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Our Genealogy Helper for Sorrel ...

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 Sorrel (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 Sorrel. 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 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.

Sorrel is located in Saint Mary Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Mary Parish: Iberia, Saint Martin & Terrebonne.

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

  DirDistance
Saint Mary     (The home parish for Sorrel)
  Bodin   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Caneland   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Charenton   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Baldwin   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Glencoe   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Katy   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Florence   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Caffery   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Irish Bend   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Sterling   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Cote Blanche Landing   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Cypremort   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
 
Ascension
  Barton   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Donaldsonville   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Darrow   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Assumption
  Belle River   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pierre Part   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bayou Corne - Historic   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Attakapas Landing   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Grand Bayou   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Attakapas Canal   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bayou Crab   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bellewood   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bruly Saint Martin   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Brusle Saint Vincent   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Enola   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wildwood   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Elm Hall   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Iberia
  Jeanerette   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Lydia   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Loreauville   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  New Iberia   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Avery Island   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
 
Iberville
  Indian Village   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  White Castle   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bayou Goula   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Plaquemine   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Grosse Tete   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Carville   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Morrisonville - Historic   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rosedale   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Saint Gabriel   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sunshine   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Lafayette
  Broussard   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Youngsville   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Milton   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lafayette   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Scott   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Stekey   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Carencro   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Saint Landry
  Portage   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Arnaudville   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Saint Martin
  Coteau Holmes   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bankers   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Banker Plantation   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Delacroix   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Saint Martinville   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Isle Labbe   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Saint John   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Catahoula Cove   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cade   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Levert   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Duchamp   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Parks   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Terrebonne
  Gibson   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Vermilion
  Delcambre   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Erath   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Abbeville   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Perry   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Maurice   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Intracoastal City   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Andrew   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kaplan   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
West Baton Rouge
  Addis   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Sorrel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sorrel.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Sorrel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Crossroads Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  WNW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WNW McGowen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  E Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Bayside Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Special Providence Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Sacred Heart Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Trinity UMC Cemetery<3>   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Immaculate Conception Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW Boynton Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  ESE Israelite Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW St. Helens Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SE Franklin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Perpetual Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Stirling Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Oaklawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in Sorrel ...

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 20 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sorrel.

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

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.<4>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Sorrel had railroad service and no post office.

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

Jeanerette   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Sorrel
 - 1895 population of 1,309 people (with 5,232 people in 2018)
 - Jeanerette had a post office and railroad service
 
Baldwin   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sorrel
 - 1895 population of 300 people (with 2,244 people in 2018)
 - Baldwin had a post office and railroad service
 
Charenton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Sorrel
 - 1895 population of 200 people
 - Charenton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Glencoe   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sorrel
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Glencoe had a post office and railroad service
 
Patoutville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Sorrel
 - Patoutville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Franklin   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sorrel
 - 1895 population of 2,127 people (with 6,786 people in 2018)
 - Franklin had a post office and railroad service
 
Irish Bend   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sorrel
 - Irish Bend had a post office and no railroad service
 
Cypremort   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sorrel
 - Cypremort 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 Sorrel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sorrel 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 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 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 Sorrel:

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 Mary Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Ascension Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Assumption Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Iberia 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

 
Saint Landry Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Saint Martin Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Terrebonne Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Vermilion Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
West Baton Rouge Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of Saint Mary Parish
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sorrel ...

While our initial data about Sorrel came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Sorrel 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 Sorrel.

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 Sorrel:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Louisiana

About Saint Mary Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

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- Sorrel) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sorrel. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.8891, Longitude: -91.6168     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sorrel 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: findagrave.com.

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<3>UMC is an abbreviation for the United Methodist Church. Although we don't have a link to the cemetery itself, you might be curious about the United Methodist Church. See their website at: United Methodist Church website.

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<4>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 Sorrel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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