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Southdowns, Louisiana
(East Baton Rouge Parish)

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Our Genealogy Helper for Southdowns ...

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 Southdowns (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 Southdowns. 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 northeast 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 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.

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

East Baton Rouge     (The home parish for Southdowns)
  Baton Rouge   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Essen   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Lynwood Village   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Inniswold   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Westminster   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Beauregard Town   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Gardere   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Maribel Village   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Oak Hills Place   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Perkins Village   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Village Saint George   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Merrydale   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Bullion   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Hope Villa   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Prairieville   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hobart   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Dutch Town   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Little Prairie   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Galvez Town   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Cornerview   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Duplessis   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Galvez   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Geismar   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Belle Rose   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bruly Saint Martin   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Burbank - Historic   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bayou Corne - Historic   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Brulie Maurin   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Grand Bayou   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sweet Home   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Paincourtville   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Plaincourtville   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Plattenville   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Brusle Saint Vincent   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pierre Part   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
East Feliciana
  Slaughter   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ethel   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Norwood   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Morrisonville - Historic   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Sunshine   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Plaquemine   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Saint Gabriel   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Carville   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bayou Goula   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  White Castle   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Grosse Tete   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rosedale   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Maringouin   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Denham Springs   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Watson   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Walker   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Port Vincent   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  French Settlement   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Livingston   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Holden   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Maurepas   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Starns   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Albany   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Killian   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
Pointe Coupee
  Glynn   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Hermitage   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lakeland   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Rougon   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Jarreau   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Oscar   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Patin   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Ventress   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Livonia   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  New Roads   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Fordoche   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
Saint Helena
  Pine Grove   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Montpelier   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Coleman Town   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Greensburg   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint James
  Chatman Town   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Free Town   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Uncle Sam   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Convent   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hester   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lutcher   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Saint James   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Gramercy   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lagan   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Paulina   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Vacherie   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  North Vacherie   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint John the Baptist
  Wallace   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Garyville   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mount Airy   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Landry
  Krotz Springs   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Melville   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Martin
  Catahoula Cove   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Coteau Holmes   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bankers   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Natalbany   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tickfaw   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
West Baton Rouge
  Port Allen   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Brusly   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Addis   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Carey   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Devalls   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Erwinville   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
West Feliciana
  Saint Francisville   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Wakefield   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Southdowns ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Southdowns.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNW Sweet Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Baton Rouge National Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Roselawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Laboring Society Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bible Students Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Gilbert Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Kleinpeter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Greenoaks Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Olive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Antioch Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Conrad Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Harelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Live Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Nazarene Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Woodlawn Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Knox Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Benevolent Society Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Rock Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  E O'Neal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Devall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Catherine Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Silvery Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cann Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Devall Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shanks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Westover Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Southern Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Highlands Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Nickwack Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Richards Gardens of Memory Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Allendale Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Southdowns ...

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 101 newspapers that have been published in the area around Southdowns.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Southdowns, there are papers which were published within 4 miles [6.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Southdowns.

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

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

Baton Rouge   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Southdowns
 - 1895 population of 10,478 people (with 221,599 people in 2018)
 - Baton Rouge had a post office and railroad service
Gardere   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Southdowns
 - Gardere had railroad service and no post office
Port Allen   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Southdowns
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 4,968 people in 2018)
 - Port Allen had a post office and railroad service
Brusly Landing   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Southdowns
 - 1895 population of 315 people
 - Brusly Landing had a post office and railroad service
Sunshine   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Southdowns
 - Sunshine had a post office and no railroad service
Lobdell   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Southdowns
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Lobdell had a post office and no railroad service
Plaquemine   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Southdowns
 - 1895 population of 3,222 people (with 6,621 people in 2018)
 - Plaquemine had a post office and railroad service
Hopeville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hopeville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Southdowns
 - 1895 population of 125 people
 - Hopeville had a post office and no railroad service
Saint Gabriel   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Southdowns
 - 1895 population of 450 people (with 7,367 people in 2018)
 - Saint Gabriel had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Southdowns. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Southdowns 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 websites either offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Southdowns:

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 John the Baptist Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Landry Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Martin Parish:     Cyndi's



Tangipahoa Parish:     Cyndi's



West Baton Rouge Parish:     Cyndi's



West Feliciana Parish:     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 Southdowns. 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Southdowns) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Southdowns. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.4135, Longitude: -91.1451     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Southdowns 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 Southdowns, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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