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Our Genealogical Helper for Ames Heights ...

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 Ames Heights (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 Ames Heights. 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.

Name Variations for Ames Heights ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Ames Heights.

  • Typical abbreviation for Ames Heights: Ames Hts. (in Canada, 'Hgts.' is the more common abbreviation.)
  • While the name of this community is Ames Heights, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Ames Heights may originally have been Ame's Heights.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Ames Heights might be written as Ame Heights.

Newspapers Published in Ames Heights ...

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 18 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ames Heights.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ames Heights, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ames Heights.

Cemeteries Near Ames Heights ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ames Heights.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Huse Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Westlake Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Restlawn Memory Gardens   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW John Nugen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Abbot Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Jennette Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NE Legg Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sugar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Abbott - Huddleston Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW High Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Robson Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Rich Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Blake Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Page Tabernackle Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Meadow Haven Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSW Hilltop Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Simms Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Amick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tyree Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Lookout 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 Ames Heights in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ames Heights.

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

Fayette   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Ames Heights
 - Fayette had railroad service and no post office
 
Sunnyside - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sunnyside was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ames Heights
 - Sunnyside had railroad service and no post office
 
Fayetteville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ames Heights
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 2,772 people in 2017)
 - Fayetteville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gaymont   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ames Heights
 - Gaymont had railroad service and no post office
 
Nuttalburg - Historic   [Map]
 - While Nuttalburg was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ames Heights
 - 1895 population of 342 people
 - Nuttalburg had a post office and railroad service
 
Edmond   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ames Heights
 - Edmond had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ansted   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ames Heights
 - Ansted had a post office and no railroad service
 
Mountain Cove   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ames Heights
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Mountain Cove had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hawks Nest   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ames Heights
 - 1895 population of 210 people
 - Hawks Nest had a post office and railroad service
 
Keeneys Creek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ames Heights
 - Keeneys Creek had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Ames Heights. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ames Heights 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 doctors and 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.

Ames Heights is located in Fayette County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Fayette County: Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas, Raleigh & Summers.

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

  DirectionDistance
Fayette     (The home county for Ames Heights)
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
 
Boone
      Whitesville   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Elk Run Junction   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Janie   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Joes Creek   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sylvester   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Coopertown   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Keith   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Orgas   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fosterville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Cabot   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Comfort   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kirbyton   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Milltown   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Braxton
      Clem   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Calhoun
      Mudfork   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Clay
      Hartland   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Clay   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Greenbrier
      Rainelle   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Crichton   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Hines   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      McRoss   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Orient Hill   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Quinwood   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brushy Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rupert   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Vale   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Alderson   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Unus   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Frazier   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Kanawha
      Handley   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pratt   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Carbon   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Hollygrove   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Eskdale   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Glasgow   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Acme   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cedar Grove   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      East Bank   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cabin Creek   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Chesapeake   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belle   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Winifrede   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Nicholas
      Beech Glen   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Odell Town   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Richwood   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Raleigh
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Bradley   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Prosperity   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Harper   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
 
Summers
      Hinton   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Webster
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Wyoming
      Mullens   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oceana   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Ames Heights:

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 Fayette County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha 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    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
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 Fayette 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 Fayette 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
 
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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 Ames Heights. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ames Heights) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ames Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.0854, Longitude: -81.0757     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ames Heights 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 Ames Heights, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ames Heights.



 
 
 

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