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Our Genealogy Helper for Spark's Addition (aka 'Spark's Addition Colonia') ...

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 Spark's Addition (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 Spark's Addition. 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Spark's Addition 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 Spark's Addition. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Spark's Addition:

  DirDistance
El Paso     (The home county for Spark's Addition)
  Sparks   [Map]     NE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Socorro   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Horizon City   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Clint   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Agua Dulce   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  San Elizario   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Morning Glory   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Homestead Meadows South   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Homestead Meadows North   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Homestead Meadows   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Fabens   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Butterfield   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
 
Hudspeth
  Acala   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fort Hancock   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Dona Ana (NM)
  Sunland Park (NM)   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Santa Teresa (NM)   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Chaparral (NM)   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Anthony (NM)   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Berino (NM)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Vado (NM)   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Spark's Addition ...

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 78 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spark's Addition.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spark's Addition, there are papers which were published within 15 miles [24.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spark's Addition.

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 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 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 Spark's Addition:

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:

Hudspeth County:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
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 Spark's Addition ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spark's Addition.

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 Spark's Addition covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE San Lorenzo Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Evergreen Cemetery East   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  WNW Temple Mount Sinai Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 14 miles [22.5 km]  
  NW Ft. Bliss National Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Concordia Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  NW Rest Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Restlawn Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 25 miles [40.2 km]  
  NE Helm Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 26 miles [41.8 km]  
  NW Canutillo 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 Spark's Addition in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Spark's Addition.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Spark's Addition, with the one closest to Spark's Addition listed first.

Belen   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spark's Addition
 - Belen had a post office and no railroad service
 
Clint   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South (S) from Spark's Addition
 - Clint had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ysleta   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spark's Addition
 - 1895 population of 1,562 people
 - Ysleta had a post office and railroad service
 
San Elizario   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spark's Addition
 - 1895 population of 1,397 people (with 9,144 people in 2018)
 - San Elizario had a post office and railroad service
 
Alfalfa   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Spark's Addition
 - Alfalfa had railroad service and no post office
 
Fabens   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spark's Addition
 - Fabens had railroad service and no post office
 
El Paso   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spark's Addition
 - 1895 population of 10,338 people (with 682,669 people in 2018)
 - El Paso had a post office and railroad service
 
Courchesne   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Spark's Addition
 - Courchesne had railroad service and no post office

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

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Spark's Addition. 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- Spark's Addition) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spark's Addition. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6712, Longitude: -106.2455     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spark's Addition 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 Spark's Addition, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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