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Our Genealogical Helper for Sandhill ...

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 Sandhill (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 Sandhill. 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 Sandhill ...

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 47 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sandhill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sandhill, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sandhill.

Cemeteries Near Sandhill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sandhill.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW McMullen Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Rexroach Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Newland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Stewart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Goose Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Elfritz Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Rizer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Greenhill Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Metz Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lamb Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Layfields Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Schultz Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Middle Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Everly Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ingram Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Farr Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Swisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lynch Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Douglas Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sinclair Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Corbin Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Calcutta Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Harness Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Grant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Beha Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Freeport Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Beckner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mason Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Heck Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Six Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fairmont Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pine Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lower Newport Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Farrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Snider Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Beech Grove United Brethren Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Newport Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Sharp - Prince Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Farson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Mt. Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Caplinger Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Byrd Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Fought Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Morris Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Nine Mile Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Cloverdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW East Lawn Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethel Presbyterian Church 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 Sandhill in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sandhill.

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

Nutter Farm   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sandhill
 - Nutter Farm had a post office and no railroad service
Borland   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sandhill
 - Borland had a post office and no railroad service
Deerwalk   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Sandhill
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Deerwalk had a post office and no railroad service
Horseneck   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Sandhill
 - 1895 population of 38 people
 - Horseneck had a post office and no railroad service
Eaton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sandhill
 - Eaton had railroad service and no post office
Petroleum   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Sandhill
 - 1895 population of 105 people
 - Petroleum had a post office and railroad service
Schultz   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sandhill
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Schultz had a post office and no railroad service
Cluster   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sandhill
 - Cluster 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 Sandhill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sandhill 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.

Sandhill is located in Ritchie County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Ritchie County: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Pleasants, Tyler, Wirt & Wood.

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

Ritchie     (The home county for Sandhill)
      Cairo   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   E   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   E   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Arnoldsburg   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Orma   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      West Union   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Smithburg   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Glenville   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Truebada   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Sand Fork   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Camden   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Flint Town   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Atwood   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pine Grove   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Barker   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bebee   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bane   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Slate   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      North Hills   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Boaz   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Williamstown   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mineral Wells   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
Athens (OH)
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Armadale (OH)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Amesville (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mudsock (OH) - Historic   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Carsey Town (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Monroe (OH)
      Graysville (OH)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Plainview (OH)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Stafford (OH)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lewisville (OH)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Woodsfield (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Miltonsburg (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Morgan (OH)
      Stockport (OH)   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Chesterhill (OH)   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Noble (OH)
      Dexter City (OH)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Caldwell (OH)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Summerfield (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Olive Green (OH)   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sarahsville (OH)   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Belle Valley (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Washington (OH)
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Marietta (OH)   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Devola (OH)   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lowell (OH)   [Map]   NW   23 miles [37 km]
      Redbush (OH)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Macksburg (OH)   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Beverly (OH)   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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 Sandhill:

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 Ritchie County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Calhoun 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    
Harrison County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lewis County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Roane County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tyler County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wetzel County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wirt County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wood County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Athens County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Meigs County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noble County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington 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 Ritchie County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Ritchie 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 ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of West Virginia

About Ritchie County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sandhill. 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' (or point-to-point) distance that begins in Sandhill. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sandhill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sandhill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.2534, Longitude: -81.2643     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sandhill 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 Sandhill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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