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Moreno, New Mexico

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Our Genealogy Helper for Moreno ...

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

We've added Moreno to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Moreno, 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 Moreno (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 Moreno. 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.

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 and hospitals 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.

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

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Colfax County: Costilla (CO), Las Animas (CO), Harding, Mora, Taos & Union.

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

Colfax     (The home county for Moreno)
  Virginia City - Historic   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]<2>
  Eagle Nest   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Idlewild   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Lakeview Pines   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Ute Park   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Angel Fire   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Cimarron   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dawson - Historic   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Miami   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Chacon   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Guadalupita   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Los Huerros   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ocate   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Red River   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Taos Ski Valley   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Questa   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Arroyo Seco   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Taos Pueblo   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Valdez   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Kiowa Village   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Lama   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Buena Vista   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cerro   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Valle Escondido   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  San Cristobal   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
Costilla (CO)
  Garcia (CO)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Jaroso (CO)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  San Pablo (CO)   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Chama (CO)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  San Luis (CO)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Las Animas (CO)
  Monument Park (CO)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Weston (CO)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Moreno ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Moreno.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Moreno covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WNW Red River Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<3>]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Jackson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 16 miles [25.7 km]  
  WNW Veterans Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  WNW St. Anthony Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  NW Latir Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Chapel of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW El Cerro Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 22 miles [35.4 km]  
  WSW Rael Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sierra Vista Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Campo Santo del Pueblo Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Black Lake Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Moreno ...

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 31 newspapers that have been published in the area around Moreno.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Moreno, there are papers which were published within 49 miles [78.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Moreno.

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.

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

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

Elizabethtown - Historic   [Map]
 - While Elizabethtown was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Moreno
 - 1895 population of 127 people
 - Elizabethtown had a post office and no railroad service
Questa   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Moreno
 - 1895 population of 72 people (with 1,755 people in 2018)
 - Questa had a post office and no railroad service
Arroyo Seco   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Moreno
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Arroyo Seco had a post office and no railroad service
Cerro   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Moreno
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Cerro had a post office and no railroad service
Arroyo Hondo   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Moreno
 - 1895 population of 61 people
 - Arroyo Hondo had a post office and no railroad service
Cimarron   [Map]
 - Located 22 miles [35.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Moreno
 - 1895 population of 218 people (with 899 people in 2018)
 - Cimarron had a post office and no railroad service
Taos   [Map]
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Moreno
 - 1895 population of 306 people (with 5,971 people in 2018)
 - Taos had a post office and no railroad service
Costilla   [Map]
 - Located 26 miles [41.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Moreno
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Costilla 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 Moreno. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Moreno in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Moreno:

These websites are specific to New Mexico:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Colfax County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Mora County:     Cyndi's



Taos County:     Cyndi's



Costilla County (CO):     Cyndi's



Las Animas County (CO):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for New Mexico:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of New Mexico,
Cemeteries of Colfax County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for New Mexico   Cemetery Wiki for New Mexico
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for New Mexico, for Colfax 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in New Mexico

About Colfax County

About New Mexico

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of New Mexico:

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

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<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- Moreno) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Moreno. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.6536, Longitude: -105.2825     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Moreno have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<3>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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