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Our Genealogical Helper for The Ridge Estates ...

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 The Ridge Estates (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 The Ridge Estates. 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 The Ridge Estates ...

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 The Ridge Estates.

  • Typical abbreviation for The Ridge Estates: Ridge Ests.

Newspapers Published in The Ridge Estates ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around The Ridge Estates.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of The Ridge Estates, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for The Ridge Estates.

Cemeteries Near The Ridge Estates ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of The Ridge Estates.

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 The Ridge Estates covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Lawrence Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE J L Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bowling Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Leadman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hodges Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Valley View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Winfield Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Culloden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Teays Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Showen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Haven of Rest Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Giles - Stern Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bird Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Fraizer Bottom Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sutherland - White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE College Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Burdette Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cartwright Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Staten Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lundsford Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cunningham Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SE Bangor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Wade Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Milton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Zoar Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Buffalo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Trace Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Grandview Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Buffalo Memorial Park   [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 The Ridge Estates in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of The Ridge Estates.

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

Teays   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from The Ridge Estates
 - Teays had a post office and no railroad service
Hurricane   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from The Ridge Estates
 - 1895 population of 207 people (with 6,542 people in 2017)
 - Hurricane had a post office and railroad service
Scary   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from The Ridge Estates
 - Scary had a post office and railroad service
Winfield   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from The Ridge Estates
 - 1895 population of 302 people (with 2,359 people in 2017)
 - Winfield had a post office and no railroad service
Culloden   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from The Ridge Estates
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Culloden had a post office and railroad service
Bancroft   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from The Ridge Estates
 - Bancroft had railroad service and no post office
Plymouth   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from The Ridge Estates
 - Plymouth had a post office and railroad service
Red House   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from The Ridge Estates
 - Red House had railroad service and no post office
Midway   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from The Ridge Estates
 - Midway had a post office and railroad service
Fraziers Bottom   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from The Ridge Estates
 - Fraziers Bottom 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 The Ridge Estates. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring The Ridge Estates 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 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 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.

The Ridge Estates is located in Putnam County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Putnam County: Cabell, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln & Mason.

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

Putnam     (The home county for The Ridge Estates)
      Teays Village   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Teays Valley   [Map]   SE   Less than 2 miles
      Scott Village   [Map]   SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Poca   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Indian Village   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Woodville   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Horse Creek Junction   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Julian   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Dodson Junction   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Morrisvale   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Layville   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Lory   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   E   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Saint Albans   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Tornado   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      South Charleston   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Sod   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harts   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Banco   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Leon   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Baden   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Henderson   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Point Pleasant   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mason   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Buffalo Creek   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Ceredo   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kenova   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wilsondale   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Boyd (KY)
      Catlettsburg (KY)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ashland (KY)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Durbin (KY)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fairview (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Millseat (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Westwood (KY)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Big Sandy (KY)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Greenup (KY)
      Bellefonte (KY)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Russell (KY)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (KY)
      Buchanan (KY)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Zelda (KY) - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Gallipolis (OH)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Westbrook Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mills Village (OH)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cheshire (OH)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Carlton (OH)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rio Grande (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Centerville (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Andis (OH)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burlington (OH)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      South Point (OH)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Coal Grove (OH)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ironton (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Middleport (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 The Ridge Estates:

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 Putnam County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cabell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Boyd County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenup County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for West Virginia

About Putnam County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for The Ridge Estates. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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 The Ridge Estates. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- The Ridge Estates) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in The Ridge Estates. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.4601, Longitude: -81.9490     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for The Ridge Estates 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 The Ridge Estates, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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