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Ames Heights, West Virginia

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About Ames Heights
Ames Heights<1> is located in Fayette County (West Virginia).

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-profile   General information about Ames Heights
-nearby   What's in the neighborhood around Ames Heights
-bycounty   Nearest communities to Ames Heights (By-County)
-census   Census information for Ames Heights
-tidbits   Tidbits and trivia about Ames Heights
-genealogy   Our Genealogy Helper for Ames Heights
-cemeteries   Cemeteries in the area of Ames Heights
-localpapers   Newspapers published in the immediate area of Ames Heights
-newspapers   Newspapers published in a broader area around Ames Heights
-summary   Summarized information
-map   Interactive map centered on Ames Heights
-tripmap   TripAdvisor Tourism pages
-misc   Miscellaneous information
-wishlist   Things we would like to know about Ames Heights
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Glossary and Definitions ...

Area Code Overlay
An Overlay refers to the situation in which two (or more) area codes (eg- 304, 681) serve the same geographic area. In the case of Ames Heights, area code (681) is the Overlay for area code (304).

The Overlay is necessary when the geographic area requires (or expects to need) more phone numbers than can be provided by a single area code.

When an Overlay is present, 10-digit dialing becomes necessary for all calls, even if local. There are different types of Overlays, with each having its own characteristics and dialing requirements.

If you would like to learn more about Overlays, we suggest the Wikipedia entry for Overlays.
FIPS Codes
In the past, the federal government created a set of codes that are used to uniquely identify States, Counties and Populated Places (such as a community like Ames Heights). These codes form the Federal Information Processing Standard. (specifically FIPS Document 55-3).

The State Code consists of two digits, the County Code consists of three digits and the Place Code consists of five digits. The County and Place Codes must be used together with the State Code to be truly unique.

For example, the following codes apply to the community of Ames Heights:

- State Code:  54 (West Virginia)

- State / County Code:  54 / 019 (Fayette County)

- State / Place Code:  54 / 01650

The FIPS Codes have been replaced by an ANSI standard and the GNIS Feature ID. Although obsolete, the FIPS Codes are still in use by some organizations.

For more information about the FIPS Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Ames Heights.
GNIS Codes
The function of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) is to establish uniform names for geographic features (eg- communities, mountains, lakes, rivers, streams, etc). The BGN was created to address the problems caused by spelling and naming variations. BGN–accepted names are kept in a database called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS), which is operated and maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

A unique and permanent identifier has been assigned for each feature in the GNIS database. These names and identifiers are definitive.

Ames Heights has been given the GNIS Feature ID of '1553727'. Click here to see the GNIS Record for Ames Heights.

Footnotes ...

<1>It's a 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. For more information, please visit our Genealogy Helper Page for Ames Heights.

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