer 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.

While we didn't find Virgil in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Virgil.

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

Kester - Historic   [Map]
 - While Kester was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Virgil
 - Kester had a post office and no railroad service
Clio   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Virgil
 - Clio had a post office and no railroad service
Walton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Virgil
 - 1895 population of 127 people
 - Walton had a post office and no railroad service
Looneyville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Virgil
 - 1895 population of 41 people
 - Looneyville had a post office and no railroad service
Wellford   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Virgil
 - Wellford had a post office and no railroad service
Osbornes Mills   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Virgil
 - Osbornes Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Amma   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Virgil
 - Amma had a post office and no railroad service
Roxalana   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Virgil
 - Roxalana had a post office and no railroad service

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

Although our information shows that the community of Virgil is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Virgil. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Virgil:

Roane     (The home county for Virgil)
      Cicerone   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eden   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Racine   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sharlow   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Joes Creek   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Johns   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clem   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Orma   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Clay   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Coal Fork   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Malden   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Dupont City   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sod   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Baden   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Leon   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Upland   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Poca   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Slate   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Virgil:

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 Roane County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

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

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Roane County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of 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
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<1>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 Virgil, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance that starts in Virgil. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Virgil) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Virgil. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6140, Longitude: -81.3407     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Virgil have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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