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Our Genealogy Helper for Lake Sumner ...

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 Lake Sumner (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 Lake Sumner. 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.

Name Variations for Lake Sumner ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

For example, a typical abbreviation for Lake Sumner: Lk. Sumner

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

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 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.

Lake Sumner is located in DeBaca 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 DeBaca County: Chaves, Guadalupe, Lincoln, Quay & Roosevelt.

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

  • DeBaca County     (The home county of Lake Sumner)
    • Fort Sumner [DeBaca County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Sumner
      • Fort Sumner [DeBaca County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Lake Sumner
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 854 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Sumner
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fort Sumner<2>
    • Yeso [DeBaca County]
    • Taiban [DeBaca County]
  • Guadalupe County
    • Cuervo [Guadalupe County]
    • Santa Rosa [Guadalupe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Santa Rosa
      • Santa Rosa [Guadalupe County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Lake Sumner
      • 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>
    • Newkirk [Guadalupe County]
  • Quay County
    • House [Quay County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for House
      • House [Quay County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the east of Lake Sumner
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 61 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on House
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for House<2>
    • McAlister [Quay County]

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

Newspapers Published in Lake Sumner ...

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 22 newspapers that have been published in the area around Lake Sumner.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Lake Sumner, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Lake Sumner.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These 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 Lake Sumner:

  • 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 Lake Sumner ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Lake Sumner.

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

  • Salado Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Salado Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Salado Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salado Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #38393<4>
  • Salado Creek Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Salado Creek Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Salado Creek Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Salado Creek Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #38394<4>
  • Guadalupe Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Guadalupe Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Guadalupe Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Guadalupe Cemetery
  • Locust Grove Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Locust Grove Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Locust Grove Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Locust Grove Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of Lake Sumner.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Locust Grove Cemetery
  • Ft. Sumner Cemetery
  • Gerhardt Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Mt. Zion Cemetery
    • Morris Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Morris Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Morris Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Morris Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the south of Lake Sumner.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Morris Cemetery
    • La Lande Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the La Lande Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the La Lande Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • La Lande Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Lake Sumner.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on La Lande Cemetery
    • Alamo Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Alamo Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Alamo Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Alamo Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Lake Sumner.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alamo Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #37934<4>
    • Ricardo Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ricardo Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ricardo Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Ricardo Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Lake Sumner.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ricardo Cemetery
    • Lone Mesa Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lone Mesa Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lone Mesa Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Lone Mesa Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the east of Lake Sumner.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lone Mesa Cemetery
      • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #38187<4>
    • Yeso Catholic Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Yeso Catholic Cemetery
      • Yeso Catholic Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the southwest of Lake Sumner.
      • Yeso Catholic Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Yeso Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Yeso Catholic Cemetery
    • Old Ft. Sumner Cemetery
    • Nuestra Senora De Refugio 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.<5>

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

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

  • Puerto De Luna [Guadalupe County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Puerto De Luna
    • Puerto De Luna [Guadalupe County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Lake Sumner
    • 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
  • Santa Rosa [Guadalupe County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Santa Rosa
    • Santa Rosa [Guadalupe County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Lake Sumner
    • 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>

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

Mentions & References for Lake Sumner

Find a Community in New Mexico

About DeBaca County

About New Mexico

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Lake Sumner. 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Lake Sumner) 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 Lake Sumner. 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 Lake SumnerOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Lake Sumner. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.6228, Longitude: -104.3766       In this case, the coordinates for Lake Sumner have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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 Lake Sumner, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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