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South Merrydale, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for South Merrydale ...

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 Merrydale (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 Merrydale. 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 Merrydale ...

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 Merrydale.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Merrydale: S. Merrydale

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 northeast corner of their home parish. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next parish to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the parish to the north.

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 north 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 Merrydale is located in East Baton Rouge Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of East Baton Rouge Parish: Ascension, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Saint Helena, West Baton Rouge & West Feliciana.

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

East Baton Rouge     (The home parish for South Merrydale)
  Merrydale   [Map]     E   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Maribel Village   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles
  Zion City   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles
  Brownfields   [Map]     N   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Baton Rouge   [Map]     S   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Monticello   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Beauregard Town   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Baker   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Tristian Village   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Central   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Westminster   [Map]     S   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Essen   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Hope Villa   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bullion   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Hobart   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Prairieville   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Galvez Town   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Little Prairie   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Dutch Town   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Claybank   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Duplessis   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Galvez   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Cornerview   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Burbank - Historic   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Belle Rose   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bruly Saint Martin   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Brulie Maurin   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bayou Corne - Historic   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Grand Bayou   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sweet Home   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Paincourtville   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Plaincourtville   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Plattenville   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Brusle Saint Vincent   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Munsons   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
East Feliciana
  Slaughter   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Ethel   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Norwood   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Morrisonville - Historic   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Sunshine   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Plaquemine   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Saint Gabriel   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Carville   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Grosse Tete   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bayou Goula   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rosedale   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  White Castle   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Maringouin   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Denham Springs   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Watson   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Walker   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Port Vincent   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  French Settlement   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Livingston   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Holden   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Starns   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Maurepas   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Albany   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Killian   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
Pointe Coupee
  Glynn   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hermitage   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Rougon   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Lakeland   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Jarreau   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Patin   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ventress   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Oscar   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  New Roads   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Livonia   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Fordoche   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
Saint Helena
  Pine Grove   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Montpelier   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Coleman Town   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Greensburg   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Saint James
  Free Town   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Chatman Town   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Uncle Sam   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Convent   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lutcher   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gramercy   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hester   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Saint James   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lagan   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Paulina   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Landry
  Krotz Springs   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Melville   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Independence   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Natalbany   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Tickfaw   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hammond   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Amite City   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ponchatoula   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Roseland   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
West Baton Rouge
  Port Allen   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Brusly   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Devalls   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Carey   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Addis   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Erwinville   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
West Feliciana
  Saint Francisville   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wakefield   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Tunica   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Angola   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Amite (MS)
  Centreville (MS)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near South Merrydale ...

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

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Live Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Gilbert Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSW Roselawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Greenoaks Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  E Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Devall Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Devall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Southern Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Baton Rouge National Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sweet Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Bible Students Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shanks Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hillcrest Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Nickwack Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  ENE Youngblood Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Benevolent Society Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Laboring Society Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kleinpeter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Knox Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Bradford Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Catherine Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Silvery Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Woodlawn Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE O'Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Denham Springs Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Chambers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Plainview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Amite Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Womack Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Odom Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McHugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Allendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Westover Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Antioch Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Newsom Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lovett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Black Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in South Merrydale ...

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 97 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Merrydale.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of South Merrydale, there are papers which were published within 3 miles [4.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for South Merrydale.

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

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

Baton Rouge   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from South Merrydale
 - 1895 population of 10,478 people (with 221,599 people in 2018)
 - Baton Rouge had a post office and railroad service
Port Allen   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from South Merrydale
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 4,968 people in 2018)
 - Port Allen had a post office and railroad service
Baker   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from South Merrydale
 - Baker had a post office and railroad service
Lobdell   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from South Merrydale
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Lobdell had a post office and no railroad service
Magnolia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from South Merrydale
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Magnolia had a post office and no railroad service
Denham Springs   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from South Merrydale
 - 1895 population of 28 people (with 9,783 people in 2018)
 - Denham Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Zachary   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from South Merrydale
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 17,678 people in 2018)
 - Zachary had a post office and railroad service
Brusly Landing   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from South Merrydale
 - 1895 population of 315 people
 - Brusly Landing had a post office and railroad service
Gardere   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from South Merrydale
 - Gardere had railroad service and no post office
Irene   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from South Merrydale
 - Irene had a post office and no railroad service
Devalls   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from South Merrydale
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Devalls had a post office and no railroad service
Hopeville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hopeville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from South Merrydale
 - 1895 population of 125 people
 - Hopeville 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 Merrydale. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Merrydale in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin 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 Merrydale:

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 East Baton Rouge Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Ascension Parish:     Cyndi's



Assumption Parish:     Cyndi's



East Feliciana Parish:     Cyndi's



Iberville Parish:     Cyndi's



Livingston Parish:     Cyndi's



Pointe Coupee Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Helena Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint James Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Landry Parish:     Cyndi's



Tangipahoa Parish:     Cyndi's



West Baton Rouge Parish:     Cyndi's



West Feliciana Parish:     Cyndi's



Amite County (MS):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of East Baton Rouge Parish
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Louisiana, for East Baton Rouge 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 ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community in Louisiana

About East Baton Rouge Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for South Merrydale. 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 from Point A (ie- South Merrydale) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Merrydale. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.5005, Longitude: -91.1232     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Merrydale 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 South Merrydale, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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