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Our Genealogical Helper for West Montgomery ...

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 Montgomery (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 Montgomery. 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 Montgomery ...

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 Montgomery.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Montgomery: W. Montgomery

Newspapers Published in West Montgomery ...

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 West Montgomery.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of West Montgomery, there are papers which were published within 11 miles [17.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for West Montgomery.

Cemeteries Near West Montgomery ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Goodwin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Montgomery Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Blake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Virginias Chapel Slave Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WNW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Good Shepherd Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hensley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Robson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lacie - Gray - Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dry Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sycamore Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Abbott - Huddleston Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Proctor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blakley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Page Tabernackle Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Slaughter Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sight Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rich Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ida Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Witcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cooper 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 West Montgomery in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of West Montgomery.

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

Crescent   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from West Montgomery
 - 1895 population of 152 people
 - Crescent had a post office and railroad service
Handley   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from West Montgomery
 - 1895 population of 49 people (with 325 people in 2017)
 - Handley had a post office and railroad service
Eagle   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Montgomery
 - Eagle had a post office and railroad service
Mount Carbon   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Montgomery
 - 1895 population of 3,432 people
 - Mount Carbon had a post office and railroad service
Crown Hill   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from West Montgomery
 - Crown Hill had a post office and railroad service
Powellton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from West Montgomery
 - 1895 population of 491 people
 - Powellton had a post office and no railroad service
Deep Water   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Montgomery
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Deep Water had a post office and no railroad service
Cedar Grove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from West Montgomery
 - Cedar Grove 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 Montgomery. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Montgomery 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 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.

West Montgomery is located in Kanawha County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kanawha County: Boone, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Lincoln, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh & Roane.

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

Kanawha     (The home county for West Montgomery)
      Handley   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Pratt   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Acme   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Belle   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Joes Creek   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Coopertown   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fosterville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Keith   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Orgas   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sylvester   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bloomingrose   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Eden   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Kirbyton   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Seth   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sharlow   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Clem   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Smithers   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Cannelton   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pax   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hines   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vale   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sod   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Banco   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Poca   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Harper   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Montgomery:

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 Kanawha 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    
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    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Kanawha County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance starting from West Montgomery. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- West Montgomery) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Montgomery. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.1787, Longitude: -81.3348     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Montgomery 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 West Montgomery, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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