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Volga, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Volga ...

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 Volga (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 Volga. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals 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.

Volga is located in Barbour County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Barbour County: Harrison, Preston, Randolph, Taylor, Tucker & Upshur.

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

Barbour     (The home county for Volga)
  Elk City   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Audra   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Union   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Wellington Heights   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Philippi   [Map]     NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Valley Bend   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Berryburg   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Adaland   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Belington   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Junior   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Burnsville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Heaters   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Flatwoods   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Exchange   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Smithburg   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  West Union   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sand Fork   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Truebada   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Glenville   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lost Creek   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Anmoore   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Stonewood   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bridgeport   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Nutter Fort   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  West Milford   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Despard   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Adamston   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Gore   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  O'Neill   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Shinnston   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Lumberport   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Garton Village   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Jane Lew   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Cox Town   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Smith Village   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Weston   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Valley Chapel   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Camden   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Hebron   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Whitehall   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pleasant Valley   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Monongah   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Helens Run   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Worthington   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fairmont   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Garden Village   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Barrackville   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rivesville   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pleasant View   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Grant Town   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Smithtown   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Arnettsville   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Brookhaven   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Granville   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Westover   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cassville   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Morgantown   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Osage   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Star City   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Durbin   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Frank   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Newburg   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Threefork Bridge   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rowlesburg   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Tunnelton   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Arthurdale   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Heathers Run   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Reedsville   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kingwood   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Masontown   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Albright   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Terra Alta   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tigheville   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Womelsdorf   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Montrose   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Leadsville   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Elkins   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Canfield   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Beverly   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Helvetia   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mill Creek   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Huttonsville   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Harman   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mingo   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Auburn   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Flemington   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Knottsville   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Fetterman   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Grafton   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Parsons   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hambleton   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hendricks   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Thomas   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Canaan Valley   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Davis   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gormley   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Buckhannon   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Excelsior   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Hoover Town   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Frenchton   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Wilsontown   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Goshen   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cleveland   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hacker Valley   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Smithfield   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bane   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Garrett (MD)
  Red House (MD)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Volga ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Volga.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S McDermott Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Redabaugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Audra Bethel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Rohrbough Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oldaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pitman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Oakington Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Buckhannon Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Nebo Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Lovett Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Booth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Quaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Heavner Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Holbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Silent Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oreslip Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Reger Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Barbour Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW New Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Upshur County Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Durrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Olive Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Taylor Drain Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Radcliffe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gnatty Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rockford Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Volga ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Volga.

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

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

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

Pecks Run   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Volga
 - 1895 population of 102 people
 - Pecks Run had a post office and no railroad service
Swamp Run   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Volga
 - 1895 population of 12 people
 - Swamp Run had a post office and no railroad service
Elk City   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Volga
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Elk City had a post office and no railroad service
Ruraldale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Volga
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Ruraldale had a post office and no railroad service
Buckhannon   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Volga
 - 1895 population of 1,403 people (with 5,529 people in 2017)
 - Buckhannon had a post office and railroad service
Overfield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Volga
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Overfield had a post office and no railroad service
Philippi   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Volga
 - 1895 population of 378 people (with 3,380 people in 2017)
 - Philippi had a post office and railroad service
Pepper   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Volga
 - Pepper had a post office and no railroad service
Overhill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Volga
 - Overhill 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 Volga. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Volga 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 Volga:

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 Barbour County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Gilmer 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    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pocahontas 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    
Ritchie 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    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Webster 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for Barbour County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for Barbour 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Barbour County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Volga. 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- Volga) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Volga. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0784, Longitude: -80.1354     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Volga 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 Volga, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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