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Our Genealogical Helper for White Oak ...

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 White Oak (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 White Oak. 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 White Oak ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around White Oak.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of White Oak, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for White Oak.

Cemeteries Near White Oak ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of White Oak.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Oakington Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW New Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Johnstown Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Reger Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Buckhannon Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rohrbough Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bean Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rockford Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morrison Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Laurel Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gnatty Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Friendship Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Upshur County Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSE Heavner Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Radcliffe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Frame Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jesse Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Life Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Smith Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Horner Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McDermott Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brick Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Straley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Horeb Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Peterson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WSW Weston Masonic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Norman Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hampton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Wolfe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oldaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Redabaugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stouts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oreslip Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Duck Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Haymond Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Nebo Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Audra Bethel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Adkinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sheets Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Broad Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Floral Hills Memorial Gardens   [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 White Oak in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of White Oak.

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

Ruraldale   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Southeast (ESE) from White Oak
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Ruraldale had a post office and no railroad service
Aberdeen   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from White Oak
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Aberdeen had a post office and no railroad service
Johnstown   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from White Oak
 - 1895 population of 120 people
 - Johnstown had a post office and no railroad service
Lorentz   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from White Oak
 - Lorentz had a post office and railroad service
Pecks Run   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from White Oak
 - 1895 population of 102 people
 - Pecks Run had a post office and no railroad service
Berlin   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from White Oak
 - Berlin had a post office and no railroad service
Buckhannon   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from White Oak
 - 1895 population of 1,403 people (with 5,529 people in 2017)
 - Buckhannon had a post office and railroad service
Romines Mills   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from White Oak
 - 1895 population of 164 people
 - Romines Mills 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 White Oak. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring White Oak 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 south 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.

White Oak is located in Upshur County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Upshur County: Barbour, Harrison, Lewis, Randolph & Webster.

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

Upshur     (The home county for White Oak)
      Buckhannon   [Map]   S   5 miles [8 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Audra   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Union   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Belington   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Junior   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      West Union   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      West Milford   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Despard   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Gore   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Salem   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Camden   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Helvetia   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Huttonsville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mill Creek   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harman   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 White Oak:

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 Upshur 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    
Doddridge 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    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph 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    
Tucker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

The Communities of West Virginia

About Upshur County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for White Oak. 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 beginning in White Oak. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- White Oak) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in White Oak. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.0723, Longitude: -80.2559     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for White Oak 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 White Oak, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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