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Soileau, Louisiana
(Saint Landry Parish)

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Our Genealogy Helper for Soileau ...

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 Soileau (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 Soileau. 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 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.

Soileau is located in Saint Landry Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Landry Parish: Acadia, Avoyelles, Evangeline, Lafayette, Pointe Coupee & Saint Martin.

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

Saint Landry     (The home parish for Soileau)
  Washington   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Opelousas   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Lebeau   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Immaculata   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Lawtell   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Port Barre   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Morrow   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Palmetto   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lewisburg   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bayou Jack   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Leonville   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Grand Coteau   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Sunset   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Church Point   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Higginbotham   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Branch   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Rayne   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ellis   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Iota   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Crowley   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ebenezer   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Egan   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Estherwood   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Evangeline   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oakdale   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pawnee   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Oberlin   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Coverdale   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lauderdale   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Gold Dust   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Milburn   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Eola   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Evergreen   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bunkie   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Hickory   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cottonport   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Plaucheville   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Hessmer   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Moreauville   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hamburg   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ville Platte   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Chataignier   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Saint Landry   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Mamou   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bayou Chicot   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Reddell   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Pine Prairie   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Turkey Creek   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Duralde   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Basile   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Maringouin   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Jefferson Davis
  Elton   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Carencro   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Stekey   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Scott   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Duson   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Lafayette   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Broussard   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Milton   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Youngsville   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Pointe Coupee
  East Krotz Springs   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Elliot City - Historic   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lottie   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fordoche   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Batchelor   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Innis   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Morganza   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lettsworth   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Livonia   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Jarreau   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  New Roads   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Oscar   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cheneyville   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Echo   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lecompte   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Glenmora   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Longleaf   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  McNary   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Ruby   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Martin
  Cecilia   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Breaux Bridge   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Parks   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Catahoula Cove   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Levert   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Saint John   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Duchamp   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Isle Labbe   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Saint Martinville   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cade   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Banker Plantation   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Maurice   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Andrew   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
West Feliciana
  Angola   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Tunica   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Soileau ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Soileau.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Cedar Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hebrew Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Grand Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW St. Andrews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Whipp Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Chimleyville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Frilot Cove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WNW Soileaus Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Young Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  N St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Deville Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE St. Landry Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Green Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lafleur Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Atteles Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bertrand Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pitre Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jules Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Green Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Saquette Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Evangeline Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE McBride Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Goudeau Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fontenot Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Johns Memorial Garden   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Soileau ...

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 45 newspapers that have been published in the area around Soileau.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Soileau, 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 Soileau.

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

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

Plaisance   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Soileau
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Plaisance had a post office and no railroad service
Washington   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Soileau
 - 1895 population of 1,064 people (with 929 people in 2018)
 - Washington had a post office and railroad service
Beggs   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Soileau
 - Beggs had railroad service and no post office
Garland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Soileau
 - Garland had a post office and railroad service
Boretta   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Soileau
 - 1895 population of 50 people
 - Boretta had a post office and no railroad service
Dubuisson   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from Soileau
 - Dubuisson had railroad service and no post office
Opelousas   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Soileau
 - 1895 population of 1,572 people (with 16,126 people in 2018)
 - Opelousas had a post office and railroad service
Whiteville   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Soileau
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Whiteville had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Soileau. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Soileau in the 1890's.

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 - 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 Soileau:

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 Saint Landry Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Acadia Parish:     Cyndi's



Allen Parish:     Cyndi's



Avoyelles Parish:     Cyndi's



Evangeline Parish:     Cyndi's



Iberville Parish:     Cyndi's



Jefferson Davis Parish:     Cyndi's



Lafayette Parish:     Cyndi's



Pointe Coupee Parish:     Cyndi's



Rapides Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Martin Parish:     Cyndi's



Vermilion Parish:     Cyndi's



West Feliciana Parish:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of Saint Landry Parish
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Louisiana, for Saint Landry 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 within Louisiana

About Saint Landry Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Soileau. 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- Soileau) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Soileau. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.6513, Longitude: -92.1168     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Soileau 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 Soileau, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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