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Our Genealogy Helper for Silver City ...

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 Silver City (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 Silver City. 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 northwest 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 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 west 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.

Silver City is located in Grant County and is the County Seat.

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 Grant County: Greenlee (AZ), Catron, Hidalgo, Luna & Sierra.

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

  • Grant County     (The home county of Silver City)
    • Little Walnut Village (3 miles [4.8 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Little Walnut Village
      • Little Walnut Village lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the north of Silver City and is located in Grant County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Little Walnut Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Little Walnut Village
    • Arenas Valley (5 miles [8 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arenas Valley
      • Arenas Valley lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the east of Silver City and is located in Grant County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arenas Valley
    • Central (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Central
      • Central lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Silver City and is located in Grant County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Central have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Central
    • Santa Clara (6 miles [9.7 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Santa Clara
      • Santa Clara lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Silver City and is located in Grant County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,761 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Santa Clara have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Santa Clara
    • Pinos Altos (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pinos Altos
      • Pinos Altos was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Silver City and is located in Grant County
    • Fort Bayard (7 miles [11.3 km] to the east)
    • Bayard (8 miles [12.9 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bayard
      • Bayard lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Silver City and is located in Grant County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,117 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bayard have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bayard
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bayard<3>
    • Vanadium (8 miles [12.9 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vanadium
      • Vanadium lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the east of Silver City and is located in Grant County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vanadium
    • Cobre (9 miles [14.5 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cobre
      • Cobre lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the east of Silver City and is located in Grant County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cobre
    • Hurley (9 miles [14.5 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hurley
      • Hurley lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Silver City and is located in Grant County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,175 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hurley have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hurley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hurley<3>
    • Hanover (10 miles [16.1 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hanover
      • Hanover lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Silver City and is located in Grant County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hanover
    • Santa Rita (11 miles [17.7 km] to the east) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Santa Rita
      • Santa Rita was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Silver City and is located in Grant County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Santa Rita have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Mimbres (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
  • Hidalgo County
    • Lordsburg (39 miles [62.8 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lordsburg
      • Lordsburg lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Silver City and is located in Hidalgo County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,341 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lordsburg
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lordsburg<3>
  • Luna County
    • Old Town (25 miles [40.2 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Old Town
      • Old Town lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Silver City and is located in Luna County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Old Town have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Old Town
  • San Miguel County
    • Pinos Altos (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast)

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Silver City ...

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 33 newspapers that have been published in the area around Silver City.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Silver City. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Silver City and those printed in the larger area surrounding Silver City.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 39 miles [62.8 km] of Silver City.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Silver City:

  • 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 Silver City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Silver City.

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

  • Memory Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Memory Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Memory Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Memory Cemetery
  • Ft. Bayard / New Mexico Memorial Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ft. Bayard / New Mexico Memorial Cemetery
    • Ft. Bayard / New Mexico Memorial Cemetery lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Silver City.
    • Ft. Bayard / New Mexico Memorial Cemetery has also been known as:
    • Ft. Bayard State Cemetery
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ft. Bayard / New Mexico Memorial Cemetery
  • Ft. Bayard National Cemetery
  • Hurley Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hurley Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hurley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Hurley Cemetery lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Silver City.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hurley Cemetery
  • Vanadium Cemetery
  • Cemetery #5
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Cemetery #5
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Cemetery #5 have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Cemetery #5 lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Silver City.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cemetery #5
  • Hanover Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hanover Cemetery
    • Hanover Cemetery lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Silver City.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hanover Cemetery
  • Cemetery #4
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Cemetery #4
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Cemetery #4 have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Cemetery #4 lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Silver City.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cemetery #4
  • Fierro Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Fierro Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Fierro Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Fierro Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Silver City.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fierro Cemetery
  • Georgetown Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Georgetown Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Georgetown Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Georgetown Cemetery lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the east of Silver City.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Georgetown Cemetery
  • Hicks Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hicks Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hicks Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Hicks Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Silver City.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hicks Cemetery
  • Clark Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Clark Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Clark Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Clark Cemetery lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the west of Silver City.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clark Cemetery
  • Continue List   (8 more) ...
    • Maldonado Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Maldonado Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Maldonado Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Maldonado Cemetery lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Silver City.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Maldonado Cemetery
    • Stout Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Stout Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Stout Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Stout Cemetery lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Silver City.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stout Cemetery
    • Redrock Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Redrock Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Redrock Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Redrock Cemetery lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Silver City.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Redrock 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Silver City had a population of 2,102 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Silver City had a population of 9,390 people.

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

  • Silver City (Grant County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silver City
    • Silver City lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Silver City and is located in Grant County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 2,102 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 9,390 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Silver City had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silver City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silver City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Silver City<3>
  • Central (Grant County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Central
    • Central lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Silver City and is located in Grant County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 257 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Central had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Central have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Central
  • Pinos Altos (Grant County) - Historic
    • While Pinos Altos was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pinos Altos
    • Pinos Altos was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Silver City and is located in Grant County
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 870 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Pinos Altos had a post office and railroad service
  • Fort Bayard (Grant County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fort Bayard
    • Fort Bayard lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Silver City and is located in Grant County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 509 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Fort Bayard had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fort Bayard
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fort Bayard<3>
  • Hanover (Grant County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hanover
    • Hanover lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the east of Silver City and is located in Grant County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Hanover had railroad service and no post office
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hanover
  • Santa Rita (Grant County) - Historic
    • While Santa Rita was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Santa Rita
    • Santa Rita was located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the east of Silver City and is located in Grant County
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Santa Rita had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Santa Rita have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Alhambra (Grant County) - Historic
    • While Alhambra was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alhambra
    • Alhambra was located 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Silver City and is located in Grant County
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Alhambra had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alhambra have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Whitewater (Grant County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whitewater
    • Whitewater lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Silver City and is located in Grant County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Whitewater had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Whitewater have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whitewater
  • Mimbres (Grant County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mimbres
    • Mimbres lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the east of Silver City and is located in Grant County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 32 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Mimbres had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mimbres
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mimbres<3>
  • Gila (Grant County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gila
    • Gila lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Silver City and is located in Grant County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 22 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Gila had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gila
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gila<3>
  • Gold Hill (Grant County) - Historic
    • While Gold Hill was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gold Hill
    • Gold Hill was located 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Silver City and is located in Grant County
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 15 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Gold Hill had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gold Hill 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 Silver City. See our List of 1890's Communities around Silver City.

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The official website for Silver City: www.townofsilvercity.org/

The official website for State of New Mexico: www.newmexico.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>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 from Point A (ie- Silver City) 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 Silver City. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Silver CityOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Silver City. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7783, Longitude: -108.2699       In this case, the coordinates for Silver City 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 Silver City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.




 

 

 

 

 


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