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Simms, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for Simms ...

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 Simms (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 Simms. 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 hospitals and doctors 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.

Simms is located in Grant Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Grant Parish: La Salle, Natchitoches, Rapides & Winn.

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

Grant     (The home parish for Simms)
  Pollock   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Creola   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Stay   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Bentley   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Antonia   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Dry Prong   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Colfax   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Georgetown   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Center Point   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  North Point   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Effie   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Vick   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Egg Bend   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Marksville   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hessmer   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mansura   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bunkie   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Eola   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bordelonville   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cottonport   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kelly   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rhinehart   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Aimwell   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Jonesville   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Acme   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wildsville   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Turkey Creek   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
La Salle
  Sharp Town   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Trout   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Midway   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Jena   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Tullos   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Summerville   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Urania   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Olla   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cloutierville   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gorum   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Melrose   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Natchez   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ball   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Libuse   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Alexandria   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Alexandria Junction   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Anandale   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Kolin   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Boyce   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Deville   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Zimmerman   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hot Wells   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Gardner   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Leander   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lacamp   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Simpson   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hicks   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Atlanta   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Joyce   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Winnfield   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Saint Maurice   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Calvin   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Simms ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Simms.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Restland Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Clear Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Pollock Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Venus Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Forest Lawn Memorial Park   [Map]     
  W Frazier Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Labat Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Leckie Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Lone Pine Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Guynes Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Coleman Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Maryhill Seminary Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Parsonage Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Greenwood Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Bnai Israel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Newlight Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Alexandria National Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Holly Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lincoln Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wesley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lofton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dry Pong Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Union Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Anthony Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Cruikshank Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in Simms ...

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 37 newspapers that have been published in the area around Simms.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Simms, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Simms.

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 Simms in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Simms.

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

Fishville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Simms
 - Fishville had a post office and no railroad service
Pineville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Simms
 - 1895 population of 540 people (with 14,290 people in 2018)
 - Pineville had a post office and no railroad service
Alexandria   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Simms
 - 1895 population of 2,861 people (with 46,776 people in 2018)
 - Alexandria had a post office and railroad service
Rapides   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Simms
 - Rapides had a post office and railroad service
Holloway   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Simms
 - Holloway had a post office and no railroad service
Weil   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Simms
 - Weil had a post office and no railroad service
Boyce   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Simms
 - 1895 population of 301 people (with 991 people in 2018)
 - Boyce had a post office and railroad service
Fairmount   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West (W) from Simms
 - 1895 population of 153 people
 - Fairmount had a post office and no railroad service
Colfax   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Simms
 - 1895 population of 161 people (with 1,492 people in 2018)
 - Colfax 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 Simms. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Simms in the 1890's.

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 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 Simms:

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 Grant Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Avoyelles Parish:     Cyndi's



Caldwell Parish:     Cyndi's



Catahoula Parish:     Cyndi's



Concordia Parish:     Cyndi's



Evangeline Parish:     Cyndi's



La Salle Parish:     Cyndi's



Natchitoches Parish:     Cyndi's



Rapides 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 Grant Parish
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Louisiana, for Grant 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Louisiana

About Grant Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Simms. 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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Simms) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Simms. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.4613, Longitude: -92.4235     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Simms have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<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:

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<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 Simms, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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