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Our Genealogy Helper for Ruidoso ...

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 Ruidoso (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 Ruidoso. 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 southeast 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 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 east 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.

Ruidoso is located in Lincoln 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 Lincoln County: Chaves, DeBaca, Guadalupe, Otero, Sierra, Socorro & Torrance.

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

  • Lincoln County     (The home county of Ruidoso)
    • Alpine Cellars Village [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alpine Cellars Village
      • Alpine Cellars Village [Lincoln County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Ruidoso
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alpine Cellars Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alpine Cellars Village
    • Alto [Lincoln County]
    • Sierra Vista [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sierra Vista
      • Sierra Vista [Lincoln County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruidoso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sierra Vista
    • Hollywood [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hollywood
      • Hollywood [Lincoln County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Ruidoso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hollywood
    • Ruidoso Downs [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ruidoso Downs
      • Ruidoso Downs [Lincoln County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Ruidoso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,631 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ruidoso Downs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ruidoso Downs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ruidoso Downs<3>
    • Bonito [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bonito
      • Bonito [Lincoln County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruidoso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bonito
    • Fort Stanton [Lincoln County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Stanton
      • Fort Stanton [Lincoln County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Ruidoso
    • Glencoe [Lincoln County]
    • Capitan [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Capitan
      • Capitan [Lincoln County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the north of Ruidoso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,457 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Capitan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Capitan
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Capitan<3>
    • Nogal [Lincoln County]
    • Lincoln [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lincoln
      • Lincoln [Lincoln County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of Ruidoso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lincoln
    • Hondo [Lincoln County]
    • Carrizozo [Lincoln County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carrizozo
      • Carrizozo [Lincoln County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruidoso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 950 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carrizozo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carrizozo<3>
  • Otero County
    • Carrizo [Otero County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carrizo
      • Carrizo [Otero County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Ruidoso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carrizo
    • Mescalero [Otero County]
    • Bent [Otero County]
    • Cloudcroft [Otero County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cloudcroft
      • Cloudcroft [Otero County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Ruidoso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 704 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cloudcroft
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cloudcroft<3>
    • Tularosa [Otero County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tularosa
      • Tularosa [Otero County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Ruidoso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,040 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tularosa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tularosa<3>
    • High Rolls [Otero County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for High Rolls
      • High Rolls [Otero County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the south of Ruidoso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on High Rolls
    • Mountain Park [Otero County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mountain Park
      • Mountain Park [Otero County] lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the south of Ruidoso
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mountain Park
    • La Luz [Otero County]
    • Mayhill [Otero County]
    • Alamogordo [Otero County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alamogordo
      • Alamogordo [Otero County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Ruidoso
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 32,126 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alamogordo have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alamogordo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alamogordo<3>
    • Weed [Otero County]
    • Sacramento [Otero County]

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Ruidoso ...

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 73 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ruidoso.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Ruidoso. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Ruidoso and those printed in the larger area surrounding Ruidoso.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 37 miles [59.5 km] of Ruidoso.

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 websites either 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 Ruidoso:

  • 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 Ruidoso ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ruidoso.

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

  • Forest Lawn Cemetery
  • West - Box Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the West - Box Cemetery
    • West - Box Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Pioneer Little Creek Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on West - Box Cemetery
  • Stetson Cemetery
  • Ruidoso-Hondo Valley Memorial Park
  • San Ysidro Mission Church Cemetery
  • Whitetail Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Whitetail Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Whitetail Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Whitetail Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Ruidoso.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whitetail Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #38512<4>
  • Continue List ...
    • Coe Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Coe Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Coe Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Coe Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Ruidoso.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coe Cemetery
    • Glencoe Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Glencoe Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Glencoe Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Glencoe Cemetery lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the east of Ruidoso.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Glencoe Cemetery
    • Nogal Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Nogal Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Nogal Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Nogal Cemetery lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the north of Ruidoso.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nogal Cemetery
    • Blazer Cemetery
    • Blazers Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Blazers Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Blazers Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Blazers Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Ruidoso.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blazers Cemetery
    • Mescalero Indian Cemetery
    • Silva Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Silva Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Silva Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Silva Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the north of Ruidoso.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silva Cemetery
    • San Patricio Catholic Church Cemetery
    • Griego Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Griego Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Griego Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Griego Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Ruidoso.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Griego 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Ruidoso had a population of 29 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2020, Ruidoso had a population of 8,061 people.

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

  • Ruidoso [Lincoln County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ruidoso
    • Ruidoso [Lincoln County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Ruidoso
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 29 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,061 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Ruidoso had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ruidoso
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ruidoso<3>
  • Bonito [Lincoln County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bonito
    • Bonito [Lincoln County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruidoso
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 88 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bonito had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bonito
  • Fort Stanton [Lincoln County] - Historic
    • While Fort Stanton was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Stanton
    • Fort Stanton [Lincoln County] was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Ruidoso
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 253 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Fort Stanton had a post office and no railroad service
  • Nogal [Lincoln County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nogal
    • Nogal [Lincoln County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the north of Ruidoso
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 93 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Nogal had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nogal
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nogal<3>
  • Lincoln [Lincoln County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lincoln
    • Lincoln [Lincoln County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of Ruidoso
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 352 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Lincoln had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lincoln
  • White Oaks [Lincoln County] - Historic
    • While White Oaks was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White Oaks
    • White Oaks [Lincoln County] was located 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Ruidoso
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 385 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, White Oaks had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for White Oaks have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Picacho [Lincoln County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Picacho
    • Picacho [Lincoln County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the east of Ruidoso
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Picacho had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Picacho
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Picacho<3>

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

Mentions & References for Ruidoso

Visit our Community Index for New Mexico

About Lincoln County

About New Mexico

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ruidoso. 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Ruidoso) 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 Ruidoso. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from RuidosoOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ruidoso. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.3679, Longitude: -105.6617    
<2>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.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<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 Ruidoso, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.




 

 

 

 

 


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