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Our Genealogical Helper for Wharncliffe ...

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 Wharncliffe (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 Wharncliffe. 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 Wharncliffe ...

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 1 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wharncliffe.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wharncliffe, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wharncliffe.

Cemeteries Near Wharncliffe ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wharncliffe.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Cline Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Buchanan Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Star Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Simkins Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Toler Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Sullivan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mounts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ritchie & Cline Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rex Cline Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mounts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Steele Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hurley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lester Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stacy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Log Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Hurley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dotson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rife Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mounts Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lockhart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Blankenship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Estep Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Justice Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lockhart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Haggy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cline Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lockhart Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Meador Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Coleman Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rife Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Matney Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lester Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Cline Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Robertson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stacy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Trap Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ferrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ellis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Italy Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Justice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Sizemore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lester Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Morgan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Musick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Chafin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Daniels Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Justice Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Burke Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Robert Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Steele Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Browning Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Browning - Dye Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Varney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Browning - Grimmet Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Musick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hatfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hatfield Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Billy Dotson 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 Wharncliffe in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wharncliffe.

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

North Spring   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Wharncliffe
 - 1895 population of 129 people
 - North Spring had a post office and no railroad service
Hanover   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Wharncliffe
 - Hanover had a post office and no railroad service
Phelps (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Wharncliffe
 - Phelps had a post office and no railroad service
Jamboree (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Wharncliffe
 - 1895 population of 154 people
 - Jamboree had a post office and no railroad service
Iaeger   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Wharncliffe
 - 1895 population of 51 people (with 255 people in 2017)
 - Iaeger had a post office and no railroad service
Paw Paw (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Wharncliffe
 - 1895 population of 200 people
 - Paw Paw had a post office and no railroad service
Christian   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wharncliffe
 - 1895 population of 28 people
 - Christian had a post office and no railroad service
Coleman (KY)   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Wharncliffe
 - Coleman 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 Wharncliffe. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wharncliffe 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 and doctors 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.

Wharncliffe is located in Mingo County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mingo County: Martin (KY), Pike (KY), Buchanan (VA), Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Wayne & Wyoming.

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

Mingo     (The home county for Wharncliffe)
      Baisden   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Gilbert Creek   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Gilbert   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pie   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Musick   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Matewan   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Red Jacket   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Blackberry City   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Delbarton   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Williamson   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Chattaroy   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Greyeagle   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rocklick   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stark   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clothier   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hewett   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ottawa   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bald Knob   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Barrett   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Pondco   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Jeffrey   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Manila   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bim   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harts   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Man   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Omar   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mineral City   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Holden   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Logan   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Troy Town   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wyoming City   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Iaeger   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Union City   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Big Sandy   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bradshaw   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Davy   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Welch   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      War   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Kimball   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Gary   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Thorpe   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Keystone   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Coopers   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bramwell   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Helen   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rhodell   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Eastgulf   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lester   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tolleys   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sophia   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wilsondale   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Uno   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bud   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
Floyd (KY)
      Betsy Layne (KY)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Harold (KY)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Grethel (KY)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Stanville (KY)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tram (KY)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ivel (KY)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Teaberry (KY)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Beaver (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Dana (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Banner (KY)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Blue Moon (KY)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Martin (KY)
      Lovely (KY)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pilgrim (KY)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Warfield (KY)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beauty (KY)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hode (KY)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Debord (KY)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Inez (KY)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tomahawk (KY)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Pike (KY)
      Majestic (KY)   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Stopover (KY)   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Freeburn (KY)   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Phelps (KY)   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      McCarr (KY)   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ransom (KY)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Hardy (KY)   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      McVeigh (KY)   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      McAndrews (KY)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pinsonfork (KY)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Stone (KY)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Belfry (KY)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
Buchanan (VA)
      Kelsa (VA)   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Grundy (VA)   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Royal City (VA)   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Janey (VA)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Vansant (VA)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Dickenson (VA)
      Haysi (VA)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Clinchco (VA)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clintwood (VA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Russell (VA)
      Russell (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dye (VA)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Honaker (VA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Tazewell (VA)
      Raven (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Richlands (VA)   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Boissevain (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Tazewell (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start 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 - 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 Wharncliffe:

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 Mingo County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone 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      
McDowell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Martin County (KY):       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    
Tazewell 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 Mingo County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Mingo 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 ...

Search for a Community in West Virginia

About Mingo County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Wharncliffe. 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' distance that begins in Wharncliffe. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Wharncliffe) 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 Wharncliffe. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Wharncliffe

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wharncliffe. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5553, Longitude: -81.9658     [Map].

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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 Wharncliffe, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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