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Our Genealogy Helper for Retreat ...

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 Retreat (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 Retreat. 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/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 southeast corner of their home parish. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors 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/counties 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/counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

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

Retreat is located in West Feliciana Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of West Feliciana Parish: Avoyelles, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge & Wilkinson (MS).

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

West Feliciana     (The home parish for Retreat)
  Weyanoke   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Tunica   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Angola   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Wakefield   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Saint Francisville   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Simmesport   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bordelonville   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hamburg   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Moreauville   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Plaucheville   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hickory   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Cottonport   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mansura   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Marksville   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Evergreen   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Acme   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Monterey   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
East Baton Rouge
  Port Hudson   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Zachary   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Tristian Village   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Baker   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pride   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Brownfields   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Zion City   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Central   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Greenwell Springs   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Maribel Village   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Merrydale   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Baywood   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
East Feliciana
  Jackson   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Norwood   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ethel   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Slaughter   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Maringouin   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rosedale   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Grosse Tete   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Pointe Coupee
  Batchelor   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Innis   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lettsworth   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Morganza   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  New Roads   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Patin   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ventress   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hermitage   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Jarreau   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Oscar   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Glynn   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
Saint Helena
  Coleman Town   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Landry
  Melville   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Half Moon   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bayou Jack   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Palmetto   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Swayze Lake   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Immaculata   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lebeau   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Krotz Springs   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Morrow   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Port Barre   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
West Baton Rouge
  Erwinville   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Devalls   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Carey   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Port Allen   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Adams (MS)
  Carthage (MS)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Natchez (MS)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Amite (MS)
  Centreville (MS)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Gloster (MS)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Crosby (MS)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Franklin (MS)
  Garden City (MS)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
Wilkinson (MS)
  Woodville (MS)   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Rosetta (MS)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

Newspapers Published in Retreat ...

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 60 newspapers that have been published in the area around Retreat.

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - you should note 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 Retreat:

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 West Feliciana Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Avoyelles Parish:     Cyndi's



Concordia Parish:     Cyndi's



East Baton Rouge Parish:     Cyndi's



East Feliciana Parish:     Cyndi's



Iberville Parish:     Cyndi's



Pointe Coupee Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Helena Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Landry Parish:     Cyndi's



West Baton Rouge Parish:     Cyndi's



Adams County (MS):     Cyndi's



Amite County (MS):     Cyndi's



Franklin County (MS):     Cyndi's



Wilkinson County (MS):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of West Feliciana 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Cemeteries Near Retreat ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Retreat.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WNW Clifford Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Rogillio Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Linwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Comely Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mess Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Evans Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Arcole Cemetery   [Map]     
  N King Solomon Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Pt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE Edgefield Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Woodstock Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Barrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Clarksville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Riverside Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Ft. Adams Baptist Mission Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. John Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Grimes Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Dawson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Knox Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Ward Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Barrow Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Butler 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 Retreat in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Retreat.

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

Pinckneyville (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Retreat
 - Pinckneyville had a post office and no railroad service
Angola   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Retreat
 - Angola had a post office and no railroad service
Rowes Landing   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Retreat
 - 1895 population of 73 people
 - Rowes Landing had a post office and no railroad service
Fort Adams (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Retreat
 - 1895 population of 240 people
 - Fort Adams had a post office and no railroad service
Laurel Hill   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Retreat
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Laurel Hill had a post office and railroad service
Converse - Historic   [Map]
 - While Converse was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Retreat
 - Converse had a post office and no railroad service
Red River Landing   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Retreat
 - 1895 population of 148 people
 - Red River Landing had a post office and no railroad service
Smithland   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Retreat
 - 1895 population of 425 people
 - Smithland 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 Retreat. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Retreat in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About West Feliciana Parish

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Retreat. 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 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Retreat) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Retreat. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.9721, Longitude: -91.4851     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Retreat 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 Retreat, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






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