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Our Genealogy Helper for Colonias ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Colonias (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 Colonias. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors 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.

Colonias is located in Guadalupe 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 Guadalupe County: DeBaca, Lincoln, Quay, San Miguel & Torrance.

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

  • Guadalupe County     (The home county of Colonias)
    • Dilia [Guadalupe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dilia
      • Dilia [Guadalupe County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Colonias
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dilia
    • Santa Rosa [Guadalupe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Santa Rosa
      • Santa Rosa [Guadalupe County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Colonias
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,625 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Santa Rosa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Santa Rosa<2>
    • Anton Chico [Guadalupe County]
    • Upper Anton Chico [Guadalupe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Upper Anton Chico
      • Upper Anton Chico [Guadalupe County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the west of Colonias
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Upper Anton Chico
    • Pastura [Guadalupe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pastura
      • Pastura [Guadalupe County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the south of Colonias
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pastura
    • Dahlia [Guadalupe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dahlia
      • Dahlia [Guadalupe County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the west of Colonias
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dahlia have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dahlia
    • Cuervo [Guadalupe County]
    • Newkirk [Guadalupe County]
    • Vaughn [Guadalupe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vaughn
      • Vaughn [Guadalupe County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Colonias
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 395 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vaughn
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vaughn<2>
  • San Miguel County
    • Apache Springs [San Miguel County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Apache Springs
      • Apache Springs [San Miguel County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Colonias
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Apache Springs
    • El Cerrito [San Miguel County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for El Cerrito
      • El Cerrito [San Miguel County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Colonias
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on El Cerrito
    • Villanueva [San Miguel County]
    • Serafina [San Miguel County]
    • Ribera [San Miguel County]
    • Las Vegas [San Miguel County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Las Vegas
      • Las Vegas [San Miguel County] lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Colonias
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,826 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Las Vegas
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Las Vegas<2>

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

Newspapers Published in Colonias ...

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 58 newspapers that have been published in the area around Colonias.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Colonias, there are papers which were published within 40 miles [64.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Colonias.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 Colonias:

  • 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

Cemeteries Near Colonias ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Colonias.

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

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.<5>

While we didn't find Colonias in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Colonias.

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

  • Santa Rosa [Guadalupe County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Santa Rosa
    • Santa Rosa [Guadalupe County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Colonias
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 26 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,625 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Santa Rosa had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Santa Rosa
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Santa Rosa<2>
  • Puerto De Luna [Guadalupe County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Puerto De Luna
    • Puerto De Luna [Guadalupe County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the southeast of Colonias
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 92 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Puerto De Luna had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Puerto De Luna have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Puerto De Luna

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

Mentions & References for Colonias

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for New Mexico

About Guadalupe County

About New Mexico

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

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Colonias) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Colonias. 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 ColoniasOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Colonias. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.1100, Longitude: -104.8478    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<3>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.
<4>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.
<5>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 Colonias, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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