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Our Genealogy Helper for Smithfield ...

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 Smithfield (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 Smithfield. 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Smithfield is located in West Baton Rouge Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of West Baton Rouge Parish: East Baton Rouge, Iberville & Pointe Coupee.

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

  DirDistance
West Baton Rouge     (The home parish for Smithfield)
  Devalls   [Map]     S   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Carey   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Erwinville   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Port Allen   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Brusly   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Addis   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
 
Ascension
  Bullion   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Hope Villa   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Prairieville   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hobart   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Little Prairie   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dutch Town   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Galvez Town   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cornerview   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Duplessis   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Galvez   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Geismar   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Claybank   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Assumption
  Bruly Saint Martin   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Burbank - Historic   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bayou Corne - Historic   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Grand Bayou   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Belle Rose   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Brulie Maurin   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Paincourtville   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Pierre Part   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Plaincourtville   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Sweet Home   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
East Baton Rouge
  Baker   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Zion City   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Port Hudson   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Tristian Village   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Beauregard Town   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Brownfields   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Zachary   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Maribel Village   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Merrydale   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Baton Rouge   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Central   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Essen   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Inniswold   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
 
East Feliciana
  Slaughter   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Ethel   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Norwood   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Iberville
  Grosse Tete   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Rosedale   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Maringouin   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Morrisonville - Historic   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Plaquemine   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sunshine   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Saint Gabriel   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Bayou Goula   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Carville   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  White Castle   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Livingston
  Denham Springs   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Watson   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Walker   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Port Vincent   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Livingston   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  French Settlement   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Holden   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Starns   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Pointe Coupee
  Glynn   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Rougon   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Hermitage   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Lakeland   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Jarreau   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Oscar   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Patin   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Ventress   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  New Roads   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Livonia   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Fordoche   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lottie   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Saint Helena
  Pine Grove   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Coleman Town   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Montpelier   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Saint Landry
  Krotz Springs   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Melville   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Half Moon   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Swayze Lake   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Portage   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Palmetto   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Arnaudville   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Port Barre   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Saint Martin
  Henderson   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Catahoula Cove   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cecilia   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bankers   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Coteau Holmes   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Isle Labbe   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Parks   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Banker Plantation   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Breaux Bridge   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Saint John   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
West Feliciana
  Saint Francisville   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Wakefield   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Tunica   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Angola   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Amite (MS)
  Centreville (MS)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Wilkinson (MS)
  Woodville (MS)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Smithfield ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smithfield.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Alford Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Greater Shiloh Missionary Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Allendale Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Westover Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Catherine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Benevolent Society Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Silvery Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nickwack Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N Glennon Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Cain Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Ambrose Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E Southern Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Chenal Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Live Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Devall Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Port Hudson National Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Azalea Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Port Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Baton Rouge National Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sweet Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Roselawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hillcrest Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NE Shaffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Stanford Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Young Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Smithfield ...

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 15 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smithfield.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smithfield, there are papers which were published within 10 miles [16.1 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smithfield.

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

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

Devalls   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the South (S) from Smithfield
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Devalls had a post office and no railroad service
 
Arbroth   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smithfield
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Arbroth had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lobdell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smithfield
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Lobdell had a post office and no railroad service
 
Irene   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Smithfield
 - Irene had a post office and no railroad service
 
Lakeland   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smithfield
 - 1895 population of 200 people
 - Lakeland had a post office and no railroad service
 
Port Allen   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Smithfield
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 4,968 people in 2018)
 - Port Allen had a post office and railroad service
 
Baker   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Smithfield
 - Baker had a post office and railroad service
 
Port Hudson   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Smithfield
 - 1895 population of 225 people
 - Port Hudson 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 Smithfield. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smithfield 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 Smithfield:

These websites are specific to Louisiana:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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 Baton Rouge Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Ascension Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Assumption Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
East Baton Rouge Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
East Feliciana Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Iberville Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Livingston Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pointe Coupee Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Saint Helena Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Saint Landry Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Saint Martin Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
West Feliciana Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Amite County (MS):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Wilkinson County (MS):     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of West Baton Rouge Parish
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   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 ...
      Mississippi

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Louisiana

About West Baton Rouge Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for West Baton Rouge Parish: www.wbrcouncil.org/

The official website for State of Louisiana: louisiana.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Smithfield) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smithfield. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.5455, Longitude: -91.2946     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smithfield 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: findagrave.com.

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

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