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Ridgedale, West Virginia
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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 65 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 11 miles [17.7 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 &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Goshen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McBee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ida Jane Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NE Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Robe Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Summers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nicholson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nuce Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hope Halleck United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N East Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Lawnwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pool Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Arthurdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Beverly Hills Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Bunners Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Matthew Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Reedsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pierpont Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Prickett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hayhurst Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pride Cemetery   [Map]     
  N New Monongalia County Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dents Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brand Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Arnettsville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Meadowdale Wesleyan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Crichfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Moran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McConkey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Brewster Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Zion Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lough - Teagarden - Cordray Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Pitcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Amnon Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Boyce Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pratt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Donaldson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jennewine Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hoard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fleming Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Everley Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ministers 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>

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.

Clinton Furnace   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ridgedale
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Clinton Furnace had a post office and no railroad service
Uffington   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ridgedale
 - 1895 population of 36 people
 - Uffington had a post office and railroad service
Little Falls   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ridgedale
 - Little Falls had a post office and railroad service
Halleck   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Ridgedale
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Halleck had a post office and no railroad service
Dellslow   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ridgedale
 - Dellslow had a post office and no railroad service
Gladesville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ridgedale
 - 1895 population of 102 people
 - Gladesville had a post office and no railroad service
Laurel Point   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ridgedale
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Laurel Point had a post office and no railroad service
Morgantown   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Ridgedale
 - 1895 population of 1,011 people (with 30,547 people in 2017)
 - Morgantown had a post office and railroad service
Lowsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Ridgedale
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Lowsville had a post office and no railroad service
Opekiska   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Ridgedale
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Opekiska had a post office and railroad service
Catawba   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Ridgedale
 - Catawba had a post office and railroad service

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 Monongalia County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monongalia County: Fayette (PA), Greene (PA), Marion, Preston, Taylor & Wetzel.

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:

Monongalia     (The home county for Ridgedale)
      Brookhaven   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   W   5 miles [8 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Westover   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Star City   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cheat Lake   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Union   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Audra   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Belington   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Junior   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Bridgeport   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Despard   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gore   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lost Creek   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grant Town   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   W   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Albright   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Davis   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bane   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Barker   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Highhouse (PA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Puritan (PA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Hopwood (PA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      New Salem (PA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Mount Washington (PA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Isabella (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      East Uniontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oliver (PA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Nemacolin (PA)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fairdale (PA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Carmichaels (PA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Cumberland Village (PA)   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Morrisville (PA)   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Jefferson (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Rices Landing (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clarksville (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Swarts (PA)   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Somerset (PA)
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ursina (PA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Confluence (PA)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Washington (PA)
      Fredericktown-Millsboro (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Beallsville (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Deemston (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Marianna (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Brownsville (PA)   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Centerville (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      California (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Daisytown (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Coal Center (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Allenport (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Elco (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scenery Hill (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Speers (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Westmoreland (PA)
      North Belle Vernon (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 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 start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 Monongalia County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harrison 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    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph 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    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       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    
Somerset County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Westmoreland 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 Monongalia County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Monongalia 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

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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that begins in Ridgedale. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line 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: 39.5470, Longitude: -79.9356     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ridgedale have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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

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