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Modeste, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for Modeste ...

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 Modeste (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 Modeste. 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 southeast corner of their home parish. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next parish to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the parish to the south.

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 east contained birth and death records; the parish to the south 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.

Modeste is located in Ascension Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Ascension Parish: Assumption, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston & Saint James.

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

Ascension     (The home parish for Modeste)
  Geismar   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Darrow   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Burnside   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Dutch Town   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Cornerview   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Donaldsonville   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Gonzales   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Barton   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Aben   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Brittany   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Sorrento   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Duplessis   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Weber City   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Burbank - Historic   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Belle Rose   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Brulie Maurin   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bruly Saint Martin   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Sweet Home   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Paincourtville   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Plaincourtville   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Plattenville   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Grand Bayou   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Bayou Corne - Historic   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Brusle Saint Vincent   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Munsons   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Enola   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
East Baton Rouge
  Oak Hills Place   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Perkins Village   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Village Saint George   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Old Jefferson   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Gardere   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Lynwood Village   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Shenandoah   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Essen   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Inniswold   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Westminster   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Woodshire Village   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Baton Rouge   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Beauregard Town   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
East Feliciana
  Slaughter   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Carville   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Saint Gabriel   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  White Castle   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bayou Goula   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Sunshine   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Plaquemine   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Morrisonville - Historic   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Grosse Tete   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rosedale   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Maringouin   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Chackbay   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Kraemer   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Thibodaux   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Raceland   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Port Vincent   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  French Settlement   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Denham Springs   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Maurepas   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Walker   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Livingston   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Watson   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Killian   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Holden   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Albany   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Starns   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Pointe Coupee
  Glynn   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lakeland   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Rougon   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hermitage   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Jarreau   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Oscar   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Charles
  Killona   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gypsy   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Montz   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Taft   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Norco   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hahnville   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  New Sarpy   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Des Allemands   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Paradis   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Helena
  Pine Grove   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint James
  Chatman Town   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Free Town   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Uncle Sam   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Convent   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Hester   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Saint James   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lagan   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Lutcher   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Gramercy   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Paulina   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Vacherie   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  North Vacherie   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  South Vacherie   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
Saint John the Baptist
  Wallace   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Mount Airy   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Garyville   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Edgard   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Reserve   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Laplace   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
Saint Martin
  Bayou Geneve   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Stephenville   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
Saint Mary
  Fairville   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Morgan City Beach   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Morgan City   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Amelia   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Berwick   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Irish Bend   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Wilsons Landing   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bayou Vista   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Charenton   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Verdunville   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Caffery   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Katy   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Akers   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ponchatoula   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hammond   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Natalbany   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Schriever   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Donner   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gibson   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Magnolia Plantation   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Minerva Plantation   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Gray   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bayou Cane   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Broadmoor   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
West Baton Rouge
  Addis   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Brusly   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Port Allen   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Carey   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Devalls   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Erwinville   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Modeste ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Modeste.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Modeste, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Modeste.

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 professional and volunteer 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 Modeste:

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 Ascension Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Assumption Parish:     Cyndi's



East Baton Rouge Parish:     Cyndi's



East Feliciana Parish:     Cyndi's



Iberville Parish:     Cyndi's



Lafourche Parish:     Cyndi's



Livingston Parish:     Cyndi's



Pointe Coupee Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Charles Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Helena Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint James Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint John the Baptist Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Martin Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Mary Parish:     Cyndi's



Tangipahoa Parish:     Cyndi's



Terrebonne Parish:     Cyndi's



West Baton Rouge Parish:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

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

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

Cemeteries Near Modeste ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Modeste.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Phillip Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mt. Pelgrim Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE St. Landry Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Emanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Ascension Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Burnside Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Little Zion Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE New St. John Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Cornerview Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Brazil Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ESE Orange Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hope Haven Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Raspberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Buena Vista Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Monroe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lusk Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Gabriel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W First Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Jules Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Philippian Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Peter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pt. Pleasant Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Raphael Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. John Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  W White Castle Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Paul Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW St. Martins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Augustine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ficklin Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Paul 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 Modeste in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Modeste.

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

Geismar   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Modeste
 - Geismar had a post office and no railroad service
Hohen Solms   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Modeste
 - 1895 population of 120 people
 - Hohen Solms had a post office and no railroad service
Southwood   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Modeste
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Southwood had railroad service and no post office
McCall   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Modeste
 - McCall had a post office and railroad service
Geary - Historic   [Map]
 - While Geary was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Modeste
 - Geary had a post office and no railroad service
Smoke Bend   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Modeste
 - Smoke Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Darrow   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Modeste
 - 1895 population of 399 people
 - Darrow had a post office and no railroad service
Donaldsonville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Modeste
 - 1895 population of 3,121 people (with 8,281 people in 2018)
 - Donaldsonville 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 Modeste. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Modeste in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Louisiana

About Ascension Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Ascension Parish:

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or 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- Modeste) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Modeste. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.1710, Longitude: -91.0148     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Modeste have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<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:
<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 Modeste, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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