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Our Genealogical Helper for Wikel ...

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 Wikel (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 Wikel. 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 Wikel ...

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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Wikel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Wikel, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Wikel.

Cemeteries Near Wikel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Wikel.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW Lively Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Swope Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Ballard - Harvey Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Fortner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ballard Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Chambers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Dropping Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Broyles Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bradley Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Mt. Carman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wayside Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Karnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Hope Church Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Dunn Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Kire Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NE Old Rehobeth Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Snidow 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 Wikel in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Wikel.

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

Assurance   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Wikel
 - Assurance had a post office and no railroad service
 
Rock Camp   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Wikel
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Rock Camp had a post office and no railroad service
 
Greenville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Wikel
 - Greenville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lillydale   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Wikel
 - Lillydale had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lindside   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Wikel
 - 1895 population of 122 people
 - Lindside had a post office and no railroad service
 
Wayside   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Wikel
 - Wayside had a post office and no railroad service
 
Salt Sulphur Springs   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Wikel
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Salt Sulphur Springs had a post office and no railroad service
 
Zenith   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Wikel
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Zenith 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 Wikel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Wikel 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 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.

Wikel is located in Monroe County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monroe County: Alleghany (VA), Craig (VA), Giles (VA), Greenbrier & Summers.

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

  DirectionDistance
Monroe     (The home county for Wikel)
      Union   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Peterstown   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hollywood   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
 
Fayette
      Spring Dale   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Meadow Bridge   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Greenbrier
      Alderson   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Frazier   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Fort Spring   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Ronceverte   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fairlea   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lewisburg   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vale   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      White Sulphur Springs   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clendenenville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Anthony   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Frankford   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Mercer
      Oakvale   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Athens   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Johnston Town   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Edison   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Montcalm   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Weyanoke   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bluefield   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bramwell   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Coopers   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Nicholas
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Raleigh
      Shady Spring   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Summers
      Forest Hill   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Wyoming
      Bud   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Mullens   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Botetourt (VA)
      Daleville (VA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Covington City (VA)
      Covington (VA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Craig (VA)
      Abbott (VA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Castle (VA)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Floyd (VA)
      Terrys Fork (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Simpsons (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Giles (VA)
      Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pembroke (VA)   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bluff City (VA)   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Narrows (VA)   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
 
Montgomery (VA)
      Mount Tabor Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Blacksburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McBryde Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Sundance Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Merrimac (VA)   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Christiansburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Old Farm Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Raintree Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Grove (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Riner (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shawsville (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pilot (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Pulaski (VA)
      Fairlawn (VA)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dublin (VA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pulaski (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mack Creek Village (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Radford City (VA)
      Mill Village (VA)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Radford (VA)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      New Town (VA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Radford Village (VA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Simpkins Village (VA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sunset Village (VA)   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Roanoke (VA)
      Bent Mountain (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cave Spring (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hollins (VA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Salem City (VA)
      Salem (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sunset Village (VA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Tazewell (VA)
      Bluefield (VA)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Wythe (VA)
      Locust Hill (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Max Meadows (VA)   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Wikel:

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 Monroe County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Raleigh 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    
Botetourt County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Covington City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Craig County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pulaski County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Radford City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
Roanoke County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Salem City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wythe 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 Monroe 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 Monroe 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 ...
      Virginia

Other Roadside Stops ...



Find a Community within West Virginia

About Monroe County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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 that starts in Wikel. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Wikel) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Wikel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5121, Longitude: -80.6476     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Wikel 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 Wikel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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