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Our Genealogical Helper for West Columbia ...

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 West Columbia (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 West Columbia. 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.

Name Variations for West Columbia ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with West Columbia.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Columbia: W. Columbia

Newspapers Published in the area of West Columbia ...

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 77 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Columbia.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

Cemeteries Near West Columbia ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of West Columbia.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E West Columbia Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clifton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Riverview Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Middleport Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Kirkland Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  ESE Zirkle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Odd Fellows Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shuler Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Rife Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Roush Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Adamsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW McCarty Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Zuspan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Minersville Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Austin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hiland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Higley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kyger Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Roush Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Infirmary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rickard Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Upper Flats - White Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hoffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Syracuse Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rock Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Lemley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rothgeb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ball Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Peter Fry Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Yonker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Broad Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gilmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Miles Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Poplar Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Van Zant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Halfhill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Campaign Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rife Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lone Oak Cemetery 1   [Map]     
  SSW Lone Oak Cemetery 2   [Map]     
  S Hoschar Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Longdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bunker Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Horner Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fulton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Maddy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Letart Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Plants Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Herman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gomer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Coy Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Pioneer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Greer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shipman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Letart Falls Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McKenzie Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Sutton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N White Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Eastman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hemlock Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Carlton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Folden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McCaskey Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Vance Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morgan Center 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that West Columbia had a population of 250 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service.

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

Clifton   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from West Columbia
 - 1895 population of 673 people
 - Clifton had a post office and railroad service
Bradbury (OH)   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North (N) from West Columbia
 - Bradbury had a post office and no railroad service
Maggie   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from West Columbia
 - Maggie had a post office and no railroad service
Mason   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from West Columbia
 - 1895 population of 1,029 people (with 944 people in 2017)
 - Mason had a post office and no railroad service
Cheshire (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from West Columbia
 - 1895 population of 458 people (with 129 people in 2017)
 - Cheshire had a post office and railroad service
Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from West Columbia
 - 1895 population of 4,726 people (with 1,790 people in 2017)
 - Pomeroy had a post office and railroad service
Sassafras   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Columbia
 - Sassafras had a post office and no railroad service
Hartford City   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from West Columbia
 - 1895 population of 446 people (with 595 people in 2017)
 - Hartford City had a post office and railroad service
Minersville (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from West Columbia
 - 1895 population of 1,029 people
 - Minersville had a post office and no railroad service
Kyger (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from West Columbia
 - 1895 population of 201 people
 - Kyger had a post office and no railroad service
Oldtown - Historic   [Map]
 - While Oldtown was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from West Columbia
 - Oldtown 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 West Columbia. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Columbia 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 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.

West Columbia is located in Mason County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mason County: Gallia (OH), Meigs (OH), Cabell, Jackson & Putnam.

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

Mason     (The home county for West Columbia)
      Mason   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Baden   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Leon   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Upland   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Milton   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Poca   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Washington   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Slate   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Athens (OH)
      Carsey Town (OH)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Albany (OH)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Athens (OH)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      The Plains (OH)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Liars Corner (OH) - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Amesville (OH)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Armadale (OH)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Chauncey (OH)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mount Nebo (OH) - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mudsock (OH) - Historic   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Truetown (OH)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Carlton (OH)   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cheshire (OH)   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Vinton (OH)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Ewington (OH)   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Alice (OH)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Centerville (OH)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Hocking (OH)
      Candy Town (OH)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Pleasant (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Murray City (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Pittsburg (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      New Town (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sand Run (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Jackson (OH)
      Pattonsville (OH)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Wellston (OH)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oak Hill (OH)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blackfork Junction (OH)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coalton (OH)   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jackson (OH)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ray (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Vernon (OH)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Andis (OH)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Middleport (OH)   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Rutland (OH)   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
Morgan (OH)
      Wrightstown (OH)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chesterhill (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Pike (OH)
      Mount Sinai (OH)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Scioto (OH)
      South Webster (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
Vinton (OH)
      Wilkesville (OH)   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Moonville (OH) - Historic   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dundas (OH)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hamden (OH)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hope (OH) - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Zaleski (OH)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McArthur (OH)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
Washington (OH)
      Redbush (OH)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

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, 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 West Columbia:

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 Mason County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cabell 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    
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane 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    
Athens County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hocking County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pike County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Scioto County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Vinton County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington 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 Mason County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Mason 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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Miscellaneous References and Mentions for West Columbia ...

While our initial data for West Columbia came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of West Columbia in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about West Columbia.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for West Columbia:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for West Columbia.
      See our Misc Page for West Columbia for more information.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in West Columbia. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- West Columbia) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Columbia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.9831, Longitude: -82.0635     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Columbia 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 West Columbia, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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