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South Bend, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for South Bend ...

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 South Bend (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 South Bend. 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.

Name Variations for South Bend ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with South Bend.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Bend: S. Bend

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 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.

South Bend 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 South Bend. For each of these parishes, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to South Bend:

Saint Mary     (The home parish for South Bend)
  Ellerslie   [Map]     E   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Luke Landing   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Maria   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Garden City   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Ricohoc   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Calumet   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Verdunville   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Caffery   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Sterling   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Cote Blanche Landing   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Irish Bend   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Belle River   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Attakapas Landing   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Pierre Part   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Attakapas Canal   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bayou Crab   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lower Texas   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bellewood   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wildwood   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bayou Corne - Historic   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Brusle Saint Vincent   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Elm Hall   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Georgia   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Grand Bayou   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Jeanerette   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lydia   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Avery Island   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  New Iberia   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Loreauville   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
Saint Martin
  Stephenville   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Bayou Geneve   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Coteau Holmes   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Bankers   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Banker Plantation   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Delacroix   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cade   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Saint Martinville   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Isle Labbe   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Duchamp   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Saint John   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Catahoula Cove   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Gibson   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Donner   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Delcambre   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Erath   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Intracoastal City   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near South Bend ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of South Bend.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SSW South Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NE North Bend Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NE Gratt Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NE Douglas Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  NE Shadyside - Fairfax Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Little Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Perpetual Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Franklin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  NNE Stirling Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 13 miles [20.9 km]  
  N Trinity UMC Cemetery<3>   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Palo Alto Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in South Bend ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Bend.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of South Bend, there are papers which were published within 30 miles [48.3 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for South Bend.

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>

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

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

Bayou Sale   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from South Bend
 - Bayou Sale had railroad service and no post office
Ricohoc   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from South Bend
 - Ricohoc had railroad service and no post office
Franklin   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from South Bend
 - 1895 population of 2,127 people (with 6,786 people in 2018)
 - Franklin had a post office and railroad service
Irish Bend   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from South Bend
 - Irish Bend had a post office and no railroad service
Patterson   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from South Bend
 - 1895 population of 1,414 people (with 5,839 people in 2018)
 - Patterson had a post office and railroad service
Glencoe   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from South Bend
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Glencoe had a post office and railroad service
Baldwin   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the North (N) from South Bend
 - 1895 population of 300 people (with 2,244 people in 2018)
 - Baldwin had a post office and railroad service
Charenton   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the North (N) from South Bend
 - 1895 population of 200 people
 - Charenton 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 South Bend. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Bend 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 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 South Bend:

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 Mary Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Assumption Parish:     Cyndi's



Iberia Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Martin Parish:     Cyndi's



Terrebonne Parish:     Cyndi's



Vermilion Parish:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of Saint Mary 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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Louisiana

About Saint Mary Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for South Bend. 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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- South Bend) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for South Bend. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from South Bend

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Bend. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.6302, Longitude: -91.5357     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Bend 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>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 South Bend, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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