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Smithland, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for Smithland ...

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 Smithland (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 Smithland. 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.

Smithland is located in Pointe Coupee Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Pointe Coupee Parish: Avoyelles, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Saint Landry, Saint Martin, West Baton Rouge & West Feliciana.

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

Pointe Coupee     (The home parish for Smithland)
  Lettsworth   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Innis   [Map]     SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Batchelor   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Morganza   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  New Roads   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Fordoche   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Patin   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ventress   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Jarreau   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Oscar   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Elliot City - Historic   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Livonia   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Simmesport   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hamburg   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bordelonville   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Plaucheville   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Moreauville   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hickory   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cottonport   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Mansura   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Evergreen   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Marksville   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hessmer   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Acme   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Monterey   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
East Baton Rouge
  Port Hudson   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Zachary   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Baker   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Tristian Village   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Brownfields   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
East Feliciana
  Jackson   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ethel   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Norwood   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Slaughter   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Saint Landry   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ville Platte   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Maringouin   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rosedale   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Grosse Tete   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Echo   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cheneyville   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ruby   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Landry
  Melville   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bayou Jack   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Half Moon   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Palmetto   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Swayze Lake   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Immaculata   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lebeau   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Morrow   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Krotz Springs   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Port Barre   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Washington   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Leonville   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Opelousas   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
West Baton Rouge
  Erwinville   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Devalls   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Carey   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
West Feliciana
  Tunica   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Angola   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Wakefield   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Saint Francisville   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
Amite (MS)
  Centreville (MS)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Wilkinson (MS)
  Woodville (MS)   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Smithland ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Smithland.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Good Faith Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Levee Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Little Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Morefield Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pikes Peak Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Sunnyside Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Mt. Marias Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Royal Oak Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Comely Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pt. Lookout Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW True Vine Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jacoby Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mason Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Mt. Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Rogillio Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Turnbull Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Little Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Bowman Road Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW St. John Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Lower Latenache Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Clifford Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Smithland ...

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 24 newspapers that have been published in the area around Smithland.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Smithland, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Smithland.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Smithland had a population of 425 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service.

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

Red River Landing   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North (N) from Smithland
 - 1895 population of 148 people
 - Red River Landing had a post office and no railroad service
Rowes Landing   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Smithland
 - 1895 population of 73 people
 - Rowes Landing had a post office and no railroad service
Angola   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Smithland
 - Angola had a post office and no railroad service
Merrick   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Smithland
 - 1895 population of 124 people
 - Merrick had a post office and no railroad service
Legonier   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smithland
 - 1895 population of 51 people
 - Legonier had a post office and no railroad service
Odenburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Smithland
 - Odenburg had a post office and no railroad service
Raccourci - Historic   [Map]
 - While Raccourci was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Smithland
 - 1895 population of 175 people
 - Raccourci had a post office and no railroad service
Simmesport   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Smithland
 - 1895 population of 103 people (with 2,088 people in 2018)
 - Simmesport 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 Smithland. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Smithland in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 - 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 Smithland:

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 Pointe Coupee 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



Evangeline Parish:     Cyndi's



Iberville Parish:     Cyndi's



Rapides Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Landry Parish:     Cyndi's



West Baton Rouge Parish:     Cyndi's



West Feliciana Parish:     Cyndi's



Amite County (MS):     Cyndi's



Wilkinson County (MS):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of Pointe Coupee 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 ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Smithland ...

While our initial data about Smithland came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Smithland in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Smithland.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Smithland:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Smithland. See our Misc Page for Smithland for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Louisiana

About Pointe Coupee Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Smithland. 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Smithland) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Smithland. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.9102, Longitude: -91.6637     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Smithland 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 Smithland, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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