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Our Genealogy Helper for Afton ...

So far, we have found very little information about Afton. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Afton to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Afton, please Contact Us.


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 Afton (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Afton. 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.

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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Afton is historic, it would have been located within present day Dona Ana County.

To see how the shape of New Mexico's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Dona Ana County: Luna, Otero, Sierra & El Paso (TX).

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

  • Dona Ana County     (The home county of Afton)
    • La Mesa [Dona Ana County]
    • Chamberino [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Chamberino
      • Chamberino [Dona Ana County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the east of Afton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chamberino
    • Mesquite [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesquite
      • Mesquite [Dona Ana County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the northeast of Afton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mesquite have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mesquite
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mesquite<3>
    • Vado [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vado
      • Vado [Dona Ana County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the east of Afton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vado have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vado
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vado<3>
    • Fairacres [Dona Ana County]
    • Mesilla [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesilla
      • Mesilla [Dona Ana County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the northeast of Afton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,844 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mesilla
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mesilla<3>
    • Mesilla Park [Dona Ana County]
    • Berino [Dona Ana County]
    • University Park [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for University Park
      • University Park [Dona Ana County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the northeast of Afton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for University Park have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on University Park
    • La Union [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for La Union
      • La Union [Dona Ana County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the southeast of Afton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on La Union
    • Anthony [Dona Ana County]
    • San Ysidro [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for San Ysidro
      • San Ysidro [Dona Ana County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the north of Afton
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Ysidro
    • Las Cruces [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Las Cruces
      • Las Cruces [Dona Ana County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the northeast of Afton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 105,096 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Las Cruces
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Las Cruces<3>
  • El Paso County (TX)
    • Anthony [El Paso County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Anthony
      • Anthony [El Paso County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<2> to the east of Afton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,257 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Anthony have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Anthony
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Anthony<3>
    • Vinton [El Paso County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vinton
      • Vinton [El Paso County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<2> to the east of Afton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,168 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Vinton have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vinton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vinton<3>
    • Westway [El Paso County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Westway
      • Westway [El Paso County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<2> to the east of Afton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Westway have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Westway
    • Canutillo [El Paso County]
    • Prado Verde [El Paso County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Prado Verde
      • Prado Verde [El Paso County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the southeast of Afton
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Prado Verde have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Prado Verde
    • El Paso [El Paso County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for El Paso
      • El Paso [El Paso County] lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<2> to the southeast of Afton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 681,534 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on El Paso
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for El Paso<3>

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

Newspapers Published in Afton ...

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 78 newspapers that have been published in the area around Afton.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Afton, there are papers which were published within 34 miles [54.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Afton.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Afton:

  • 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.
    • Stories from New Mexico
    • Stories from Texas

Cemeteries Near Afton ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Afton.

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

  • St. Josephs Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Josephs Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Josephs Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • St. Josephs Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<2> to the east of Afton.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Josephs Cemetery
  • Chamberino Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Chamberino Cemetery
    • Chamberino Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the east of Afton.
    • Chamberino Cemetery has also been known as:
    • San Luis Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Chamberino Cemetery
  • San Albino Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the San Albino Cemetery
    • San Albino Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the northeast of Afton.
    • San Albino Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Mesilla Valley Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Albino Cemetery
  • Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the north of Afton.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery
  • Tortugas Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Tortugas Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Tortugas Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Tortugas Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the northeast of Afton.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tortugas Cemetery
  • Old Berino Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Old Berino Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Old Berino Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Old Berino Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<2> to the east of Afton.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Old Berino Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Dona Ana County Cemetery
    • St. Joseph Cemetery
    • Odd Fellow Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Odd Fellow Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Odd Fellow Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Odd Fellow Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<2> to the northeast of Afton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Odd Fellow Cemetery
    • Community Cemetery
    • Canutillo Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Canutillo Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Canutillo Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Canutillo Cemetery lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the southeast of Afton.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canutillo Cemetery

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.

Afton itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having railroad service and no post office.

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

  • Afton [Dona Ana County] - Historic
    • While Afton was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Afton
    • Afton [Dona Ana County] was located less than 2 miles<2> to the southeast of Afton
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Afton had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Afton have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Lanark [Dona Ana County] - Historic
    • While Lanark was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lanark
    • Lanark [Dona Ana County] was located 10 miles [16.1 km]<2> to the southeast of Afton
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Lanark had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lanark have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Aden [Dona Ana County] - Historic
    • While Aden was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aden
    • Aden [Dona Ana County] was located 12 miles [19.3 km]<2> to the northwest of Afton
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Aden had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Aden have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Mesquite [Dona Ana County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesquite
    • Mesquite [Dona Ana County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<2> to the northeast of Afton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Mesquite had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mesquite have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mesquite
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mesquite<3>
  • Mesilla [Dona Ana County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesilla
    • Mesilla [Dona Ana County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<2> to the northeast of Afton
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 137 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,844 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Mesilla had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mesilla
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mesilla<3>
  • Mesilla Park [Dona Ana County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesilla Park
    • Mesilla Park [Dona Ana County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<2> to the northeast of Afton
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Mesilla Park had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mesilla Park
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mesilla Park<3>
  • Continue List ...
    • Strauss [Dona Ana County] - Historic
      • While Strauss was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Strauss
      • Strauss [Dona Ana County] was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the southeast of Afton
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Strauss had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Strauss have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Anthony [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Anthony
      • Anthony [Dona Ana County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the east of Afton
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 91 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Anthony had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Anthony
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Anthony<3>
    • Las Cruces [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Las Cruces
      • Las Cruces [Dona Ana County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<2> to the northeast of Afton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 105,096 people
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Las Cruces had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Las Cruces
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Las Cruces<3>
    • Canutillo [El Paso County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canutillo
      • Canutillo [El Paso County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the southeast of Afton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Canutillo had railroad service and no post office
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canutillo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Canutillo<3>
    • Dona Ana [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dona Ana
      • Dona Ana [Dona Ana County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<2> to the north of Afton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Dona Ana had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dona Ana have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dona Ana
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dona Ana<3>
    • Montoya [El Paso County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montoya
      • Montoya [El Paso County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the southeast of Afton
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Montoya had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Montoya have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montoya
    • Leasburg [Dona Ana County] - Historic
      • While Leasburg was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leasburg
      • Leasburg [Dona Ana County] was located 26 miles [41.8 km]<2> to the north of Afton
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Leasburg had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Leasburg have been provided by the GNIS.<4> The coordinates still need to be verified.

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Afton. See our List of 1890's Communities around Afton.

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Afton ...

While our initial data about Afton came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Afton in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Afton.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Afton:
Services available in 1895: had a Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Afton. See our Misc Page for Afton for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in New Mexico

About Dona Ana County

About New Mexico

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Dona Ana County: www.co.dona-ana.nm.us/

The official website for State of New Mexico: www.newmexico.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Afton, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Afton) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Afton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.0729, Longitude: -106.9442       In this case, the coordinates for Afton have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<5>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: findagrave.com.






















 

 

 

 

 


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