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Our Genealogical Helper for Bridgeport ...

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 Bridgeport (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 Bridgeport. 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 the area of Bridgeport ...

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 57 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bridgeport.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Bridgeport. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Bridgeport and those printed in the larger area surrounding Bridgeport.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> of Bridgeport.

Cemeteries Near Bridgeport ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bridgeport.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Bridgeport Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Middleville Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shinns Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stonewall Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Davison Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bartlett Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fortney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Center Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Bond Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bailey Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gore Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Norman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Floral Hills Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSW Haymond Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Astor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Adamsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Milford Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Clare IOOF Cemetery<2>   [Map]     
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wolfe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Horeb Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Janes Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Wamsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Adkinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stouts Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Radcliffe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pine Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Claremont Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nay Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Ash Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McIntyre Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Borring Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Gnatty Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oreslip Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE West Virginia National Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sheets Mill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brick Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Michael D Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Woodsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wyatt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Linns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cunningham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Griffin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Plant 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Bridgeport had a population of 455 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Bridgeport had a population of 8,635 people.

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

Oreide   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Bridgeport
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Oreide had a post office and no railroad service
Glen Falls   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Bridgeport
 - Glen Falls had railroad service and no post office
Clarksburg   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Bridgeport
 - 1895 population of 3,008 people (with 15,621 people in 2017)
 - Clarksburg had a post office and railroad service
Meadland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Bridgeport
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Meadland had a post office and no railroad service
Adamston   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Bridgeport
 - 1895 population of 55 people
 - Adamston had a post office and no railroad service
Quiet Dell   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bridgeport
 - 1895 population of 98 people
 - Quiet Dell had a post office and no railroad service
Shinnston   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Bridgeport
 - 1895 population of 403 people (with 2,129 people in 2017)
 - Shinnston had a post office and railroad service
Flemington   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Bridgeport
 - 1895 population of 175 people (with 312 people in 2017)
 - Flemington had a post office and railroad service
Adamsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Bridgeport
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Adamsville had a post office and no railroad service
Craigmoor   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Bridgeport
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Craigmoor 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 Bridgeport. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Bridgeport 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 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.

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.

Bridgeport is located in Harrison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Harrison County: Barbour, Doddridge, Lewis, Marion, Taylor, Upshur & Wetzel.

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

Harrison     (The home county for Bridgeport)
      Anmoore   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Despard   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Gore   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Belington   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Albright   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Goshen   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Barker   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 it should be mentioned that 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 Bridgeport:

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 Harrison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tucker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Harrison County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Harrison 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Bridgeport ...

While our initial data for Bridgeport came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Bridgeport in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Bridgeport.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Bridgeport:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Bridgeport in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Bridgeport for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Bridgeport.
      See our Misc Page for Bridgeport for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for West Virginia

About Harrison County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Bridgeport:

The official website for Harrison County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bridgeport. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bridgeport

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bridgeport. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3003, Longitude: -80.2476     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Bridgeport have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>UMC is an abbreviation for the United Methodist Church

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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 Bridgeport, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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