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Our Genealogy Helper for Smelter Town ...

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 Smelter Town (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 Smelter Town. 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.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

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 and doctors 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.

Smelter Town is located in El Paso County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of El Paso County: Dona Ana (NM), Otero (NM) & Hudspeth.

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

  DirDistance
El Paso     (The home county for Smelter Town)
  El Paso   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Fort Bliss   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Prado Verde   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Canutillo   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Vinton   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Westway   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Anthony   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Socorro   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Sparks   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Homestead Meadows   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Horizon City   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  San Elizario   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Homestead Meadows North   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
 
Dona Ana (NM)
  Sunland Park (NM)   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Santa Teresa (NM)   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Anthony (NM)   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Chaparral (NM)   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Berino (NM)   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Vado (NM)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  La Mesa (NM)   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mesquite (NM)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  University Park (NM)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mesilla Park (NM)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mesilla (NM)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Las Cruces (NM)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Fairacres (NM)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Smelter Town ...

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 86 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smelter Town.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smelter Town, there are papers which were published within 20 miles [32.2 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smelter Town.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Smelter Town:

These websites are specific to Texas:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //www.tsl.texas.gov/

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Texas to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to El Paso County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Dona Ana County (NM):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Texas:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Texas,
Cemeteries of El Paso County
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Texas
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Texas
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Texas, for El Paso County

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.

Disaster Stories from Texas
 
Also see Disaster Stories for ...
      New Mexico

Cemeteries Near Smelter Town ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smelter Town.

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 click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Temple Mount Sinai Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Concordia Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  E Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Ft. Bliss National Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NE Rest Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Restlawn Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Canutillo Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  ESE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 15 miles [24.1 km]  
  E Evergreen Cemetery East   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 19 miles [30.6 km]  
  NNW Chamberino Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 20 miles [32.2 km]  
  NNW Old Berino Cemetery   [Map]     

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.<3>

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

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

El Paso   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smelter Town
 - 1895 population of 10,338 people (with 682,669 people in 2018)
 - El Paso had a post office and railroad service
 
Montoya   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Smelter Town
 - Montoya had railroad service and no post office
 
Alfalfa   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smelter Town
 - Alfalfa had railroad service and no post office
 
Canutillo   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smelter Town
 - Canutillo had railroad service and no post office
 
Strauss (NM) - Historic   [Map]
 - While Strauss was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smelter Town
 - Strauss had railroad service and no post office
 
Ysleta   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smelter Town
 - 1895 population of 1,562 people
 - Ysleta had a post office and railroad service
 
Belen   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Smelter Town
 - Belen had a post office and no railroad service
 
Anthony (NM)   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smelter Town
 - 1895 population of 91 people (with 9,308 people in 2018)
 - Anthony had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Smelter Town. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smelter Town in the 1890's.

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for El Paso County: www.epcounty.com/

The official website for State of Texas: https://texas.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- Smelter Town) 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 Smelter Town. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Smelter Town

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smelter Town. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.7834, Longitude: -106.5267     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smelter Town have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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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<3>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 Smelter Town, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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