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Soco, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for Soco ...

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 Soco (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 Soco. 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 northeast corner of their home parish. During their lives, most doctors were in the next parish to the east. 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/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 north 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.

Soco is located in Claiborne Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Claiborne Parish: Columbia (AR), Union (AR), Bienville, Lincoln, Union & Webster.

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

Claiborne     (The home parish for Soco)
  Haynesville   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Dykesville   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Homer   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Summerfield   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Junction City   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Athens   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Sugar Creek   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Taylor   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gibsland   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Arcadia   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mount Lebanon   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bryceland   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Plain Dealing   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Eastwood   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Haughton   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Benton   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Hico   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dubach   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Simsboro   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Vienna   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lillie   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bernice   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Spearsville   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Shongaloo   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Cullen   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Springhill   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Sarepta   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cotton Valley   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Minden   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dixie Inn   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Dubberly   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Sibley   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Doyline   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Yellow Pine   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Heflin   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Columbia (AR)
  Emerson (AR)   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Macedonia (AR)   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Philadelphia (AR)   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Magnolia (AR)   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Taylor (AR)   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  McNeil (AR)   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Waldo (AR)   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  College Hill (AR)   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
Lafayette (AR)
  McKamie (AR)   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Buckner (AR)   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bradley (AR)   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Stamps (AR)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Walnut Hill (AR)   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Kress City (AR)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gin City (AR)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lewisville (AR)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Old Town (AR)   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
Miller (AR)
  Garland (AR)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Nevada (AR)
  Willisville (AR)   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
Ouachita (AR)
  Stephens (AR)   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pace City (AR)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Louann (AR)   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Joyce City (AR)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Union (AR)
  Dodge City (AR)   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Scotland (AR)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Mount Holly (AR)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Junction City (AR)   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lisbon (AR)   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dumas City (AR)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  El Dorado (AR)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sandy Land (AR)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Smackover (AR)   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Norphlet (AR)   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Perdue City (AR)   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lawson (AR)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Soco ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Soco.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Wards Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NE Traylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Forest Grove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Anderson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Haynesville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Teague Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Chalybeate Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Elliott Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oakes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Owen Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Gordon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Pilgrims Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Old Whitehall Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW White Hall African-American Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE New Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Riddle Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Glover Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Old Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Phipps Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Tinsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kendrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McClendon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Shongallo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Hudson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hightower Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Colquitt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Soco ...

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 49 newspapers that have been published in the area around Soco.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Soco, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Soco.

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

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

Haynesville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Soco
 - 1895 population of 200 people (with 2,078 people in 2018)
 - Haynesville had a post office and no railroad service
Ware (AR)   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Soco
 - Ware had a post office and no railroad service
Millerton   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West (W) from Soco
 - Millerton had a post office and no railroad service
Gordon   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Soco
 - 1895 population of 85 people
 - Gordon had a post office and no railroad service
Dykesville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Soco
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Dykesville had a post office and no railroad service
Shongaloo   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Soco
 - 1895 population of 42 people (with 172 people in 2018)
 - Shongaloo had a post office and no railroad service
Brister (AR)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Soco
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Brister had a post office and no railroad service
Atlanta (AR)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Soco
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Atlanta had a post office and no railroad service
Horsehead (AR)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Soco
 - Horsehead had a post office and no railroad service
Plainfield (AR)   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Soco
 - Plainfield 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 Soco. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Soco in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 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 Soco:

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 Claiborne Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Bienville Parish:     Cyndi's



Bossier Parish:     Cyndi's



Lincoln Parish:     Cyndi's



Union Parish:     Cyndi's



Webster Parish:     Cyndi's



Columbia County (AR):     Cyndi's



Lafayette County (AR):     Cyndi's



Miller County (AR):     Cyndi's



Nevada County (AR):     Cyndi's



Ouachita County (AR):     Cyndi's



Union County (AR):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of Claiborne Parish
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Louisiana, for Claiborne 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Louisiana

About Claiborne Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Soco. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.0029, Longitude: -93.1474     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Soco 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 Soco, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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