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Our Genealogical Helper for War ...

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 War (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 War. 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 the area of War ...

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 War.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of War. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of War and those printed in the larger area surrounding War.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> of War.

Cemeteries Near War ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of War.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Lomax Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Altizer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Altizer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hartwell - Berwind Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Puckett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rose Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hagerman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Deskins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Atwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Riffe Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blevins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Roe Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Kaiser Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW White Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Buckeye Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blankenship Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blankenship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Company Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Vance Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Iaeger Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Keen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Keen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Keen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Keen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Horne Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Horne Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Horne Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Horne Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stacy Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bowles Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Compton 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.<2>

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

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

Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from War
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bearwallow had a post office and no railroad service
Bradshaw   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from War
 - Bradshaw had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Hill (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from War
 - Pleasant Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Sayersville (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from War
 - 1895 population of 11 people
 - Sayersville had a post office and no railroad service
Harman (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from War
 - Harman had a post office and no railroad service
Shraders (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from War
 - 1895 population of 8 people
 - Shraders had a post office and no railroad service
Gap Store (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from War
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Gap Store had a post office and no railroad service
Iaeger   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from War
 - 1895 population of 51 people (with 255 people in 2017)
 - Iaeger 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 War. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring War 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

War is located in McDowell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of McDowell County: Buchanan (VA), Tazewell (VA), Mercer, Mingo & Wyoming.

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

McDowell     (The home county for War)
      Bradshaw   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Gary   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Thorpe   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Welch   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Union City   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Davy   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Iaeger   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Anawalt   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Elkhorn   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Rocklick   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Bald Knob   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Barrett   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Man   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Omar   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Coopers   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bramwell   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Montcalm   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bluefield   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Edison   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Johnston Town   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Athens   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Oakvale   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baisden   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Wharncliffe   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Pie   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Musick   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Blackberry City   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Matewan   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Red Jacket   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Delbarton   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rhodell   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Eastgulf   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Helen   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lester   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sophia   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tolleys   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tilden   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Uno   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bud   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
Pike (KY)
      Stopover (KY)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Majestic (KY)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Phelps (KY)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Freeburn (KY)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Fedscreek (KY)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mouthcard (KY)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ransom (KY)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      McCarr (KY)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Lick Creek (KY)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McVeigh (KY)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pinsonfork (KY)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elkhorn City (KY)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Buchanan (VA)
      Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Janey (VA)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Kelsa (VA)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Grundy (VA)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Royal City (VA)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Vansant (VA)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
Dickenson (VA)
      Haysi (VA)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clinchco (VA)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Russell (VA)
      Dye (VA)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Russell (VA)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Honaker (VA)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lebanon (VA)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Spring City (VA)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Cleveland (VA)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Smyth (VA)
      Allison Gap (VA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cardwell Town (VA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Saltville (VA)   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Marion (VA)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Atkins (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Chilhowie (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Adwolf (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sugar Grove (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Tazewell (VA)
      Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Tazewell (VA)   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Richlands (VA)   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Boissevain (VA)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Raven (VA)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Bluefield (VA)   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Little Town (VA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
Washington (VA)
      Fleet (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Glade Spring (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lowland (VA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Wythe (VA)
      Rural Retreat (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Wytheville (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - 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 War:

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 McDowell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Buchanan County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dickenson County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Smyth County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wythe County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for War. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from War

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in War. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3045, Longitude: -81.6804     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for War have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 War, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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