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Our Genealogy Helper for Montezuma Creek (aka 'Montezuma') ...

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 Montezuma Creek (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 Montezuma Creek. 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.

Name Variations for Montezuma Creek ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give you a feel for the variations that might have occurred.

Montezuma Creek has also been known as: Montezuma.

  • A typical abbreviation for Montezuma Creek: Montezuma Crk. (or less commonly used: Montezuma Ck. or Montezuma Cr.)

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

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.

Montezuma Creek is located in San Juan County.

To see how the shape of Utah's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of San Juan County: Apache (AZ), Coconino (AZ), Navajo (AZ), Dolores (CO), Montezuma (CO), Montrose (CO), San Miguel (CO), San Juan (NM), Emery, Garfield, Grand, Kane & Wayne.

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

  • San Juan County     (The home county of Montezuma Creek)
    • White Rock Curve Village [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White Rock Curve Village
      • White Rock Curve Village [San Juan County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of Montezuma Creek
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for White Rock Curve Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on White Rock Curve Village
    • Red Lake Village [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Lake Village
      • Red Lake Village [San Juan County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Montezuma Creek
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Lake Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Lake Village
    • Aneth [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Aneth
      • Aneth [San Juan County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Montezuma Creek
      • Former names for Aneth:
      • Anseth
      • Holy Oak
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Aneth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Aneth<3>
    • White Mesa Village [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White Mesa Village
      • White Mesa Village [San Juan County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Montezuma Creek
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for White Mesa Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on White Mesa Village
    • Bluff Fort [San Juan County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bluff Fort
      • Bluff Fort [San Juan County] was located 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Montezuma Creek
    • Bluff [San Juan County]
    • White Mesa [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White Mesa
      • White Mesa [San Juan County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the northwest of Montezuma Creek
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on White Mesa
    • Tselakai Dezza [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tselakai Dezza
      • Tselakai Dezza [San Juan County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the west of Montezuma Creek
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tselakai Dezza have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tselakai Dezza
    • Blanding [San Juan County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blanding
      • Blanding [San Juan County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Montezuma Creek
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,556 people
      • Former names for Blanding:
      • Grayson
      • White Mesa
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blanding
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Blanding<3>
    • Mexican Hat [San Juan County]
  • Apache County (AZ)
    • Red Mesa [Apache County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Mesa
      • Red Mesa [Apache County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Montezuma Creek
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Mesa have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Mesa
    • Teec Nos Pos [Apache County]
    • Totacon [Apache County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Totacon
      • Totacon [Apache County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of Montezuma Creek
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Totacon
  • Dolores County (CO)
  • Montezuma County (CO)
    • Towaoc [Montezuma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Towaoc
      • Towaoc [Montezuma County] lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the east of Montezuma Creek
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Towaoc have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Towaoc
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Towaoc<3>
    • Pleasant View [Montezuma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pleasant View
      • Pleasant View [Montezuma County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Montezuma Creek
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pleasant View have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pleasant View
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pleasant View<3>
    • Yellow Jacket [Montezuma County]
    • Lewis [Montezuma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lewis
      • Lewis [Montezuma County] lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Montezuma Creek
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lewis have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lewis
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Lewis<3>
    • Cortez [Montezuma County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cortez
      • Cortez [Montezuma County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the east of Montezuma Creek
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,734 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cortez have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cortez
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cortez<3>

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

Newspapers Published in Montezuma Creek ...

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 11 newspapers that have been published in the area around Montezuma Creek.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Montezuma Creek, there are papers which were published within 40 miles [64.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Montezuma Creek.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we 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 everyone.

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

  • 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 Arizona
    • Stories from Colorado
    • Stories from Utah

Cemeteries Near Montezuma Creek ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Montezuma Creek.

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

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.<5>

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

  • Bluff [San Juan County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bluff
    • Bluff [San Juan County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the west of Montezuma Creek
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bluff
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bluff<3>

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Montezuma Creek ...

While our initial data about Montezuma Creek came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Montezuma Creek in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Montezuma Creek.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Utah Place Names
Written by: Van Cott, John W.
Published by the University of Utah Press, 1990
(Available from Amazon.com)

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Montezuma Creek. See our Misc Page for Montezuma Creek for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Utah

About San Juan County

About Utah

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Utah: https://www.utah.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 from Point A (ie- Montezuma Creek) 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 Montezuma Creek. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Montezuma CreekOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Montezuma Creek. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.2616, Longitude: -109.3063    
<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>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.
<5>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 Montezuma Creek, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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