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Soniat, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for Soniat ...

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 Soniat (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 Soniat. 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.

Soniat is located in Iberville Parish.

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

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

Iberville     (The home parish for Soniat)
  White Castle   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Bayou Goula   [Map]     N   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Carville   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Saint Gabriel   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Sunshine   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Plaquemine   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Morrisonville - Historic   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Grosse Tete   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Rosedale   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Maringouin   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Geismar   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Barton   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Darrow   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Dutch Town   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Donaldsonville   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Cornerview   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Aben   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Burnside   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Gonzales   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bullion   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Duplessis   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Prairieville   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bruly Saint Martin   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Bayou Corne - Historic   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Grand Bayou   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Belle Rose   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Burbank - Historic   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Brulie Maurin   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Paincourtville   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Plaincourtville   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Sweet Home   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Pierre Part   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Brusle Saint Vincent   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Plattenville   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
East Baton Rouge
  Gardere   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Oak Hills Place   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Village Saint George   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Perkins Village   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Essen   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lynwood Village   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Inniswold   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Old Jefferson   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Westminster   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Shenandoah   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Baton Rouge   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Beauregard Town   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
East Feliciana
  Slaughter   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Jeanerette   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Loreauville   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  New Iberia   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Chackbay   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Thibodaux   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kraemer   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Port Vincent   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  French Settlement   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Denham Springs   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Walker   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Maurepas   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Watson   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Livingston   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Killian   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Holden   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Starns   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Pointe Coupee
  Lakeland   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rougon   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Glynn   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hermitage   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Jarreau   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Livonia   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Oscar   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Patin   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ventress   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fordoche   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lottie   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint James
  Free Town   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Chatman Town   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Uncle Sam   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Convent   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Saint James   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Lagan   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Hester   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lutcher   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gramercy   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Paulina   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Vacherie   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  North Vacherie   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Saint John the Baptist
  Wallace   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mount Airy   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Garyville   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Edgard   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Reserve   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Martin
  Bayou Geneve   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Stephenville   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Coteau Holmes   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bankers   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Catahoula Cove   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Isle Labbe   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Banker Plantation   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Saint John   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Levert   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Parks   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Mary
  Charenton   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Irish Bend   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fairville   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Caffery   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Katy   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sterling   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Berwick   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Morgan City   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wilsons Landing   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Baldwin   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Verdunville   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gibson   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Donner   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Schriever   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Magnolia Plantation   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Minerva Plantation   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Gray   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
West Baton Rouge
  Addis   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Brusly   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Port Allen   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Carey   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Devalls   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Erwinville   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Soniat ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Soniat.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE White Castle Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. John Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  S First Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Paul Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Raspberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ENE Brazil Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Pilgrim Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Gabriel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pt. Pleasant Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE St. Raphael Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  NNE Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E St. Phillip Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rock Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE St. Martins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Emanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Highlands Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Grace Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE St. Jules Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Mt. Pelgrim Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Soniat ...

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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Soniat.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Soniat, there are papers which were published within 14 miles [22.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Soniat.

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

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

Bayou Goula   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from Soniat
 - 1895 population of 769 people
 - Bayou Goula had a post office and railroad service
Saint Gabriel   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Soniat
 - 1895 population of 450 people (with 7,367 people in 2018)
 - Saint Gabriel had railroad service and no post office
McCall   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Soniat
 - McCall had a post office and railroad service
Hohen Solms   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Soniat
 - 1895 population of 120 people
 - Hohen Solms had a post office and no railroad service
Southwood   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Soniat
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Southwood had railroad service and no post office
Geary - Historic   [Map]
 - While Geary was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Soniat
 - Geary had a post office and no railroad service
Geismar   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Soniat
 - Geismar had a post office and no railroad service
Sunshine   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Soniat
 - Sunshine had a post office and no railroad service
Smoke Bend   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Soniat
 - Smoke Bend 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 Soniat. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Soniat in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Soniat:

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 Iberville Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Ascension Parish:     Cyndi's



Assumption Parish:     Cyndi's



East Baton Rouge Parish:     Cyndi's



East Feliciana Parish:     Cyndi's



Iberia Parish:     Cyndi's



Lafourche Parish:     Cyndi's



Livingston Parish:     Cyndi's



Pointe Coupee Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint James Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint John the Baptist Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Martin Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Mary Parish:     Cyndi's



Terrebonne Parish:     Cyndi's



West Baton Rouge Parish:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of Iberville 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community located in Louisiana

About Iberville Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Iberville Parish:

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Soniat. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.1705, Longitude: -91.1612     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Soniat 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 Soniat, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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