We have great-grandparents who lived in a small community in the northwest 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 north.
When doing our research, we make it a practice to expand our search by looking in neighboring counties in addition to 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 checked the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.
Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if driven.<1>
If you're researching your genealogy, we hope that the following following information helps.
Blennerhassett Island View Addition is located in Wood County.
Our Gazetteer shows that there are 1,025 communities within 40 miles [64.4 km] of Blennerhassett Island View Addition. Of these communities, 888 are located in counties other than Wood County.
We usually exclude communities when we still need to verify their location,<2> but for the purpose of this page, we have included the unverified ('unver') and historic ('hist') communities.
After starting with the home county for Blennerhassett Island View Addition (which is Wood County), we list the counties in alphabetical order and for each of those counties, the closest communities are listed in order of their distance from Blennerhassett Island View Addition. For the following list, only those counties that contain communities within 40 miles [64.4 km] are displayed.
Given the large number of communities that are located in Athens County (OH), we have limited the list to those within 37 miles [59.5 km] of Blennerhassett Island View Addition (about 100 communities).
Given the large number of communities that are located in Washington County (OH), we have limited the list to those within 26 miles [41.8 km] of Blennerhassett Island View Addition (about 100 communities).
Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts in Blennerhassett Island View Addition. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Blennerhassett Island View Addition) to Point B.
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Blennerhassett Island View Addition. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2634, Longitude: -81.6062 [Map]. In this case, the coordinates for Blennerhassett Island View Addition have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
Our data comes from many sources and some sources are more dependable than others. When we add communities to our Gazetteer, we try to verify that we have the correct location for the community. We mark a community as 'Unverified' when we aren't confident about our data and want to do further checking.
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 larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now.
Since our Gazetteer contains over 100,000 communities, verifying everything is going to take time. If you find an error or can help us to improve our accuracy, please let us know.