Our Genealogical Helper for Pioneer ...
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 Pioneer (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 insight while doing our genealogical research.
As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Pioneer. 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.
Newspapers Published in Pioneer ...
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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Pioneer.
Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Pioneer, there are papers which were published within 28 miles [45.1 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Pioneer.
Cemeteries Near Pioneer ...
Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Pioneer.
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 new browser window will open with a Google map 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 and 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 Pioneer 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.<2>
While we didn't find Pioneer in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Pioneer.
These communities are listed based on their distance from Pioneer, with the one closest to Pioneer listed first.
| Floyd [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Pioneer |
| - || 1895 population of 250 people |
| - || Floyd had a post office and no railroad service |
| Forest [Map] |
| - || Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Pioneer |
| - || Forest had a post office and no railroad service |
| Oak Grove [Map] |
| - || Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Pioneer |
| - || 1895 population of 76 people (with 1,598 people in 2017) |
| - || Oak Grove had a post office and no railroad service |
| Lake Providence [Map] |
| - || Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Pioneer |
| - || 1895 population of 642 people (with 3,602 people in 2017) |
| - || Lake Providence had a post office and no railroad service |
| Shelburn [Map] |
| - || Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Pioneer |
| - || Shelburn had a post office and no railroad service |
| Bonita [Map] |
| - || Located 18 miles [29 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Pioneer |
| - || Bonita had railroad service and no post office |
| Delhi [Map] |
| - || Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the South (S) from Pioneer |
| - || 1895 population of 620 people (with 2,863 people in 2017) |
| - || Delhi had a post office and railroad service |
| Altoona [Map] |
| - || Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the South (S) from Pioneer |
| - || 1895 population of 45 people |
| - || Altoona had a post office and railroad service |
| Arcadia (MS) - Historic [Map] |
| - || While Arcadia was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists |
| - || Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Pioneer |
| - || Arcadia had a post office and no railroad service |
| Tallula (MS) [Map] |
| - || Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East (E) from Pioneer |
| - || Tallula had a post office and no railroad service |
| Brunett - Historic [Map] |
| - || While Brunett was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists |
| - || Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Pioneer |
| - || 1895 population of 73 people |
| - || Brunett had a post office and no railroad service |
| Kilbourne [Map] |
| - || Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Pioneer |
| - || Kilbourne had a post office and no railroad service |
| Jones [Map] |
| - || Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Pioneer |
| - || Jones had a post office and no railroad service |
| Oak Ridge [Map] |
| - || Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Pioneer |
| - || 1895 population of 296 people (with 126 people in 2017) |
| - || Oak Ridge 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 Pioneer. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Pioneer in the 1890's.
Neighboring Parishes/Counties ...
When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring parishes/counties.
For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southwest corner of their home parish. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next parish to the west. 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/counties 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 south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring parishes/counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.
If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.
Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...
When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These 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 Pioneer:
These websites are specific to Louisiana:
Website for the //www.sos.la.gov/HistoricalResources//Historical 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 West Carroll Parish:
Genealogy information for nearby parishes:
Cemetery Information and Directories 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.
Off-the-Road Links ...
Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Pioneer. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
The official website for State of Louisiana: www.louisiana.gov/
|<1>||Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Pioneer. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Pioneer) 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 Pioneer. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Pioneer
Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Pioneer. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7381, Longitude: -91.4381 [Map]. In this case, the coordinates for Pioneer have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
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|<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 Pioneer, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.|
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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Pioneer.