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Our Genealogical Helper for Sand Ridge ...

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 Sand Ridge (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 Sand Ridge. 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.

Name Variations for Sand Ridge ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Sand Ridge.

  • Typical abbreviation for Sand Ridge: Sand Rdg. (or less commonly used: Sand Rdge. or Sand Ridg.)

Newspapers Published in Sand Ridge ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sand Ridge.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sand Ridge, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sand Ridge.

Cemeteries Near Sand Ridge ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sand Ridge.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sturm Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WSW Mace Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barr Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Arnoldsburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bannon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Knotts Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Roling Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sycamore Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hays Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Greathouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Orma Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Booher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Chenowith - Reip Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sylvester Stump Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bennett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Zeke Run Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gibson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Husk Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Minnora Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fairview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Downey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Elihu - Stump Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Collins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Snakeroot Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Wayne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wayne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fink Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mollohan Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bailey - Siers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Boone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Earl Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Slider Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Conley Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Walnut Cemetery   [Map]     
  S King Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beech Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Goodrich Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Orton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Turner Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Hur Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW Clark Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McCune Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bourn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mollahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bryners Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Coon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Starcher Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Betts Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Moss Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Starcher Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Dry Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Chewning Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jarvis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Matheny Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Stalman 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 Sand Ridge in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sand Ridge.

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

Sycamore   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sand Ridge
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Sycamore had a post office and no railroad service
Arnoldsburg   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sand Ridge
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Arnoldsburg had a post office and no railroad service
Staten   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Sand Ridge
 - Staten had a post office and no railroad service
Altizer   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sand Ridge
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Altizer had a post office and no railroad service
Stumptown   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sand Ridge
 - Stumptown had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Zion   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sand Ridge
 - Mount Zion had a post office and no railroad service
Beech   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Sand Ridge
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Beech had a post office and no railroad service
Minnora   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sand Ridge
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Minnora had a post office and no railroad service
Rosedale   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sand Ridge
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Rosedale 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 Sand Ridge. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sand Ridge 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 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.

Sand Ridge is located in Calhoun County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Calhoun County: Braxton, Clay, Gilmer, Ritchie, Roane & Wirt.

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

Calhoun     (The home county for Sand Ridge)
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   W   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Orma   [Map]   SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Mudfork   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clem   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Exchange   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Arnett   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Gassaway   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Sutton   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burnsville   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Canfield   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Heaters   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Valley Fork   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Harrison   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Clay   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Hartland   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      West Union   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Kentuck   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Clendenin   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Aarons   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Elkview   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Pinch   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Sissonville   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Airport Village   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cox Town   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Smith Village   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Weston   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Valley Chapel   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Garton Village   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Muddlety   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tioga   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Summersville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beech Glen   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Craigsville   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Liberty   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Cicerone   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Frenchton   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wilsontown   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Erbacon   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Cleveland   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Hacker Valley   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cowen   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Camden-on-Gauley   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Excelsior   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Upperglade   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Slate   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Sand Ridge:

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 Calhoun County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Braxton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay 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    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kanawha County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Putnam County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Ritchie County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Upshur County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Webster County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Calhoun County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Calhoun 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 Diaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of West Virginia

About Calhoun County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sand Ridge. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.8018, Longitude: -81.0668     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sand Ridge 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 Sand Ridge, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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