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Our Genealogical Helper for Whittaker ...

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 Whittaker (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 Whittaker. 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 Whittaker ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Whittaker.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Whittaker, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Whittaker.

Cemeteries Near Whittaker ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Whittaker.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sycamore Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Sight Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Craig Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Perry Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Page Tabernackle Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Guthrie Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Kingston Cemeteries   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Blake Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Foster Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Stanley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wriston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Scarbro Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wriston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rinehart Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Meadow Haven Memorial Park   [Map]     
  E Robson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hensley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Dry Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Montgomery Memorial Park   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNW Virginias Chapel Slave Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Estep - Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hodge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fulton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Artie Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Stover Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wriston Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Goodwin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pettry Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mordue Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Woodland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Moles Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hodge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Holly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Powers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Good Shepherd Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lacie - Gray - Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Abbott - Huddleston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Slaughter Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Massey Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pineview Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Little White Oak Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Mt. Lewis 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 Whittaker in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Whittaker.

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

Powellton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Whittaker
 - 1895 population of 491 people
 - Powellton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Acme   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Whittaker
 - Acme had a post office and no railroad service
 
Decota   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Whittaker
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Decota had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kincaid   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Whittaker
 - Kincaid had a post office and no railroad service
 
Mount Carbon   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Whittaker
 - 1895 population of 3,432 people
 - Mount Carbon had a post office and railroad service
 
Eagle   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Whittaker
 - Eagle had a post office and railroad service
 
Deep Water   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Whittaker
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Deep Water had a post office and no railroad service
 
Crescent   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Whittaker
 - 1895 population of 152 people
 - Crescent had a post office and railroad service
 
Montgomery   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Whittaker
 - Montgomery had a post office and railroad service
 
Handley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Whittaker
 - 1895 population of 49 people (with 325 people in 2017)
 - Handley had a post office and railroad service
 
Crown Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Whittaker
 - Crown Hill 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 Whittaker. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Whittaker 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 and hospitals 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.

Whittaker 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 Whittaker. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Whittaker:

  DirectionDistance
Kanawha     (The home county for Whittaker)
      Eskdale   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Acme   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Handley   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Winifrede   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Belle   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
 
Boone
      Joes Creek   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elk Run Junction   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Janie   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Sylvester   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Whitesville   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Keith   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Orgas   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Coopertown   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fosterville   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Kirbyton   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cabot   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
 
Clay
      Hartland   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clay   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Fayette
      Powellton   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pax   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
 
Greenbrier
      McRoss   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rainelle   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hines   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Vale   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Lincoln
      Alum Creek   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sod   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Harts   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Logan
      Mineral City   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mallory   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Banco   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Man   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Logan   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Nicholas
      Beech Glen   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tolbert   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Putnam
      Poca   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Raleigh
      Packsville   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fairdale   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Harper   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tolleys   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
 
Roane
      Cicerone   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Summers
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wyoming
      Oceana   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clear Fork   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mullensville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pineville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Uno   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bud   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Baileysville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cub City   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

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 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 it should be mentioned 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 Whittaker:

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    
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    
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
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     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 ...



Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Kanawha County: www.kanawha.us/

The official website for State of West Virginia: www.wv.gov/



Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Whittaker. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.0776, Longitude: -81.3801     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Whittaker 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: findagrave.com.

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

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