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Our Genealogical Helper for Artesia ...

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 Artesia (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 Artesia. 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 the area of Artesia ...

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 71 newspapers that have been published in the area around Artesia.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Artesia. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Artesia and those printed in the larger area surrounding Artesia.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 46 miles [74 km]<1> of Artesia.

Cemeteries Near Artesia ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Artesia.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  N Lake Arthur Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  S Lakewood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  S Old Lakewood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  S Seven Rivers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 18 miles [29 km]  
  WSW Hope South Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McDonald Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hagerman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  N Hagerman Masonic Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 21 miles [33.8 km]  
  W Hope West Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 26 miles [41.8 km]  
  S Rocky Arroyo 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 Artesia in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Artesia.

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

Seven Rivers   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the South (S) from Artesia
 - 1895 population of 218 people
 - Seven Rivers had a post office and no railroad service
Hope   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West (W) from Artesia
 - Hope 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 Artesia. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Artesia 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.

Artesia is located in Eddy County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Eddy County: Chaves, Lea, Otero, Culberson (TX), Loving (TX) & Reeves (TX).

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

Eddy     (The home county for Artesia)
      Hope   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Loco Hills   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      La Huerta   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Carlsbad   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lake Arthur   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Hagerman   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Dexter   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Roswell   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Maljamar   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

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 - although 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 Artesia:

These websites are specific to New Mexico:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the State Records Center and Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of New Mexico to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Eddy County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Chaves County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lea County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for New Mexico:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of New Mexico,     of Eddy County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for New Mexico     Cemetery Wiki for New Mexico
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of New Mexico,     of Eddy 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 New Mexico

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Eddy County

About New Mexico

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Eddy County:

The official website for State of New Mexico:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Artesia. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Artesia

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Artesia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.8422, Longitude: -104.4047     [Map].

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

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