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Our Genealogical Helper for Ridgedale ...

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 Ridgedale (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 Ridgedale. 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 Ridgedale ...

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 69 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ridgedale.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ridgedale, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ridgedale.

Cemeteries Near Ridgedale ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ridgedale.

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

Distance &
    Direction    

        Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Reece Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Eusiva Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Indian Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mineral Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Van Meter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Headsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Greenwall Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Miller McCarty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Inkeep Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Ludwick Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Leatherman Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Whip Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Bever Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Staggs Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Schoemaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dayton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Culp Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mead Chapel Biser Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Umstot Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cabin Run Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Thrush Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Roderick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Ilechiter Monnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hardy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Urice & Kerns 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 Ridgedale in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ridgedale.

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

Wapocomo   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Ridgedale
 - Wapocomo had a post office and no railroad service
 
Grace   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Ridgedale
 - Grace had railroad service and no post office
 
Springfield   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ridgedale
 - 1895 population of 168 people
 - Springfield had a post office and railroad service
 
Romney   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ridgedale
 - 1895 population of 451 people (with 1,759 people in 2016)
 - Romney had a post office and railroad service
 
Three Churches   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Ridgedale
 - Three Churches had a post office and no railroad service
 
Headsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Ridgedale
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Headsville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Barnes Mill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ridgedale
 - Barnes Mill had a post office and no railroad service
 
Reeses Mill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ridgedale
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Reeses Mill had a post office and no railroad service
 
Donaldson   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Ridgedale
 - Donaldson 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 Ridgedale. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ridgedale 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Ridgedale is located in Hampshire County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Hampshire County: Allegany (MD), Frederick (VA), Hardy, Mineral & Morgan.

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

  DirectionDistance
Hampshire     (The home county for Ridgedale)
      Ritters   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Romney   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Berkeley
      Arden   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bunker Hill   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Inwood   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hedgesville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Martinsburg   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Grant
      Arthur   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Hardy
      Wardensville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Baker   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Lost City   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Mineral
      Fort Ashby   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Wiley Ford   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Carpendale   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ridgeley   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
 
Morgan
      Paw Paw   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bath   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Allegany (MD)
      Spring Gap (MD)   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Oldtown (MD)   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Rawlings (MD)   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pinto (MD)   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Cumberland (MD)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Shanty Town (MD) - Historic   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Keifers (MD)   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Loarville (MD)   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Midland (MD)   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      La Vale (MD)   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Barton (MD)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Garrett (MD)
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Grantsville (MD)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Washington (MD)
      Hancock (MD)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Bedford (PA)
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Hyndman (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Purcell (PA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rainsburg (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Manns Choice (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Somerset (PA)
      Wellersburg (PA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Callimont (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fairhope (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Salisbury (PA)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Glade City (PA)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Meyersdale (PA)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Johnsburg (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hays Mill (PA)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Garrett (PA)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Berlin (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Baltimore (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ursina (PA)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Frederick (VA)
      Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      White Hall (VA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Welltown (VA)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Echo Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Middletown (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stephens City (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Shenandoah (VA)
      Strasburg (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Toms Brook (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Columbia Furnace (VA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Woodstock (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Warren (VA)
      Reliance (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Winchester City (VA)
      Winchester (VA)   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

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 professional and volunteer websites 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 Ridgedale:

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 Hampshire County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Berkeley County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardy County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mineral County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Allegany County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bedford County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Somerset County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Frederick County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shenandoah County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Warren County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Winchester City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Hampshire 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 Hampshire 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 ...
      Maryland
      Pennsylvania
      Virginia

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ridgedale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.4115, Longitude: -78.7347     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ridgedale 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 Ridgedale, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Ridgedale.