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Our Genealogical Helper for Ridgeville ...

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 Ridgeville (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 Ridgeville. 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 Ridgeville ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ridgeville.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ridgeville, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ridgeville.

Cemeteries Near Ridgeville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ridgeville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Cundiff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE John Liller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Thrush Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stone Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rawlings Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Thrush Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Michaels Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Thrush Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Duling Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sloan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Roderick Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Delawder Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Thrush Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hull - Utta Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Canon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Peerce Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Doll Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ferrbee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Schoemaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Arnold Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Potomac Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Queens Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Meadow View Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Elijah High Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bever Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Whip Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Leatherman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Miller McCarty Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Ludwick Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Staggs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cabin Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Urice & Kerns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sulter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dayton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Green Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Tasker Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Boswell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Knobley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Thomas Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sinkler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cross Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kitzmiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Dixon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Greenwall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Umstot Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Dawson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Peters Catholic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Walden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old St. Peter's Catholic   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Old Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Headsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mead Chapel Biser Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Baker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Poor Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Warnick Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Miller Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Kitzmiller Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kalbough Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nethkin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bloomington Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mineral Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gerstell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Tichnell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Manor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Duckworth Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Kitzmiller 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 Ridgeville had a population of 45 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Antioch   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Ridgeville
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Antioch had a post office and no railroad service
Burlington   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Ridgeville
 - 1895 population of 250 people
 - Burlington had a post office and no railroad service
Laurel Dale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ridgeville
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Laurel Dale had a post office and no railroad service
Keyser   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Ridgeville
 - 1895 population of 2,165 people (with 5,077 people in 2017)
 - Keyser had a post office and railroad service
Junction   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Ridgeville
 - Junction had a post office and no railroad service
Headsville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ridgeville
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Headsville had a post office and no railroad service
Hartmansville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Ridgeville
 - 1895 population of 17 people
 - Hartmansville had a post office and no railroad service
Purgitsville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ridgeville
 - Purgitsville had a post office and no railroad service
Shaw   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ridgeville
 - 1895 population of 60 people
 - Shaw had a post office and railroad service
Westernport (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ridgeville
 - 1895 population of 1,526 people (with 1,767 people in 2017)
 - Westernport 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 Ridgeville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ridgeville 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 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.

Ridgeville 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 Ridgeville. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Ridgeville:

Mineral     (The home county for Ridgeville)
      New Creek   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Burlington   [Map]   E   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Keyser   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sulphur City   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Hartmansville   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Piedmont   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Elk Garden   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Fort Ashby   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Carpendale   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Wiley Ford   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Ridgeley   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Arthur   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bayard   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Petersburg   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Romney   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ritters   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Three Churches   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Moorefield   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Baker   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Wardensville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Lost City   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Paw Paw   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brushy Run   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Albright   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Brandonville   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bruceton Mills   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Davis   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Canaan Valley   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Westernport (MD)   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Luke (MD)   [Map]   NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Barton (MD)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Nikep (MD)   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rawlings (MD)   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Lonaconing (MD)   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Midland (MD)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Pinto (MD)   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Klondike (MD)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Woodland (MD)   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Loarville (MD)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Midlothian (MD)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Bloomington (MD)   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kitzmiller (MD)   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Swanton (MD)   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Deer Park (MD)   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Loch Lynn Heights (MD)   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bittinger (MD)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Mountain Lake Park (MD)   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Oakland (MD)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McHenry (MD)   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grantsville (MD)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Accident (MD)   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
Bedford (PA)
      Stringtown (PA)   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hyndman (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Markleysburg (PA)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Somerset (PA)
      Wellersburg (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Salisbury (PA)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Callimont (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Glade City (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Meyersdale (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Addison (PA)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ursina (PA)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hays Mill (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Fairhope (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Garrett (PA)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Johnsburg (PA)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Confluence (PA)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Frederick (VA)
      Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Shenandoah (VA)
      Basye-Bryce Mountain (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Columbia Furnace (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Toms Brook (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start 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 - 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 Ridgeville:

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    
Pendleton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tucker 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    
Bedford County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette 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    

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 Ridgeville ...

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

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 Ridgeville:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Ridgeville.
      See our Misc Page for Ridgeville for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in West Virginia

About Mineral County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ridgeville. 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' (or point-to-point) distance from Ridgeville. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ridgeville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ridgeville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3484, Longitude: -78.9906     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ridgeville 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 Ridgeville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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