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Our Genealogical Helper for Ridgeley ...

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 Ridgeley (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 Ridgeley. 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 Ridgeley ...

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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ridgeley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ridgeley, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ridgeley.

Cemeteries Near Ridgeley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ridgeley.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St.s Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Patricks Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hillcrest Memorial Park   [Map]   [MIHP<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Abe Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
  NE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Lease Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cecil Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ilechiter Monnett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [MIHP]  
  NNE Zion Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGraveMIHP]  
  WNW Rose Meadow Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Loar Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hardy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Wesleyan Memorial Park   [Map]     
  N Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Coney Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Warner Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Neff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Long Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Robinette Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Allegany Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Rush Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Green Meadow Cemetery   [Map]   [MIHP]  
  NE Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Percy Cemetery   [Map]   [MIHP]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Hutson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Inkeep Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Rice Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hartsock Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Fairview Cemetery   [Map]   [MIHP]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Culp Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Dayton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Carr Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oldtown Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oldtown United Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Veterans of Foreign Wars Burial Park   [Map]     
  WNW Finzel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Emmanuel 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.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Ridgeley had railroad service and no post office. In 2017, Ridgeley had a population of 630 people.

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

Mount Savage Junction (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Ridgeley
 - Mount Savage Junction had railroad service and no post office
Kreigbaum (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ridgeley
 - Kreigbaum had railroad service and no post office
Corriganville (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ridgeley
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Corriganville had a post office and no railroad service
Cresaptown (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ridgeley
 - Cresaptown had a post office and no railroad service
Brady (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ridgeley
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Brady had railroad service and no post office
Seymour   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ridgeley
 - Seymour had railroad service and no post office
Ellerslie (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Ridgeley
 - 1895 population of 260 people
 - Ellerslie had a post office and railroad service
Patterson Creek   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ridgeley
 - Patterson Creek had railroad service and no post office
State Line (PA)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Ridgeley
 - State Line had railroad service and no post office
Barrelville (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ridgeley
 - Barrelville had railroad service and no post office
Pinto (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ridgeley
 - Pinto 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 Ridgeley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ridgeley 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Ridgeley is located in Mineral County.

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

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

Mineral     (The home county for Ridgeley)
      Carpendale   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Wiley Ford   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Fort Ashby   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      New Creek   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Ritters   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Three Churches   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Romney   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wardensville   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Paw Paw   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bath   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Cumberland (MD)   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Shanty Town (MD) - Historic   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      La Vale (MD)   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Corriganville (MD)   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Ellerslie (MD)   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Mount Savage (MD)   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Spring Gap (MD)   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Pinto (MD)   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Eckhart Mines (MD)   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Loarville (MD)   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Frostburg (MD)   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Rawlings (MD)   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Midlothian (MD)   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Grantsville (MD)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Friendsville (MD)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Washington (MD)
      Hancock (MD)   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Big Pool (MD)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bedford (PA)
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hyndman (PA)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rainsburg (PA)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Purcell (PA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Manns Choice (PA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Schellsburg (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bedford (PA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ott Town (PA)   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Wolfsburg (PA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      New Paris (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Everett (PA)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Mount Dallas (PA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Penn Wood (PA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
Fulton (PA)
      Valley-Hi (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Somerset (PA)
      Wellersburg (PA)   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Fairhope (PA)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Callimont (PA)   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Johnsburg (PA)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Glade City (PA)   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hays Mill (PA)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Meyersdale (PA)   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Salisbury (PA)   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Berlin (PA)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Garrett (PA)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      New Baltimore (PA)   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Shanksville (PA)   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Boswell (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
Frederick (VA)
      Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with 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 Ridgeley:

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 Mineral County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Grant County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hampshire County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hardy 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    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fulton 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    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

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

While our initial data for Ridgeley came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Ridgeley 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 Ridgeley.

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 Ridgeley:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned  
We have found Ridgeley in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Ridgeley for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Ridgeley.
      See our Misc Page for Ridgeley for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Mineral County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Mineral County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ridgeley. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.6429, Longitude: -78.7713     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ridgeley have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) has created and maintains a database of historic properties that is called MIHP (for the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties). More information about the MHT and MIHP can be found on their website:

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<3>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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<4>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 Ridgeley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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