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Our Genealogy Helper for Salem ...

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 Salem (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 Salem. 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 hospitals 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.

Salem is located in Dona Ana 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 Dona Ana County: Luna, Otero, Sierra & El Paso (TX).

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

  • Dona Ana County     (The home county of Salem)
    • Hatch [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hatch
      • Hatch [Dona Ana County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Salem
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,678 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hatch have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hatch
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hatch<3>
    • Garfield [Dona Ana County]
    • Rincon [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rincon
      • Rincon [Dona Ana County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Salem
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rincon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rincon
    • Tonuco [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tonuco
      • Tonuco [Dona Ana County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Salem
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tonuco have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tonuco
    • Radium Springs [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Radium Springs
      • Radium Springs [Dona Ana County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Salem
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Radium Springs have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Radium Springs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Radium Springs<3>
    • Leasburg [Dona Ana County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leasburg
      • Leasburg [Dona Ana County] was located 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Salem
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Leasburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Hill [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hill
      • Hill [Dona Ana County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Salem
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hill
    • Dona Ana [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dona Ana
      • Dona Ana [Dona Ana County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Salem
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dona Ana have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dona Ana
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dona Ana<3>
    • Fairacres [Dona Ana County]
    • Las Cruces [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Las Cruces
      • Las Cruces [Dona Ana County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Salem
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 105,096 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Las Cruces
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Las Cruces<3>
    • Mesilla [Dona Ana County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mesilla
      • Mesilla [Dona Ana County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Salem
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,844 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mesilla
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mesilla<3>
    • Mesilla Park [Dona Ana County]
  • Luna County
    • Nutt [Luna County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Nutt
      • Nutt [Luna County] was located 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Salem
  • Sierra County
    • Arrey [Sierra County]
    • Caballo [Sierra County]
    • Lake Valley [Sierra County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Valley
      • Lake Valley [Sierra County] was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the west of Salem
    • Las Palomas [Sierra County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Las Palomas
      • Las Palomas [Sierra County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the north of Salem
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Las Palomas
    • Hillsboro [Sierra County]
    • Cutter [Sierra County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cutter
      • Cutter [Sierra County] was located 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Salem
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cutter have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Williamsburg [Sierra County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Williamsburg
      • Williamsburg [Sierra County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the north of Salem
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 415 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Williamsburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Williamsburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Williamsburg<3>
    • Truth or Consequences [Sierra County]
    • Elephant Butte [Sierra County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elephant Butte
      • Elephant Butte [Sierra County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the north of Salem
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,320 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elephant Butte have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elephant Butte
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elephant Butte<3>

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

Newspapers Published in Salem ...

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 Salem.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Salem, there are papers which were published within 38 miles [61.2 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Salem.

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 Salem:

  • 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 Salem ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Salem.

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

  • Placitas Hill Cemetery
  • Hatch Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hatch Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hatch Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hatch Cemetery
  • Rodey Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Rodey Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Rodey Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Rodey Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Salem.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rodey Cemetery
  • Rincon Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Rincon Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Rincon Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Rincon Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Salem.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rincon Cemetery
  • Caballo Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Caballo Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Caballo Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Caballo Cemetery lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Salem.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Caballo Cemetery
  • Palomas Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Palomas Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Palomas Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Palomas Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the north of Salem.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palomas Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Cutter Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Cutter Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Cutter Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Cutter Cemetery lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Salem.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cutter Cemetery
    • Graham Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Graham Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Graham Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Graham Cemetery lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the north of Salem.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Graham 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.<4>

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

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

  • Hatch [Dona Ana County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hatch
    • Hatch [Dona Ana County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Salem
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 18 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,678 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Hatch had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hatch have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hatch
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hatch<3>
  • Rincon [Dona Ana County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rincon
    • Rincon [Dona Ana County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Salem
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 147 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Rincon had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rincon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rincon
  • Tonuco [Dona Ana County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tonuco
    • Tonuco [Dona Ana County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Salem
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Tonuco had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tonuco have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tonuco
  • Lake Valley [Sierra County] - Historic
    • While Lake Valley was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Valley
    • Lake Valley [Sierra County] was located 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the west of Salem
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Lake Valley had a post office and railroad service
  • Las Palomas [Sierra County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Las Palomas
    • Las Palomas [Sierra County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the north of Salem
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 43 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Las Palomas had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Las Palomas
  • Leasburg [Dona Ana County] - Historic
    • While Leasburg was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Leasburg
    • Leasburg [Dona Ana County] was located 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Salem
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Leasburg had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Leasburg have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Hillsboro [Sierra County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillsboro
    • Hillsboro [Sierra County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Salem
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 511 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Hillsboro had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillsboro
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hillsboro<3>
  • Cutter [Sierra County] - Historic
    • While Cutter was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cutter
    • Cutter [Sierra County] was located 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Salem
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Cutter had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cutter have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Salem ...

While our initial data about Salem came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Salem in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Salem.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Rand McNally Map of New Mexico (1951)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Salem. See our Misc Page for Salem for more information.

Communities in New Mexico

About Dona Ana County

About New Mexico

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

The official website for Dona Ana County: www.co.dona-ana.nm.us/

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- Salem) 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 Salem. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SalemOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Salem. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7076, Longitude: -107.2131       In this case, the coordinates for Salem have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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>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 Salem, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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