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Rockridge, West Virginia

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Our Genealogy Helper for Rockridge ...

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 Rockridge (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 Rockridge. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Rockridge is located in McDowell County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of McDowell County: Buchanan (VA), Tazewell (VA), Mercer, Mingo & Wyoming.

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

McDowell     (The home county for Rockridge)
  Bradshaw   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Union City   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Iaeger   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Big Sandy   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  War   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Wyoming City   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Davy   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Welch   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Gary   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Kimball   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Thorpe   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Anawalt   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Greenwood   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rocklick   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bald Knob   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Barrett   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Pondco   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Stark   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bim   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lindytown - Historic   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Cazy   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Clothier   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kohlsaat   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Twilight   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mallory   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Mineral City   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Man   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Omar   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Switzer   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Logan   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Holden   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hedgeview   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Thompson Town   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Peach Creek   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  West Logan   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Troy Town   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Coopers   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bramwell   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Montcalm   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Matoaka   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bluefield   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Edison   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Johnston Town   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Baisden   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Gilbert Creek   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Wharncliffe   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Pie   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Musick   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Blackberry City   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Matewan   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Red Jacket   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Delbarton   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Williamson   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Chattaroy   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rhodell   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Eastgulf   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Helen   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Fairdale   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lester   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Arnett   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Sophia   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Tolleys   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Coal City   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cub City   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Baileysville   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Uno   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Clear Fork   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mullensville   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Oceana   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bud   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Mullens   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Pike (KY)
  Stopover (KY)   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Majestic (KY)   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Phelps (KY)   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Freeburn (KY)   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ransom (KY)   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Fedscreek (KY)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Mouthcard (KY)   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  McCarr (KY)   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lick Creek (KY)   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  McVeigh (KY)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Pinsonfork (KY)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  McAndrews (KY)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
Buchanan (VA)
  Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Kelsa (VA)   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Janey (VA)   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Grundy (VA)   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Royal City (VA)   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Vansant (VA)   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
Dickenson (VA)
  Haysi (VA)   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Clinchco (VA)   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Clintwood (VA)   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Russell (VA)
  Dye (VA)   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Russell (VA)   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Honaker (VA)   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cleveland (VA)   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lebanon (VA)   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Spring City (VA)   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Smyth (VA)
  Cardwell Town (VA)   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Allison Gap (VA)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Saltville (VA)   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Chilhowie (VA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Marion (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mount Carmel (VA)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Tazewell (VA)
  Dunford Village (VA)   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Richlands (VA)   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cedar Bluff (VA)   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Raven (VA)   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Claypool Hill (VA)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Abbs Valley (VA)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Tazewell (VA)   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Boissevain (VA)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pocahontas (VA)   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bluefield (VA)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Little Town (VA)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
Washington (VA)
  Fleet (VA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Glade Spring (VA)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Rockridge ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Rockridge.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Vance Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Roberts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Brant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Candy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Horn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Estep Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Powell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Vance Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Atwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Riffe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Blevins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kelly Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Estep Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Lester Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lester Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Keen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Keen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Keen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Keen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Buckeye Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Steele Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Roe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Puckett Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rose Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Deskins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bowles Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lockhart Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Lester Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hagerman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Robert Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Robert Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Stacy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stacy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Horne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Horne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Horne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Horne Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Blankenship Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Blankenship Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wimmer Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Knob Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Stacy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Cantrell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  S White Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kaiser Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cole Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Day Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lomax Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Trap Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Robertson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lester Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burke Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blankenship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Rife Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lockhart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Cline Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mullins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S White Cemetery   [Map]     
  S White Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Altizer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Altizer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Iaeger Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Haggy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lockhart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Estep Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Justice Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Blankenship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cline Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Justice Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lester Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Stacy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lockhart Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Matney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rife Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Coleman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blankenship Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Blankenship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW McClanahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mounts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sullivan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hurley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Justice Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Rockridge ...

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 9 newspapers that have been published in the area around Rockridge.

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

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 Rockridge in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Rockridge.

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

Bradshaw   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Rockridge
 - Bradshaw had a post office and no railroad service
Iaeger   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Rockridge
 - 1895 population of 51 people (with 255 people in 2017)
 - Iaeger had a post office and no railroad service
Bearwallow (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rockridge
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Bearwallow had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Hill (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Rockridge
 - Pleasant Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Hanover   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N) from Rockridge
 - Hanover had a post office and no railroad service
North Spring   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N) from Rockridge
 - 1895 population of 129 people
 - North Spring had a post office and no railroad service
Shack Mills (VA)   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Rockridge
 - 1895 population of 21 people
 - Shack Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Lincoln   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Rockridge
 - Lincoln 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 Rockridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Rockridge in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites of 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 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 Rockridge:

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 McDowell County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Mingo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Wyoming County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pike County (KY):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Buchanan County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dickenson County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Smyth County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tazewell County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Washington County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries for West Virginia, for McDowell County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for West Virginia   Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
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Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a '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- Rockridge) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Rockridge. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3768, Longitude: -81.8268     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Rockridge 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 Rockridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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