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Our Genealogical Helper for Summit ...

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 Summit (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 Summit. 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 Summit ...

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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Summit.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Summit, there are papers which were published within 6 miles [9.7 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Summit.

Cemeteries Near Summit ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Summit.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Varner Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WSW Way Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Hiatt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Harkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mayo Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Pugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Uhl Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Riverview Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Spencer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Spencer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Chichester Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Henderson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Neale Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Rosemar United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Ogden Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tunnel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Christopher Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Spring Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Woodyard Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Arlington Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Moriah Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Harper Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Williamstown Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hopkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Dunham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Parkersburg Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  S Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Dils Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Compton Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kinnaird Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE River View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Harmar Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Warren Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Brabham Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Riverview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holliday Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Xaviers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sharp - Prince Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E East Lawn Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE New St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Barnett Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNW Churchtown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Rockland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cedarville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tavenner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Foley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
  S McPherson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Red Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hopkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Corner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Maddox Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW River Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tracewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Posey Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Sunset Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SSW Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Corbin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sinclair Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Evangelical Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Harness Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lynch Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Putnam Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Barlow Central Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Veto Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Edelen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Richards Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Vandevier Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Farrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Farson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Deming Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Lower Newport Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Beech Grove Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Stanleyville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE St. Jacobs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Rainbow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Woodruff Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lubeck Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant View Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Deem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ruble Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tracewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Creel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kincheloe Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Ross - McCardle Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Creel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Creel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Vaughn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kanawha United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Mt. Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Grant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pleasant Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Middle Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Henry Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chambers Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Chapman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW North Watertown Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fairfield 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 Summit in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Summit.

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

Briscoe   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the West Southwest (WSW) from Summit
 - Briscoe had railroad service and no post office
Constitution (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Summit
 - 1895 population of 78 people
 - Constitution had a post office and railroad service
Vienna   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Summit
 - Vienna had a post office and railroad service
Boreman   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Summit
 - Boreman had a post office and no railroad service
Valley Mills   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Summit
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Valley Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Williamstown   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Summit
 - 1895 population of 376 people (with 2,906 people in 2017)
 - Williamstown had a post office and railroad service
Harmar (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Summit
 - 1895 population of 1,684 people
 - Harmar had railroad service and no post office
West Marietta (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Summit
 - West Marietta had railroad service and no post office
McAvan (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Summit
 - McAvan had railroad service and no post office
Marietta (OH)   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Summit
 - 1895 population of 8,273 people (with 13,673 people in 2017)
 - Marietta 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 Summit. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Summit 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Summit is located in Wood County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Wood County: Athens (OH), Meigs (OH), Washington (OH), Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie & Wirt.

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

Wood     (The home county for Summit)
      Boaz   [Map]   NE   Less than 2 miles
      North Hills   [Map]   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Vienna   [Map]   SW   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Williamstown   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Parkers Towne   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Parkersburg   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Blennerhassett   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Pleasant View   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Lubeck   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Washington   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Kanawha   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Mineral Acres   [Map]   S   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Grantsville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      West Union   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Odaville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ravenswood   [Map]   SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Flatwoods   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ripley   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Hartford City   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Haven   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mason   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Saint Marys   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hebron   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cairo   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ellenboro   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cantwell   [Map]   SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Harrisville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pennsboro   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Pullman   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Reedy   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Spencer   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Friendly   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Sistersville   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Middlebourne   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Paden City   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      New Martinsville   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Greencastle   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Freeport   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Elizabeth   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Peewee   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Burning Springs   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
Athens (OH)
      Coolville (OH)   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Armadale (OH)   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Amesville (OH)   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Mudsock (OH) - Historic   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Carsey Town (OH)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Nebo (OH) - Historic   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Athens (OH)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Jacksonville (OH)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Liars Corner (OH) - Historic   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Trimble (OH)   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Chauncey (OH)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Glouster (OH)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Guernsey (OH)
      Cumberland (OH)   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Bluebell (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pleasant City (OH)   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Senecaville (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hocking (OH)
      Murray City (OH)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Town (OH)   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      New Pittsburg (OH)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Candy Town (OH)   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Sand Run (OH)   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Meigs (OH)
      Keno (OH)   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bashan (OH)   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Racine (OH)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Syracuse (OH)   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pomeroy (OH)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Thomas Village (OH)   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Middleport (OH)   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rutland (OH)   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Monroe (OH)
      Graysville (OH)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Stafford (OH)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Antioch (OH)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Plainview (OH)   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lewisville (OH)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Woodsfield (OH)   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Miltonsburg (OH)   [Map]   NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Jerusalem (OH)   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Morgan (OH)
      Stockport (OH)   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Chesterhill (OH)   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Malta (OH)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McConnelsville (OH)   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Morganville (OH)   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
Muskingum (OH)
      Philo (OH)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Noble (OH)
      Dexter City (OH)   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Caldwell (OH)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Olive Green (OH)   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Belle Valley (OH)   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sarahsville (OH)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Summerfield (OH)   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Batesville (OH)   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Perry (OH)
      Chapel Hill (OH) - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      San Toy (OH) - Historic   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Corning (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rendville (OH)   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hemlock (OH)   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Washington (OH)
      Marietta (OH)   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Sandhill (OH)   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Belpre (OH)   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Devola (OH)   [Map]   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Redbush (OH)   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Lowell (OH)   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Lower Salem (OH)   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Beverly (OH)   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Macksburg (OH)   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Grandview (OH)   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Matamoras (OH)   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]

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

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 either 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 Summit:

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 Wood 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    
Jackson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pleasants 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    
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    
Athens County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Guernsey County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hocking 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    
Muskingum County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Noble County (OH):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Perry 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 Wood County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Wood County

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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.

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Summit. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.3545, Longitude: -81.5118     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Summit 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 Summit, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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