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Our Genealogy Helper for Luna ...

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 Luna (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 Luna. 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most 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.

Luna is located in Catron 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 Catron County: Apache (AZ), Greenlee (AZ), Cibola, Grant, Sierra & Socorro.

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

  • Catron County     (The home county of Luna)
    • Reserve (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reserve
      • Reserve lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Luna and is located in Catron County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 285 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reserve
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Reserve<2>
    • Cruzville (16 miles [25.7 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cruzville
      • Cruzville lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the east of Luna and is located in Catron County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cruzville
    • Apache Creek (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Apache Creek
      • Apache Creek lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the east of Luna and is located in Catron County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Apache Creek
    • Aragon (24 miles [38.6 km] to the east)
    • Alma (30 miles [48.3 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alma
      • Alma lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the south of Luna and is located in Catron County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alma
    • Mogollon (30 miles [48.3 km] to the south) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mogollon
      • Mogollon was located 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the south of Luna and is located in Catron County
    • Glenwood (34 miles [54.7 km] to the south)
  • Apache County (AZ)
    • Alpine (10 miles [16.1 km] to the west)
    • Nutrioso (17 miles [27.4 km] to the northwest)
    • Eagar (27 miles [43.5 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eagar
      • Eagar lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Luna and is located in Apache County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,956 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eagar
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eagar<2>
    • Springerville (28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springerville
      • Springerville lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Luna and is located in Apache County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,985 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springerville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Springerville<2>
    • Greer (31 miles [49.9 km] to the northwest)
  • Greenlee County (AZ)
    • Blue (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southwest)
    • Sprucedale (21 miles [33.8 km] to the west) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sprucedale
      • Sprucedale was located 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the west of Luna and is located in Greenlee County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sprucedale have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.

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

Newspapers Published in Luna ...

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 14 newspapers that have been published in the area around Luna.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Luna, 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 Luna.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start 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 Luna:

  • 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 Arizona
    • Stories from New Mexico

Cemeteries Near Luna ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Luna.

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 Luna 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.<6>

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

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

  • Nutrioso (Apache County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nutrioso
    • Nutrioso lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Luna and is located in Apache County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 55 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Nutrioso had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nutrioso
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nutrioso<2>
  • Springerville (Apache County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Springerville
    • Springerville lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Luna and is located in Apache County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 443 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,985 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Springerville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Springerville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Springerville<2>

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

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Luna

Find a Community within New Mexico

About Catron County

About New Mexico

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Luna. 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 from Point A (ie- Luna) 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 Luna. 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 LunaOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Luna. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8188, Longitude: -108.9564    
<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>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<6>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 Luna, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.




 

 

 

 

 


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