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Our Genealogical Helper for Runners Ferry ...

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 Runners Ferry (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 Runners Ferry. 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 Runners Ferry ...

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 Runners Ferry.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Runners Ferry, 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 Runners Ferry.

Cemeteries Near Runners Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Runners Ferry.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Mt. Carmel Graveyard   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Snyders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Johnsontown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Green Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Park Head Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Allensville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chestnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pittman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hedgesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Little Georgetown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Hedges Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Falling Waters Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Little Metropolitan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Orchard Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Tomahawk Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Union Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Stone Bridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Butler Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Old Falling Waters Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Mahnes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Riner Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Pinesburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Alpine Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Duckwall Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Highland Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jones Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Light Cemetery #1   [Map]     
  NE Cushwa Cemetery   [Map]   [MIHP<3>]  
  NW Riverview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Michael Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Highland Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tuscarora Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Providence Quaker Cemetery   [Map]     
  E River View Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E St. Augustines Graveyard   [Map]     
  NE Secrest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Thomas Graveyard   [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>

While we didn't find Runners Ferry in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Runners Ferry.

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

Ernstville (MD)   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Runners Ferry
 - 1895 population of 67 people
 - Ernstville had a post office and no railroad service
Holton   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Runners Ferry
 - Holton had a post office and no railroad service
Green Spring Furnace (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East (E) from Runners Ferry
 - 1895 population of 120 people
 - Green Spring Furnace had a post office and no railroad service
Indian Springs (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Runners Ferry
 - 1895 population of 240 people
 - Indian Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Four Locks (MD)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Runners Ferry
 - 1895 population of 68 people
 - Four Locks had a post office and no railroad service
Hedgesville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Runners Ferry
 - 1895 population of 448 people (with 314 people in 2017)
 - Hedgesville had a post office and no railroad service
North Mountain   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Runners Ferry
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - North Mountain had a post office and railroad service
Little Georgetown   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Runners Ferry
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Little Georgetown had a post office and no railroad service
Sleepy Creek   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Runners Ferry
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Sleepy Creek had railroad service and no post office
Baxter   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Runners Ferry
 - Baxter 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 Runners Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Runners Ferry 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 and doctors 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.

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

Berkeley     (The home county for Runners Ferry)
      Hedgesville   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Falling Waters   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Bedington   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Martinsburg   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Scrabble   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Arden   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Baker Heights   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Inwood   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Bunker Hill   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Capon Bridge   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Slanesville   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Three Churches   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Augusta   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ritters   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shepherdstown   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bardane   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jefferson Village   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ranson   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Charles Town   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bolivar   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Harpers Ferry   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lower Town   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bloomery   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Kabletown   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ridgeley   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Carpendale   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fort Ashby   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Wiley Ford   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bath   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Berryville   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Paw Paw   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
Allegany (MD)
      Little Orleans (MD)   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Keifers (MD)   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Flintstone (MD)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oldtown (MD)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spring Gap (MD)   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cumberland (MD)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Shanty Town (MD) - Historic   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ellerslie (MD)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Frederick (MD)
      Myersville (MD)   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burkittsville (MD)   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Knoxville (MD)   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Middletown (MD)   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Brunswick (MD)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rosemont (MD)   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sabillasville (MD)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Braddock Heights (MD)   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Boss Arnold Village (MD)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jefferson (MD)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Thurmont (MD)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Woodlawn Village (MD)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Washington (MD)
      Big Pool (MD)   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      Clear Spring (MD)   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Williamsport (MD)   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Wilson-Conococheague (MD)   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hancock (MD)   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Halfway (MD)   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Saint James (MD)   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Fairplay (MD)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Hagerstown (MD)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Maugansville (MD)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Saint James Village (MD)   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Breathedsville (MD)   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
Adams (PA)
      Carroll Valley (PA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fairfield (PA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Orrtanna (PA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cashtown (PA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cashtown-McKnightstown (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Bedford (PA)
      Purcell (PA)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Breezewood (PA)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Everett (PA)   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rainsburg (PA)   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hopewell (PA)   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mount Dallas (PA)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ott Town (PA)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Coaldale (PA)   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bedford (PA)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Penn Wood (PA)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Saxton (PA)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Manns Choice (PA)   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Cumberland (PA)
      Shippensburg (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Franklin (PA)
      Mercersburg (PA)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Greencastle (PA)   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fort Loudon (PA)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Cashtown (PA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Waynecastle (PA)   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Marion (PA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Saint Thomas (PA)   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Waynesboro (PA)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wayne Heights (PA)   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Rouzerville (PA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cowans Village (PA)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Guilford (PA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Fulton (PA)
      Websters Mill (PA)   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      McConnellsburg (PA)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Harrisonville (PA)   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Valley-Hi (PA)   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Fort Littleton (PA)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
Huntingdon (PA)
      Three Springs (PA)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Broad Top City (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Saltillo (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clarke (VA)
      Gaylord (VA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Berryville (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Boyce (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Waterloo (VA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Frogtown (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      White Post (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Berrys (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Frederick (VA)
      White Hall (VA)   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Welltown (VA)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nordic Village (VA)   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Day - Mar Village (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Echo Village (VA)   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Stephens City (VA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
Loudoun (VA)
      Lovettsville (VA)   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bolington (VA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hillsboro (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Round Hill (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Purcellville (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Hamilton (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lucketts (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      White Pump (VA)   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Winchester City (VA)
      Winchester (VA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]

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

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 Runners Ferry:

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 Berkeley County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Hampshire County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mineral 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    
Frederick County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Adams County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bedford County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cumberland County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Franklin County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fulton County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Huntingdon County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clarke County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Frederick County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Loudoun 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,     of Berkeley County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of 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
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About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Runners Ferry. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.6190, Longitude: -78.0208     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Runners Ferry 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>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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<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 Runners Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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