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Our Genealogical Helper for Ryanville ...

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 Ryanville (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 Ryanville. 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 Ryanville ...

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 53 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ryanville.

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

Cemeteries Near Ryanville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ryanville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Bridgeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Middleville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Shinns Run Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Old Side Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bailey Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Holy Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Adamsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Harmony Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bartlett Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Center Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stonewall Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Davison Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Astor Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Janes Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Nixon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Garrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hepzibah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fortney Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Nay Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Floral Hills Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSW Haymond Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW McIntyre Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Enterprise Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Simpson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Wamsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Claremont Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gore Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Greenlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Sunset Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Norman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Horeb Cemetery   [Map]     
  E West Virginia National Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Woodsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Linns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pine Bluff Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Milford Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Clare IOOF Cemetery<2>   [Map]     
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Adkinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wolfe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Radcliffe Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oreslip Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Tabor Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Walnut Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nuzum Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ash Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hardman Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Stouts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Gnatty Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Nutter Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Grafton National Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Grafton Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cochran Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Michael D Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Odell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shavers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wyatt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hall Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Sardis 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 Ryanville in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ryanville.

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

Bridgeport   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the Southwest (SW) from Ryanville
 - 1895 population of 455 people (with 8,635 people in 2017)
 - Bridgeport had a post office and railroad service
Meadland   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Ryanville
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Meadland had a post office and no railroad service
Oreide   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ryanville
 - 1895 population of 22 people
 - Oreide had a post office and no railroad service
Adamsville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Ryanville
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Adamsville had a post office and no railroad service
Flemington   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ryanville
 - 1895 population of 175 people (with 312 people in 2017)
 - Flemington had a post office and railroad service
McGee   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Ryanville
 - McGee had a post office and no railroad service
Boothsville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Ryanville
 - 1895 population of 223 people
 - Boothsville had a post office and no railroad service
Glen Falls   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Ryanville
 - Glen Falls had railroad service and no post office
Astor   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Ryanville
 - Astor 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 Ryanville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Ryanville 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 northeast 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 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 east 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.

Ryanville is located in Harrison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Harrison County: Barbour, Doddridge, Lewis, Marion, Taylor, Upshur & Wetzel.

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

Harrison     (The home county for Ryanville)
      Bridgeport   [Map]   SW   Less than 2 miles
      Despard   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Anmoore   [Map]   SW   5 miles [8 km]
      Shinnston   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Nutter Fort   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Stonewood   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Gore   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Enterprise   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lumberport   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Adamston   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Clarksburg   [Map]   W   7 miles [11.3 km]
      O'Neill   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Adaland   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Berryburg   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Elk City   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Philippi   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Wellington Heights   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Union   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Audra   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Valley Bend   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Belington   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Junior   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      West Union   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Jane Lew   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Camden   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Whitehall   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Helens Run   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Monongah   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Worthington   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Pleasant Valley   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fairmont   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Garden Village   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Barrackville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Farmington   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rivesville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Mannington   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Adaline   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cameron   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Smithtown   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arnettsville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cassville   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Granville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Westover   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brookhaven   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Morgantown   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Osage   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Star City   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Blacksville   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Baker Ridge   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Canyon   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Newburg   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Threefork Bridge   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Arthurdale   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Tunnelton   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Reedsville   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Masontown   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Heathers Run   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Rowlesburg   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kingwood   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Albright   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aurora   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Terra Alta   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Montrose   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tigheville   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Womelsdorf   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leadsville   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Elkins   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Beverly   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Flemington   [Map]   SE   5 miles [8 km]
      Fetterman   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Grafton   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Knottsville   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Parsons   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Hambleton   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hendricks   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Thomas   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Buckhannon   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Gormley   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hoover Town   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Smithfield   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Hundred   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Uniontown   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Barker   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Littleton   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Garrett (MD)
      Red House (MD)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Fayette (PA)
      Fairchance (PA)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Point Marion (PA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Masontown (PA)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Greene (PA)
      Greensboro (PA)   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Morrisville (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Waynesburg (PA)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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 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 Ryanville:

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 Harrison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Doddridge County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Gilmer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marshall County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monongalia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Preston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Taylor County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tucker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Garrett County (MD):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greene County (PA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Harrison County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Harrison 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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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Harrison 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 starting in Ryanville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ryanville) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ryanville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3145, Longitude: -80.2212     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Ryanville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>UMC is an abbreviation for the United Methodist Church

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

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