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West Union, West Virginia
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Our Genealogical Helper for West Union ...

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 Union (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 Union. 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 Union ...

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 Union.

  • Typical abbreviation for West Union: W. Union

Newspapers Published in the area of West Union ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around West Union.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of West Union. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of West Union and those printed in the larger area surrounding West Union.
  • 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 Union.

Cemeteries Near West Union ...

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

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Freeman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Ruley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crystal Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Archbold Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Arnold Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Piggott Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Blandville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Duckworth Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Maxwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Middle Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Toms Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wilbur Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Wolverton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Keys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Broadwater Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Mission Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Childers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Victory Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Doak Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Buck Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW South Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hart Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Big Battle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Underwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Mountain Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW South Branch East Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beechwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Center Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Burnthouse Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW White Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Leason Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Redemption Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pierpont Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Greenbrier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fairview 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 Union had a population of 312 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2017, West Union had a population of 833 people.

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

Central Station   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from West Union
 - 1895 population of 275 people
 - Central Station had a post office and railroad service
Blandville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Union
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Blandville had a post office and no railroad service
Morgansville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from West Union
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Morgansville had a post office and no railroad service
Deep Valley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from West Union
 - Deep Valley had a post office and no railroad service
Duckworth   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Union
 - Duckworth had railroad service and no post office
Greenwood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Union
 - 1895 population of 148 people
 - Greenwood had a post office and railroad service
New Milton   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from West Union
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - New Milton had a post office and no railroad service
Long Run   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from West Union
 - 1895 population of 119 people
 - Long Run had a post office and railroad service
Wilbur   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from West Union
 - Wilbur had a post office and no railroad service
Flint   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from West Union
 - Flint had a post office and no railroad service
Stanley   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from West Union
 - Stanley had a post office and no railroad service
Toll Gate   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from West Union
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Toll Gate had a post office and 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 Union. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring West Union 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 and hospitals 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 Union is located in Doddridge County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Doddridge County: Gilmer, Harrison, Lewis, Ritchie, Tyler & Wetzel.

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

Doddridge     (The home county for West Union)
      Smithburg   [Map]   E   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gore   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Despard   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kent   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Barker   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Williamstown   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slate   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Belmont (OH)
      Powhatan Point (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Monroe (OH)
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Plainview (OH)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clarington (OH)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Graysville (OH)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Woodsfield (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stafford (OH)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beallsville (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lewisville (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Noble (OH)
      Harriettsville (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Washington (OH)
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Marietta (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Devola (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 Union:

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 Doddridge County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour 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    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wetzel 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    
Belmont County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noble 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 Doddridge County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Doddridge 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for West Union ...

While our initial data for West Union came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of West Union 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 Union.

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 Union:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found West Union in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for West Union for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for West Union.
      See our Misc Page for West Union for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within West Virginia

About Doddridge County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in West Union. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2964, Longitude: -80.7752     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for West Union 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 Union, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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