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Our Genealogy Helper for Somers ...

So far, we have found very little information about Somers. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Somers to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Somers, please Contact Us.


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 Somers (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 Somers. 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 southeast corner of their home parish. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next parish to the east. 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 east 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.

Although our information shows that the community of Somers is historic, it would have been located within present day 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 Somers. For each of these parishes, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Somers:

  DirDistance
Saint Landry     (The home parish for Somers)
  Melville   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]<2>
  Palmetto   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bayou Jack   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Half Moon   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Swayze Lake   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Immaculata   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Lebeau   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Morrow   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Krotz Springs   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Port Barre   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Washington   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Opelousas   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Leonville   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Acadia
  Church Point   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Higginbotham   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Avoyelles
  Simmesport   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Plaucheville   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Hickory   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hamburg   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cottonport   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Moreauville   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Evergreen   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bordelonville   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Mansura   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Gold Dust   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Bunkie   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Concordia
  Acme   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
East Baton Rouge
  Port Hudson   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Zachary   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
East Feliciana
  Jackson   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ethel   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Slaughter   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Evangeline
  Saint Landry   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ville Platte   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bayou Chicot   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Chataignier   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Pine Prairie   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Turkey Creek   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mamou   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Reddell   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Iberville
  Maringouin   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Rosedale   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Grosse Tete   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Lafayette
  Stekey   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Carencro   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Pointe Coupee
  Batchelor   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Innis   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Lettsworth   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Morganza   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  East Krotz Springs   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Elliot City - Historic   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Fordoche   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Lottie   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  New Roads   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Livonia   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Jarreau   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Oscar   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
 
Rapides
  Cheneyville   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Echo   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Ruby   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lecompte   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Saint Martin
  Cecilia   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Breaux Bridge   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Parks   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
West Baton Rouge
  Erwinville   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Carey   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Devalls   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
West Feliciana
  Angola   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Tunica   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Saint Francisville   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wakefield   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Wilkinson (MS)
  Woodville (MS)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Somers ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Somers.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Atchafalaya Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE New Light Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Mt. Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mason Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  N Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lower Latenache Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mt. Marias Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  E St. Marks Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Little Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jacoby Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Apostolic Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Goudeau Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McBride Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Stephens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Good Faith Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Levee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Morefield Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Somers ...

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 2 newspapers that have been published in the area around Somers.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Somers, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Somers.

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.

While we didn't find Somers in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Somers.

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

Elba   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Somers
 - Elba had a post office and no railroad service
 
Palmetto   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Somers
 - Palmetto had a post office and railroad service
 
Odenburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Somers
 - Odenburg had a post office and no railroad service
 
Melville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Somers
 - 1895 population of 361 people (with 1,047 people in 2018)
 - Melville had a post office and railroad service
 
Viva   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Somers
 - Viva had a post office and no railroad service
 
Ravenswood   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Somers
 - Ravenswood had railroad service and no post office
 
Smithland   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Somers
 - 1895 population of 425 people
 - Smithland had a post office and no railroad service
 
Legonier   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Somers
 - 1895 population of 51 people
 - Legonier had a post office and no railroad service
 
Rosa   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Somers
 - Rosa had railroad service and no post office

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

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 Saint Landry Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Acadia Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Avoyelles Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Concordia 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

 
Evangeline Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Iberville Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Lafayette Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pointe Coupee Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Rapides Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Saint Martin Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
West Baton Rouge Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
West Feliciana Parish:     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 Saint Landry Parish
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   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
 
Also see Disaster Stories for ...
      Mississippi

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Louisiana

About Saint Landry Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Somers, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>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- Somers) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Somers. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.8021, Longitude: -91.8082     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Somers have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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