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Our Genealogy Helper for Taos ...

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 Taos (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 Taos. 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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Taos is located in Taos 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 Taos County: Conejos (CO), Costilla (CO), Colfax, Mora & Rio Arriba.

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

  • Taos County     (The home county of Taos)
    • El Prado [Taos County]
    • Canon [Taos County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Canon
      • Canon [Taos County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Taos
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canon
    • Ranchito [Taos County]
    • Ranchos de Taos [Taos County]
    • Taos Pueblo [Taos County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Taos Pueblo
      • Taos Pueblo [Taos County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Taos
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Taos Pueblo have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Taos Pueblo
    • Talpa [Taos County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Talpa
      • Talpa [Taos County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Taos
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Talpa
    • Shady Brook [Taos County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shady Brook
      • Shady Brook [Taos County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Taos
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shady Brook
    • Arroyo Seco [Taos County]
    • Valdez [Taos County]
    • Arroyo Hondo [Taos County]
    • Valle Escondido [Taos County]
    • Kiowa Village [Taos County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kiowa Village
      • Kiowa Village [Taos County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the north of Taos
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kiowa Village have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kiowa Village
    • Carson [Taos County]
  • Colfax County
    • Angel Fire [Colfax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Angel Fire
      • Angel Fire [Colfax County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the east of Taos
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,070 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Angel Fire
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Angel Fire<2>
    • Lakeview Pines [Colfax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lakeview Pines
      • Lakeview Pines [Colfax County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Taos
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lakeview Pines
    • Idlewild [Colfax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Idlewild
      • Idlewild [Colfax County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Taos
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Idlewild
    • Eagle Nest [Colfax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eagle Nest
      • Eagle Nest [Colfax County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Taos
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 251 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eagle Nest have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Eagle Nest
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eagle Nest<2>
    • Virginia City [Colfax County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Virginia City
      • Virginia City [Colfax County] was located 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northeast of Taos
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Virginia City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Ute Park [Colfax County]
    • Cimarron [Colfax County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cimarron
      • Cimarron [Colfax County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the east of Taos
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 884 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cimarron
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cimarron<2>
  • Mora County
  • Rio Arriba County
    • Apodaca [Rio Arriba County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Apodaca
      • Apodaca [Rio Arriba County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Taos
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Apodaca
    • Dixon [Rio Arriba County]
    • Embudo [Rio Arriba County]
    • Petaca [Rio Arriba County]
    • LaMadera [Rio Arriba County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for LaMadera
      • LaMadera [Rio Arriba County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the west of Taos
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on LaMadera
    • Velarde [Rio Arriba County]
    • Truchas [Rio Arriba County]
    • Vallecitos [Rio Arriba County]
    • Cordova [Rio Arriba County]
    • Alcalde [Rio Arriba County]
    • Chimayo [Rio Arriba County]
    • El Rito [Rio Arriba County]
    • Medanales [Rio Arriba County]
  • San Miguel County
  • Santa Fe County

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Taos ...

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 65 newspapers that have been published in the area around Taos.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Taos. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Taos and those printed in the larger area surrounding Taos.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 40 miles [64.4 km] of Taos.

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 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 Taos:

  • 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 Taos ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Taos.

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

  • Los Cruces Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Los Cruces Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Los Cruces Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Los Cruces Cemetery
  • Kit Carson Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Kit Carson Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Kit Carson Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kit Carson Cemetery
  • Campo Santo del Pueblo Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Campo Santo del Pueblo Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Campo Santo del Pueblo Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Campo Santo del Pueblo Cemetery
  • Sierra Vista Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sierra Vista Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Sierra Vista Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sierra Vista Cemetery
  • LaLoma Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the LaLoma Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the LaLoma Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on LaLoma 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.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Graham Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Pacheco Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Pacheco Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Pacheco Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pacheco Cemetery
    • Los Dolores Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Los Dolores Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Los Dolores Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Los Dolores Cemetery
    • Canon Brethren Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Canon Brethren Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Canon Brethren Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canon Brethren Cemetery
    • Penas Negras Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Penas Negras Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Penas Negras Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Penas Negras Cemetery
    • Hart Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Hart Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Hart Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hart Cemetery
    • Colonias Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Colonias Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Colonias Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Colonias Cemetery
    • Descariso Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Descariso Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Descariso Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Descariso Cemetery
    • St. Francis Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the St. Francis Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the St. Francis Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on St. Francis Cemetery
    • Talpa Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Talpa Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Talpa Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Talpa 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 Taos had a population of 306 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2020, Taos had a population of 5,872 people.

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

  • Taos [Taos County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Taos
    • Taos [Taos County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Taos
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 306 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,872 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Taos had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Taos
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Taos<2>
  • Arroyo Seco [Taos County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arroyo Seco
    • Arroyo Seco [Taos County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Taos
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 100 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Arroyo Seco had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arroyo Seco
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arroyo Seco<2>
  • Arroyo Hondo [Taos County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Arroyo Hondo
    • Arroyo Hondo [Taos County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Taos
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 61 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Arroyo Hondo had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Arroyo Hondo
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Arroyo Hondo<2>
  • Penasco [Taos County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Penasco
    • Penasco [Taos County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the south of Taos
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 116 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Penasco had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Penasco have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Penasco
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Penasco<2>
  • Barranca [Taos County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Barranca
    • Barranca [Taos County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the southwest of Taos
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 18 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Barranca had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Barranca have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Barranca
  • Rinconada [Rio Arriba County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rinconada
    • Rinconada [Rio Arriba County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Taos
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Rinconada had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rinconada have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rinconada
  • Continue List ...
    • Elizabethtown [Colfax County] - Historic
      • While Elizabethtown was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elizabethtown
      • Elizabethtown [Colfax County] was located 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Taos
      • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 127 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Elizabethtown had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elizabethtown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Questa [Taos County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Questa
      • Questa [Taos County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the north of Taos
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 72 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,741 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Questa had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Questa have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Questa
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Questa<2>
    • Servilleta [Taos County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Servilleta
      • Servilleta [Taos County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Taos
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Servilleta had railroad service and no post office
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Servilleta have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Servilleta
    • Cerro [Taos County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cerro
      • Cerro [Taos County] lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the north of Taos
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 75 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Cerro had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cerro
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cerro<2>
    • Embudo [Rio Arriba County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Embudo
      • Embudo [Rio Arriba County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Taos
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 74 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Embudo had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Embudo
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Embudo<2>
    • Guadalupita [Mora County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Guadalupita
      • Guadalupita [Mora County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Taos
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 21 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Guadalupita had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Guadalupita
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Guadalupita<2>
    • Ojo Caliente [Taos County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ojo Caliente
      • Ojo Caliente [Taos County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Taos
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 20 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Ojo Caliente had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ojo Caliente
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ojo Caliente<2>
    • Velarde [Rio Arriba County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Velarde
      • Velarde [Rio Arriba County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Taos
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Velarde had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Velarde
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Velarde<2>
    • Tres Piedras [Taos County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tres Piedras
      • Tres Piedras [Taos County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Taos
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Tres Piedras had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tres Piedras
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tres Piedras<2>

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

Mentions & References for Taos

Find a Community in New Mexico

About Taos County

About New Mexico

The official website for Taos: www.taosgov.com/

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Taos) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Taos. 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 TaosOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Taos. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.4072, Longitude: -105.5734    
<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>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 Taos, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.




 

 

 

 

 


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