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Southern Heights, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for Southern Heights ...

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 Southern Heights (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 Southern Heights. 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 Southern Heights ...

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 Southern Heights.

  • Typical abbreviation for Southern Heights: Southern Hts. (in Canada, 'Hgts.' is the more common abbreviation.)

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 northwest corner of their home parish. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next parish to the west. 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 west 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.

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

East Baton Rouge     (The home parish for Southern Heights)
  Zion City   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Brownfields   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Merrydale   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Baker   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Maribel Village   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Tristian Village   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Beauregard Town   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Baton Rouge   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Monticello   [Map]     E   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Central   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Westminster   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Essen   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Bullion   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hope Villa   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Hobart   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Prairieville   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Galvez Town   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Little Prairie   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Dutch Town   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Claybank   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cornerview   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Duplessis   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Galvez   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bruly Saint Martin   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Burbank - Historic   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Belle Rose   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Bayou Corne - Historic   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Brulie Maurin   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Grand Bayou   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Sweet Home   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Paincourtville   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Plaincourtville   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Plattenville   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pierre Part   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Brusle Saint Vincent   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
East Feliciana
  Slaughter   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Ethel   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Norwood   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Morrisonville - Historic   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Plaquemine   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Sunshine   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Grosse Tete   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Rosedale   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Saint Gabriel   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Maringouin   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bayou Goula   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Carville   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  White Castle   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Denham Springs   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Watson   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Walker   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Port Vincent   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Livingston   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  French Settlement   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Holden   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Starns   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Maurepas   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Albany   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Killian   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Pointe Coupee
  Glynn   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Hermitage   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Rougon   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Lakeland   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Jarreau   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Ventress   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Patin   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Oscar   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  New Roads   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Livonia   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Fordoche   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
Saint Helena
  Pine Grove   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Montpelier   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Coleman Town   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Greensburg   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Saint James
  Chatman Town   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Free Town   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Uncle Sam   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Convent   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Landry
  Krotz Springs   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Melville   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Half Moon   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Swayze Lake   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Martin
  Henderson   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Catahoula Cove   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Independence   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
West Baton Rouge
  Port Allen   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Devalls   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Carey   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Brusly   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Addis   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Erwinville   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
West Feliciana
  Saint Francisville   [Map]     NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wakefield   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Tunica   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Angola   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Amite (MS)
  Centreville (MS)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Southern Heights ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Southern Heights.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Live Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Southern Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Nickwack Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Devall Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Benevolent Society Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Baton Rouge National Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SSE Roselawn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gilbert Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Barnes Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW St. Catherine Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Sweet Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olive Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hillcrest Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Allendale Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Devall Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Edwards Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Westover Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Silvery Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Greenoaks Memorial Park   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Rose Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Greater Shiloh Missionary Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Bible Students Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Shanks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McHugh Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Youngblood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Johnson Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shaffer Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Stanford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Alford Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Azalea Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Antioch Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Laboring Society Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Kleinpeter Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Southern Heights ...

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 Southern Heights.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Southern Heights, there are papers which were published within 5 miles [8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Southern Heights.

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

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

Lobdell   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Southern Heights
 - 1895 population of 42 people
 - Lobdell had a post office and no railroad service
Baker   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Southern Heights
 - Baker had a post office and railroad service
Port Allen   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Southern Heights
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 4,968 people in 2018)
 - Port Allen had a post office and railroad service
Baton Rouge   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Southern Heights
 - 1895 population of 10,478 people (with 221,599 people in 2018)
 - Baton Rouge had a post office and railroad service
Irene   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Southern Heights
 - Irene had a post office and no railroad service
Devalls   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Southern Heights
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Devalls had a post office and no railroad service
Brusly Landing   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Southern Heights
 - 1895 population of 315 people
 - Brusly Landing had a post office and railroad service
Zachary   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Southern Heights
 - 1895 population of 150 people (with 17,678 people in 2018)
 - Zachary had a post office and railroad service
Arbroth   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Southern Heights
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Arbroth 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 Southern Heights. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Southern Heights in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to 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 Southern Heights:

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



Saint Martin 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 Southern Heights. 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 drawn from Point A (ie- Southern Heights) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Southern Heights. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.5191, Longitude: -91.1757     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Southern Heights 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 Southern Heights, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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