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Clarence, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for Clarence ...

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 Clarence (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 Clarence. 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 Parishes ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring parishes.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home parish. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next parish to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the parish to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring parishes instead of the parish in which they lived:  their home parish contained property and probate records; the parish to the west contained birth and death records; the parish to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring parishes, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Clarence is located in Natchitoches Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Natchitoches Parish: Bienville, De Soto, Grant, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, Vernon & Winn.

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

Natchitoches     (The home parish for Clarence)
  Forest   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Campti   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Natchitoches   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]<1>
  Natchez   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Powhatan   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Flora   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]<1>
  Goldonna   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Melrose   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Provencal   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]<1>
  Robeline   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]<1>
  Cloutierville   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]<1>
  Ashland   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]<1>
  Marthaville   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Saline   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Alberta   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Lucky   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Castor   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  English   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Bienville   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Jamestown   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
  Ringgold   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
De Soto
  Pelican   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]<1>
  Montgomery   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]<1>
  Colfax   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Dry Prong   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Georgetown   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Bentley   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Stay   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Antonia   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Jonesboro   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Hodge   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  East Hodge   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  North Hodge   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Quitman   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Lena   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Flatwoods   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]<1>
  Mora   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Zimmerman   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Boyce   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>
  Hot Wells   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]<1>
Red River
  Martin   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]<1>
  Coushatta   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Edgefield   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]<1>
  Halfway   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Hall Summit   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Harmon   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Abington   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  East Point   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Pleasant Hill   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Belmont   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]<1>
  Many   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]<1>
  Fisher   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]<1>
  Florien   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]<1>
  Zwolle   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Converse   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Noble   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]<1>
  Negreet   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Alco   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Kurthwood   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]<1>
  Simpson   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]<1>
  Hornbeck   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]<1>
  Saint Maurice   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Atlanta   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Calvin   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]<1>
  Winnfield   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]<1>
  Joyce   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]<1>
  Dodson   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]<1>
  Sikes   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]<1>

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

Newspapers Published in Clarence ...

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 43 newspapers that have been published in the area around Clarence.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Clarence, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Clarence.

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 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 Clarence:

These websites are specific to Louisiana:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the // Resources/

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

These pages are specific to Natchitoches Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Bienville Parish:     Cyndi's



De Soto Parish:     Cyndi's



Grant Parish:     Cyndi's



Jackson Parish:     Cyndi's



Rapides Parish:     Cyndi's



Red River Parish:     Cyndi's



Sabine Parish:     Cyndi's



Vernon Parish:     Cyndi's



Winn Parish:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of Natchitoches Parish
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Louisiana, for Natchitoches Parish

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 Louisiana
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Cemeteries Near Clarence ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Clarence.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles<1>  
  S Tucker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Tucker Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]<1>  
  W De Blieux Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]<1>  
  WSW Memory Lawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pace Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Russell Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]<1>  
  SW Fern Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW American Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]<1>  
  WSW Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lee Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Saline Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Nativity Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]<1>  
  NNW Campti Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>  
  W St. Lukes 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.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Clarence had a post office and no railroad service. In 2018, Clarence had a population of 480 people.

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

Trichell   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the East (E) from Clarence
 - Trichell had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Maurice   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the Southeast (SE) from Clarence
 - 1895 population of 416 people
 - Saint Maurice had a post office and no railroad service
Natchitoches   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the Southwest (SW) from Clarence
 - 1895 population of 1,820 people (with 17,831 people in 2018)
 - Natchitoches had a post office and railroad service
Campti   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the Northwest (NW) from Clarence
 - 1895 population of 310 people (with 1,044 people in 2018)
 - Campti had a post office and no railroad service
Couley   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the East Northeast (ENE) from Clarence
 - Couley had a post office and no railroad service
Bermuda   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the South (S) from Clarence
 - Bermuda had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Zion   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the Southeast (SE) from Clarence
 - Mount Zion had a post office and no railroad service
Grappes Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the West Northwest (WNW) from Clarence
 - Grappes Bluff had a post office and no railroad service

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Clarence ...

While our initial data about Clarence came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Clarence 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 Clarence.

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

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Clarence:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

We have found Clarence in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Clarence for more information.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Louisiana

About Natchitoches Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Clarence) 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 Clarence. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Clarence

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Clarence. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.8192, Longitude: -93.0289     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Clarence have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>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 Clarence, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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