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Our Genealogical Helper for Wanless ...

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 Wanless (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 Wanless. 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 Wanless ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wanless.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wanless, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wanless.

Cemeteries Near Wanless ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wanless.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Wanless Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Arbovale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Baxter Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Buzzard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Buzzard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dilly Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lindsay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bussard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Shinaberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ware Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Varner Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gragg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Mark Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Goodsell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Keller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Mt. Hobart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Yeager Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hauchen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Simmons 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 Wanless in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wanless.

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

Green Bank   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wanless
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Green Bank had a post office and no railroad service
Dunmore   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Wanless
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Dunmore had a post office and no railroad service
Clover Lick   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wanless
 - 1895 population of 9 people
 - Clover Lick had a post office and no railroad service
Valley Head   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wanless
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Valley Head had a post office and no railroad service
Frost   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Wanless
 - 1895 population of 41 people
 - Frost had a post office and no railroad service
Dilleys Mill   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wanless
 - 1895 population of 8 people
 - Dilleys Mill had a post office and no railroad service
Buckeye (VA) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Buckeye was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Wanless
 - Buckeye had a post office and no railroad service
Mill Gap (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Wanless
 - 1895 population of 8 people
 - Mill Gap had a post office and no railroad service
Meadowdale (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wanless
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Meadowdale had a post office and no railroad service
Monterville   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wanless
 - Monterville had a post office and no railroad service
Blue Spring   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Wanless
 - Blue Spring had a post office and no railroad service
Elkwater   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wanless
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Elkwater 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 Wanless. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wanless 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Wanless is located in Pocahontas County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Pocahontas County: Bath (VA), Highland (VA), Greenbrier, Pendleton, Randolph & Webster.

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

Pocahontas     (The home county for Wanless)
      Cass   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Green Bank   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Durbin   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Frank   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Slaty Fork   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Thornwood   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Thorny Creek   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Edray   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Marlinton   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Huntersville   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Buckeye   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hillsboro   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Junior   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Belington   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Falling Spring   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Harper   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Circleville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Onego   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mingo   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Harman   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Addison   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Augusta (VA)
      Craigsville (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Bath (VA)
      Bolar (VA)   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Yost (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Carloover (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
Highland (VA)
      Monterey (VA)   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
Rockbridge (VA)
      Goshen (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 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 Wanless:

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 Pocahontas County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pendleton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Augusta County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bath County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Highland County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Rockbridge County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in West Virginia

About Pocahontas County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Wanless. 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 'point-to-point' distance from Wanless. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Wanless) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wanless. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4373, Longitude: -79.9070     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wanless 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 Wanless, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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