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Our Genealogical Helper for Ripley ...

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 Ripley (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 Ripley. 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 Ripley ...

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 10 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ripley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ripley, there are papers which were published within 5 miles [8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ripley.

Cemeteries Near Ripley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ripley.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Smith Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE St. Katherines Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Port Tabacco Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Charles Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Park Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Marbury Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW St. Ignatius of Loyola Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Metropolitan Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Durham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Ignatius Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Alexandria Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  W Chicamuxen Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Fairfax Grave   [Map]     
  NNE Christ Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Marshall Cemetery   [Map]   [MIHP<2>]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Emory Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Pauls Piney Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Waldorf 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 Ripley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ripley.

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

McConchie   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ripley
 - McConchie had a post office and no railroad service
Port Tobacco   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 132 people
 - Port Tobacco had a post office and no railroad service
Pomfret   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Pomfret had a post office and no railroad service
Pisgah   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Pisgah had a post office and no railroad service
Hill Top   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Hill Top had a post office and no railroad service
Pomonkey   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Pomonkey had a post office and no railroad service
Springhill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ripley
 - Springhill had a post office and no railroad service
La Plata   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 9,365 people in 2017)
 - La Plata had a post office and railroad service
Glymont   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 90 people
 - Glymont had a post office and no railroad service
Doncaster   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ripley
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Doncaster 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 Ripley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ripley 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Ripley is located in Charles County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Charles County: Calvert, Prince George's, Saint Mary's, Fairfax (VA), King George (VA), Prince William (VA), Stafford (VA) & Westmoreland (VA).

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

Charles     (The home county for Ripley)
      Pomfret   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Port Tobacco Village   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Port Tobacco   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Pomonkey   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      La Plata   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Lyons Corner   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Bryans Road   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Bennsville   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Freedom Village   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Indian Head   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Ironsides   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
Anne Arundel
      Friendship   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tracys Landing   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Baywalker Village   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Deale   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lothian   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harwood   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West River   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Churchton   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Davidsonville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Galesville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Shady Side   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crofton   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Abington Shores   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Academy Hill   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Lower Marlboro Towne   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Barstow   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bowens   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Adelina   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Huntingtown Town Center   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Huntingtown   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Apple Greene   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dunkirk Town Center   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Dunkirk   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Penwick Village   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brookmont   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chevy Chase Village   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glen Echo   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Somerset   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Bethesda   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cabin John   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chevy Chase Section Five   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chevy Chase Section Three   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Chevy Chase   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      English Village   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Landon Village   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Martin's Additions   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
Prince George's
      Accokeek   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Fort Washington   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fort Foote Village   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blandford Village   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Brandywine   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      The Village   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Orme   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Forest Heights   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Oxon Hill   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Cheltenham   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
Saint Mary's
      Charlotte Hall   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mechanicsville   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Chaptico   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Golden Beach   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Helen   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bushwood   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Morganza   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Clements   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Loveville   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Summerseat Village   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Avenue   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Abell   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Alexandria City (VA)
      Alexandria (VA)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Chinquapin Village (VA)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Oakcrest (VA)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Warwick Village (VA)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
Arlington (VA)
      Arlington Village (VA)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Brandon Village (VA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Arlington (VA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Cherrydale (VA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Colonial Village (VA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Garden City (VA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Lyon Village (VA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Riverwood (VA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Williamsburg Village (VA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
Caroline (VA)
      Port Royal (VA)   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Stuart Corner (VA)   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bowling Green (VA)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      DeJarnette (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Essex (VA)
      Beazley (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fairfax City (VA)
      Fairfax (VA)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
Fairfax (VA)
      Fort Hunt (VA)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mount Vernon (VA)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lorton (VA)   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Occoquan (VA)   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pohick (VA)   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hybla Valley (VA)   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Newington (VA)   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Groveton (VA)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Belle Haven (VA)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Franconia (VA)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Penn Daw Village (VA)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rose Hill (VA)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
Falls Church City (VA)
      Falls Church (VA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Offutt Village (VA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      West Falls Church (VA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
Fauquier (VA)
      Brent Town (VA)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Blackwell Town (VA)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Frytown (VA)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Remington (VA)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Warrenton (VA)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fredericksburg City (VA)
      Fredericksburg (VA)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
King George (VA)
      Dahlgren (VA)   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Somerset Beach (VA)   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fairview Beach (VA)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
Loudoun (VA)
      Oak Grove (VA)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sterling (VA)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Sugarland Run (VA)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Countryside (VA)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ashburn Village (VA)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ashburn (VA)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Manassas City (VA)
      Manassas (VA)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Manassas Park City (VA)
      Manassas Park (VA)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
Orange (VA)
      Indian Town (VA)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Prince William (VA)
      Chamberlain Village (VA)   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Quantico (VA)   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Marumsco Village (VA)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Woodbridge (VA)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Georgetown Village (VA)   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Dumfries (VA)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Triangle (VA)   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Dale City (VA)   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Montclair (VA)   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lake Ridge (VA)   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Combat Village (VA)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Locust Hill (VA)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
Richmond (VA)
      Tallent Town (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Spotsylvania (VA)
      Waverly Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Spotsylvania Courthouse (VA)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Spotsylvania (VA)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Arcadia (VA)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
Stafford (VA)
      Widewater Village at Stafford (VA)   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Loy Landing (VA)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Willamsburg on the Potomac (VA)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Aquia Harbour (VA)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Canterbury Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      King James Village (VA)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Meadowood Village (VA)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Woodlanding Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      North Potomac (VA)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Falmouth Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grafton Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Little Falls Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
Westmoreland (VA)
      Colonial Beach (VA)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Nash Town (VA)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oak Grove (VA)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bryant Town (VA)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Montross (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

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 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 Ripley:

These websites are specific to Maryland:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Maryland State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Maryland to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Charles County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Anne Arundel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calvert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Prince George's County:       Cyndi's List        
Saint Mary's County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alexandria City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Arlington County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Caroline County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Essex County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Fairfax City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Fairfax County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Falls Church City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Fauquier County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Fredericksburg City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
King George County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Loudoun County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Manassas City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Manassas Park City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Orange County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Prince William County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
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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.

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ripley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.5448, Longitude: -77.0783     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ripley have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) has created and maintains a database of historic properties that is called MIHP (for the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties). More information about the MHT and MIHP 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 Ripley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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