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Our Genealogy Helper for Tatum ...

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 Tatum (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 Tatum. 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 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.

Tatum is located in Lea 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 Lea County: Chaves, Eddy, Roosevelt, Andrews (TX), Cochran (TX), Gaines (TX), Loving (TX), Winkler (TX) & Yoakum (TX).

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

  • Lea County     (The home county of Tatum)
    • Gladiola (7 miles [11.3 km] to the east) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gladiola
      • Gladiola was located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Tatum and is located in Lea County
    • McDonald (7 miles [11.3 km] to the south)
    • Hillburn City (11 miles [17.7 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillburn City
      • Hillburn City lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Tatum and is located in Lea County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hillburn City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillburn City
    • Bronco (14 miles [22.5 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bronco
      • Bronco lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the east of Tatum and is located in Lea County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bronco have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bronco
    • Crossroads (17 miles [27.4 km] to the north)
    • Lovington (21 miles [33.8 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lovington
      • Lovington lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the south of Tatum and is located in Lea County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 11,474 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lovington have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lovington
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lovington<2>
    • Maljamar (37 miles [59.5 km] to the southwest)
    • Hobbs (39 miles [62.8 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hobbs
      • Hobbs lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the south of Tatum and is located in Lea County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 39,339 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hobbs
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hobbs<2>
  • Roosevelt County
    • Milnesand (26 miles [41.8 km] to the north)
  • Cochran County (TX)
    • Bledsoe (30 miles [48.3 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bledsoe
      • Bledsoe lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the northeast of Tatum and is located in Cochran County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bledsoe have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bledsoe
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bledsoe<2>
  • Gaines County (TX)
    • Denver City (34 miles [54.7 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Denver City
      • Denver City lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Tatum and is located in Gaines County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,883 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Denver City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Denver City<2>
  • Terry County (TX)
    • Tokio (40 miles [64.4 km] to the east) - Historic
  • Yoakum County (TX)
    • Bronco (14 miles [22.5 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bronco
      • Bronco lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the east of Tatum and is located in Yoakum County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bronco have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bronco
    • Plains (28 miles [45.1 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Plains
      • Plains lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the east of Tatum and is located in Yoakum County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,655 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Plains
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Plains<2>

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Tatum ...

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 30 newspapers that have been published in the area around Tatum.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These 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 Tatum:

  • 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
    • Stories from Texas

Cemeteries Near Tatum ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Tatum.

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

  • Tatum Cemetery
  • King Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the King Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the King Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • King Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Tatum.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on King Cemetery
  • Old Plainview Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Old Plainview Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Old Plainview Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Old Plainview Cemetery lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Tatum.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Old Plainview Cemetery
  • Cox Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Cox Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Cox Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Cox Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Tatum.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cox Cemetery
  • Murphys Chapel Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Murphys Chapel Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Murphys Chapel Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Murphys Chapel Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Tatum.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Murphys Chapel Cemetery
  • Field Cemetery
  • Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Tatum.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery
  • Jenkins Cemetery
  • Rest Haven Gardens
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Rest Haven Gardens
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Rest Haven Gardens have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Rest Haven Gardens lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Tatum.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rest Haven Gardens
  • Lovington Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Lovington Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Lovington Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Lovington Cemetery lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Tatum.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lovington Cemetery
  • Old New Hope Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Old New Hope Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Old New Hope Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Old New Hope Cemetery lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Tatum.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Old New Hope Cemetery
    • Find-A-Grave: FAG ID #38296<4>
  • Bluitt Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bluitt Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Bluitt Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Bluitt Cemetery lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Tatum.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bluitt Cemetery
  • Continue List   (9 more) ...
    • Plains Cemetery
    • Perkins Memorial Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Perkins Memorial Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Perkins Memorial Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Perkins Memorial Cemetery lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the north of Tatum.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Perkins Memorial Cemetery
    • Knowles Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Knowles Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Knowles Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Knowles Cemetery lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Tatum.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Knowles Cemetery

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

Recent Changes to RoadsideThoughts ...

Mentions & References for Tatum

Visit our Community Index for New Mexico

About Lea County

About New Mexico

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

The official website for Lea County: www.leacounty.net/

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 drawn from Point A (ie- Tatum) 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 Tatum. 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 TatumOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tatum. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2557, Longitude: -103.3151       In this case, the coordinates for Tatum have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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>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.




 

 

 

 

 


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