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Our Genealogy Helper for Ridgeway ...

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 Ridgeway (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Ridgeway. 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.

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 and hospitals 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.

Ridgeway is located in Berkeley County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Berkeley County: Washington (MD), Frederick (VA), Jefferson & Morgan.

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

  DirDistance
Berkeley     (The home county for Ridgeway)
  Bunker Hill   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Inwood   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Arden   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Baker Heights   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Martinsburg   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bedington   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Hedgesville   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Scrabble   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Falling Waters   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Hampshire
  Capon Bridge   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Slanesville   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Augusta   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Three Churches   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ritters   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Romney   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Hardy
  Wardensville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Baker   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Jefferson
  Jefferson Village   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Charles Town   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Ranson   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Bardane   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Kabletown   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bloomery   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bolivar   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Harpers Ferry   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Shepherdstown   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lower Town   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
 
Mineral
  Fort Ashby   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Morgan
  Berryville   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Bath   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Magnolia   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Paw Paw   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Allegany (MD)
  Keifers (MD)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Little Orleans (MD)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Oldtown (MD)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Flintstone (MD)   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Spring Gap (MD)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Frederick (MD)
  Knoxville (MD)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Brunswick (MD)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Burkittsville (MD)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rosemont (MD)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Boss Arnold Village (MD)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Point-of-Rocks (MD)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Potomac Village (MD)   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Jefferson (MD)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Adamstown Village (MD)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Middletown (MD)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Myersville (MD)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Adamstown (MD)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Braddock Heights (MD)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
 
Montgomery (MD)
  Dickerson (MD)   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Beallsville (MD)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Poolesville (MD)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Barnesville (MD)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Washington (MD)
  Sharpsburg (MD)   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Brownsville (MD)   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Big Pool (MD)   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Eakles Mills (MD)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Fairplay (MD)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Keedysville (MD)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Rohrersville (MD)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Saint James (MD)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Williamsport (MD)   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Clear Spring (MD)   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Breathedsville (MD)   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Boonsboro (MD)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Saint James Village (MD)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Bedford (PA)
  Purcell (PA)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Franklin (PA)
  Mercersburg (PA)   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Greencastle (PA)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Waynecastle (PA)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Fulton (PA)
  Websters Mill (PA)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Clarke (VA)
  Gaylord (VA)   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Berryville (VA)   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Boyce (VA)   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Waterloo (VA)   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  White Post (VA)   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Frogtown (VA)   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Berrys (VA)   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
 
Fauquier (VA)
  Petersburg (VA)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Markham (VA)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Zulla (VA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Marshall (VA)   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Belvoir (VA) - Historic   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  The Plains (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Frederick (VA)
  Welltown (VA)   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  White Hall (VA)   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Echo Village (VA)   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Stephens City (VA)   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Middletown (VA)   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Loudoun (VA)
  Hillsboro (VA)   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Round Hill (VA)   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bolington (VA)   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Purcellville (VA)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  White Pump (VA)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lovettsville (VA)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Hamilton (VA)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Middleburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lucketts (VA)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Leesburg (VA)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Belmont (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lansdowne (VA)   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ashburn (VA)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Prince William (VA)
  Waterfall Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Haymarket (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Rappahannock (VA)
  Washington (VA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Shenandoah (VA)
  Strasburg (VA)   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Toms Brook (VA)   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Woodstock (VA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Warren (VA)
  Reliance (VA)   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Riverton (VA)   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Front Royal (VA)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Royal Village (VA)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Viscose City (VA)   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Overall (VA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Winchester City (VA)
  Winchester (VA)   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Ridgeway ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ridgeway.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Ridgeway covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Paynes Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ESE Prospect Hall - Edwards - Hunsicker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Morgan Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Hopewell Meeting House Graveyard   [Map]     
  S Brucetown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Jabbers Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Milburn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gerrardstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Stones Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Stone Church Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Jamestown Prosperity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Darkesville Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Upper Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Redbud Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Crums Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Yeakley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Buck Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Redbud Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Washington Burial Ground   [Map]     
  NNW Ganotown Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Arden United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Bethel Grange Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Winchester National Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Franklintown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Central Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pitzers Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mountain Side Tabernacle Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roe Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gainesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Orrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Shanghai Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Johnsontown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE James M Van Metre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Douglas Grove Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Ridgeway ...

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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ridgeway.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ridgeway, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ridgeway.

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 in 1895, Ridgeway had a post office and railroad service.

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

Brucetown (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Ridgeway
 - 1895 population of 338 people
 - Brucetown had a post office and no railroad service
 
Bunker Hill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ridgeway
 - 1895 population of 98 people
 - Bunker Hill had a post office and railroad service
 
Grimes (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Ridgeway
 - Grimes had a post office and no railroad service
 
Clear Brook (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ridgeway
 - 1895 population of 49 people
 - Clear Brook had a post office and railroad service
 
Stephenson (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Ridgeway
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Stephenson had a post office and railroad service
 
Wadesville (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Ridgeway
 - 1895 population of 176 people
 - Wadesville had a post office and railroad service
 
Middleway   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Ridgeway
 - 1895 population of 372 people
 - Middleway had a post office and no railroad service
 
Inwood   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ridgeway
 - Inwood had a post office and railroad service
 
White Hall (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Ridgeway
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - White Hall had a post office and no railroad service
 
Gerrardstown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ridgeway
 - 1895 population of 250 people
 - Gerrardstown 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 Ridgeway. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ridgeway in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - although 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 Ridgeway:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Berkeley County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Hampshire County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Hardy County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Jefferson County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Mineral County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Morgan County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Allegany County (MD):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Frederick County (MD):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Montgomery County (MD):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Washington County (MD):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Bedford County (PA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Franklin County (PA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Fulton County (PA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Clarke County (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Fauquier County (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Frederick County (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Loudoun County (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Prince William County (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Rappahannock County (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Shenandoah County (VA):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
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,
Cemeteries of Berkeley County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for Berkeley 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 Disaster Stories for ...
      Maryland
      Pennsylvania
      Virginia

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Ridgeway ...

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

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 Ridgeway:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Ridgeway. See our Misc Page for Ridgeway for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in West Virginia

About Berkeley County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Berkeley County: www.berkeleycountycomm.org/

The official website for State of West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ridgeway) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ridgeway. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2973, Longitude: -78.0717     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ridgeway 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: findagrave.com.

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

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