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Our Genealogical Helper for Ruthdale ...

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 Ruthdale (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 Ruthdale. 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 Ruthdale ...

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 107 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ruthdale.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ruthdale, there are papers which were published within 12 miles [19.3 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ruthdale.

Cemeteries Near Ruthdale ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ruthdale.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Graceland Cemetery   [Map]     
  E French Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Childress Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cobbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NNW Grandview Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Joy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Glendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bays Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Thurston Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  N Bess Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Matthews Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Martin / Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Forks of Coal Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NE Swannor Watts Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brick Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Spring Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Hope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Newhouse Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Casdorph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bangor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cunningham Memorial Park   [Map]     
  W Templeton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Pate Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hess Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hunt - Donnally Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW College Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sutherland - White Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Henley Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Morris Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Morris Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Holstein Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rocky Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Burdette Lilly Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Layne Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Teays Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lanham Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dunlap Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bryant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Barker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Rumble Heights Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S McDerment Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Snodgrass Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Perry Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Barker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Hoffman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hawks Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Valley Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hanson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Thaxton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Goff Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sam Derrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hazlette Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Owen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kinder Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Price Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Price Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Courtney Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Kirk Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Snodgrass Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Marmet Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Younger Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Prouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Lacy Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Westfall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Monk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Good Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shorts Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Altz Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hodges 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>

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

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

Davis Creek   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Northeast (NE) from Ruthdale
 - Davis Creek had railroad service and no post office
Spring Hill   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Ruthdale
 - Spring Hill had a post office and railroad service
Mound - Historic   [Map]
 - While Mound was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Ruthdale
 - Mound had a post office and railroad service
South Ruffner   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Ruthdale
 - South Ruffner had railroad service and no post office
Charleston   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ruthdale
 - 1895 population of 6,742 people (with 47,929 people in 2017)
 - Charleston had a post office and railroad service
Saint Albans   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ruthdale
 - 1895 population of 1,375 people (with 100 people in 2017)
 - Saint Albans had a post office and railroad service
Kanawha City   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from Ruthdale
 - Kanawha City had a post office and railroad service
Sattes   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Ruthdale
 - 1895 population of 23 people
 - Sattes had a post office and railroad service
Tornado   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Ruthdale
 - Tornado had a post office and no railroad service
Malden   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Ruthdale
 - 1895 population of 355 people
 - Malden 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 Ruthdale. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ruthdale 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.

Ruthdale is located in Kanawha County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Kanawha County: Boone, Clay, Fayette, Jackson, Lincoln, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh & Roane.

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

Kanawha     (The home county for Ruthdale)
      South Charleston   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Rock Lake Village   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Dunbar   [Map]   NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Charleston   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Jefferson   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Saint Albans   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Kanawha City   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cross Lanes   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Tornado   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Nitro   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Dupont City   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dartmont   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Emmons   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Grippe   [Map]   S   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Ashford   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Rumble   [Map]   S   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Brushton   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Easly   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Johns   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Nellis   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Peytona   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Racine   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Ridgeview   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Culloden   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Milton   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Barboursville   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pea Ridge   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Crown City   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Huntington   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Clay   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Cannelton   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Smithers   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Powellton   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      McDunn   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Gauley Bridge   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Beckwith   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ansted   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pax   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Kaymoor - Historic   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alum Creek   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Sod   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Hamlin   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      West Hamlin   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Harts   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Wewanta   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Banco   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Big Creek   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Chapmanville   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Mitchell Heights   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Peach Creek   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Logan   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Logan   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hedgeview   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Thompson Town   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Troy Town   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Holden   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Switzer   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Upland   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Arbuckle   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Leon   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Baden   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Poca   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Raymond City   [Map]   NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Scott Village   [Map]   NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bancroft   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Teays Valley   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Teays Village   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hurricane   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Eleanor   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Fraziers Bottom   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Buffalo   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Packsville   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cove Gap   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Armilda   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wayne   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Gallia (OH)
      Bladen (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Crown City (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lawrence (OH)
      Athalia (OH)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Proctorville (OH)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Chesapeake (OH)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 - 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 Ruthdale:

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 Kanawha County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Boone County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cabell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lincoln County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Logan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wayne County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gallia County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Kanawha County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Kanawha 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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Communities in West Virginia

About Kanawha County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Kanawha County:

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ruthdale. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.3198, Longitude: -81.7229     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ruthdale 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 Ruthdale, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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