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South Merrywoods, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for South Merrywoods ...

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 Merrywoods (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 Merrywoods. 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 Merrywoods ...

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 Merrywoods.

  • Typical abbreviation for South Merrywoods: S. Merrywoods

Neighboring Parishes/Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring parishes/counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast 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 south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring parishes/counties 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/counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

South Merrywoods is located in Bossier Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Bossier Parish: Lafayette (AR), Miller (AR), Bienville, Caddo, Red River & Webster.

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

Bossier     (The home parish for South Merrywoods)
  Eastwood   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Espanita Village   [Map]     W   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Haughton   [Map]     SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Red Chute   [Map]     W   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Bossier City   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Parkland Village   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Benton   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Elm Grove   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Plain Dealing   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Ringgold   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Taylor   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Jamestown   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Gibsland   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Mount Lebanon   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Castor   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Alberta   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bryceland   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bienville   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Arcadia   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lucky   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Normandy Village   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Shreveport   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Ellerbe Woods   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Chateau Village   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Silver Pine Village   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Summer Grove   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Longwood Village   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Western Hills Village   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Edgewood Village   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  South Towne Heights   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Blanchard   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Belcher   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Keithville   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Athens   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dykesville   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Homer   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Haynesville   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Sugar Creek   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
De Soto
  Frierson   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Stonewall   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Gloster   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Keachi   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Grand Cane   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Mansfield   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  South Mansfield   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Longstreet   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ashland   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Red River
  East Point   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Abington   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Hall Summit   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Halfway   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Harmon   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Edgefield   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Martin   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Coushatta   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Doyline   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Dixie Inn   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Yellow Pine   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Sibley   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Minden   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Dubberly   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Heflin   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Cotton Valley   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Sarepta   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cullen   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Shongaloo   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Springhill   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
Columbia (AR)
  Taylor (AR)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lafayette (AR)
  Bradley (AR)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Gin City (AR)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Walnut Hill (AR)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
Miller (AR)
  Capps City (AR)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Cass (TX)
  McLeod (TX)   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Harrison (TX)
  Waskom (TX)   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Jonesville (TX)   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Uncertain (TX)   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Karnack (TX)   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Elysian Fields (TX)   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Scottsville (TX)   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Panola (TX)
  Panola (TX)   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  De Berry (TX)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near South Merrywoods ...

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

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Fillmore Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  ESE Haughton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hillcrest Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Allen Town Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Mayflower Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oakland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hawkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Camp Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E Raine Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Koran Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Vanorsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Red River Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Pauls Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Jim Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crowe Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pilkinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Growing Valley Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in South Merrywoods ...

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 74 newspapers that have been published in the area around South Merrywoods.

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

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.<2>

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

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

Bodcau   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from South Merrywoods
 - Bodcau had railroad service and no post office
Haughton   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from South Merrywoods
 - 1895 population of 305 people (with 3,382 people in 2018)
 - Haughton had a post office and railroad service
Bossier City   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from South Merrywoods
 - 1895 population of 202 people (with 68,235 people in 2018)
 - Bossier City had a post office and no railroad service
Doyline   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from South Merrywoods
 - 1895 population of 52 people (with 775 people in 2018)
 - Doyline had a post office and no railroad service
Bellevue   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from South Merrywoods
 - 1895 population of 212 people
 - Bellevue had a post office and no railroad service
Curtis   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from South Merrywoods
 - Curtis had a post office and no railroad service
Brownlee   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from South Merrywoods
 - Brownlee had a post office and no railroad service
Vanceville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from South Merrywoods
 - Vanceville 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 South Merrywoods. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring South Merrywoods 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 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 South Merrywoods:

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 Bossier Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Bienville Parish:     Cyndi's



Caddo Parish:     Cyndi's



Claiborne Parish:     Cyndi's



De Soto Parish:     Cyndi's



Natchitoches Parish:     Cyndi's



Red River Parish:     Cyndi's



Webster Parish:     Cyndi's



Columbia County (AR):     Cyndi's



Lafayette County (AR):     Cyndi's



Miller County (AR):     Cyndi's



Cass County (TX):     Cyndi's



Harrison County (TX):     Cyndi's



Panola County (TX):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of Bossier 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
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Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Bossier Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Bossier Parish:

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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- South Merrywoods) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in South Merrywoods. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5543, Longitude: -93.5602     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for South Merrywoods have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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 Merrywoods, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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