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Spanish Fort, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for Spanish Fort ...

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 Spanish Fort (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 Spanish Fort. 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 Spanish Fort ...

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 Spanish Fort.

  • Typical abbreviation for Spanish Fort: Spanish Ft. (or less commonly used: Spanish Frt.)

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 doctors and 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.

Spanish Fort is located in Orleans Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Orleans Parish: Jefferson, Plaquemines, Saint Bernard & Saint Tammany.

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

Orleans     (The home parish for Spanish Fort)
  Pine Village   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  New Orleans   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Metairie   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Gretna   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Elmwood   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Marrero   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Terrytown   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bridge City   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  River Ridge   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Westwego   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Harahan   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Avondale   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Gheens   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Larose   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cut Off   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mathews   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Raceland   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lockport   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Kraemer   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Killian   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Maurepas   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Belle Chasse   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  English Turn   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Braithwaite   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Scarsdale   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Carlisle   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Grand Bayou Village - Historic   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pointe a la Hache   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Saint Bernard
  Arabi   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Chalmette   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Meraux   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Mohawk City   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Violet   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Poydras   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Saint Bernard   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Alluvial City   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Yscloskey   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
Saint Charles
  Ama   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Elkinsville - Historic   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Saint Rose   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lone Star   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Destrehan   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Mimosa Park   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Luling   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  New Sarpy   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Hahnville   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Norco   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Boutte   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Taft   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
Saint James
  Gramercy   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lutcher   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  North Vacherie   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Paulina   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  South Vacherie   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Vacherie   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Saint John the Baptist
  Laplace   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Edgard   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Reserve   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Garyville   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mount Airy   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wallace   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
Saint Tammany
  North Shore Beach   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  North Shore   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Lacombe   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Eden Isle   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Oak Harbor   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lake Shore Village   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Mandeville   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Huntwyck Village   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  McClane City   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Slidell   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bon Village   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Browns Village   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Akers   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Ponchatoula   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Robert   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hammond   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Hancock (MS)
  Logtown (MS) - Historic   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pearlington (MS)   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gainesville (MS) - Historic   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Spanish Fort ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spanish Fort.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hebrew Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ahavas Sholem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S St. Louis Cemetery #3   [Map]     
  SSE Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Lake Lawn Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  SW Metairie Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Firemens Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Charity Hospital Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Masonic Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Roch Cemetery Campo Santo   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S St. Louis Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Mandeville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Vincent De Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Carrollton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Mary Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lafayette Cemetery #2   [Map]     
  S Girod Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hughes Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Oliver Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Garden of Memories   [Map]     
  SSW Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Vincent Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Valient Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Valence Street Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lafayette Cemetery #1   [Map]     
  SSE McDonoghville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Firemens Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Hook and Ladder Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Chalmette National Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Resthaven Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Woodlawn Park Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Our Lady of Prompt Succor Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Evening Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Westlawn Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ellen Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE St. Bernard Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Providence Memorial Park Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Providence Memorial Park   [Map]     
  SSE Westlawn South Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Restlawn Park Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Waggaman Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Spanish Fort ...

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 551 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spanish Fort.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spanish Fort, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spanish Fort.

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

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

Milneburg   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the East Northeast (ENE) from Spanish Fort
 - Milneburg had railroad service and no post office
Gentilly   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Spanish Fort
 - Gentilly had railroad service and no post office
New Orleans   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Spanish Fort
 - 1895 population of 242,039 people (with 391,006 people in 2018)
 - New Orleans had a post office and railroad service
Jefferson   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spanish Fort
 - Jefferson had railroad service and no post office
Algiers   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spanish Fort
 - Algiers had a post office and railroad service
Arabi   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spanish Fort
 - Arabi had a post office and no railroad service
Gretna   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spanish Fort
 - 1895 population of 3,332 people (with 17,730 people in 2018)
 - Gretna had a post office and railroad service
Westwego   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Spanish Fort
 - Westwego 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 Spanish Fort. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spanish Fort 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 helpful 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 Spanish Fort:

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 Orleans Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Jefferson Parish:     Cyndi's



Lafourche Parish:     Cyndi's



Livingston Parish:     Cyndi's



Plaquemines Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Bernard Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Charles Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint James Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint John the Baptist Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Tammany Parish:     Cyndi's



Tangipahoa Parish:     Cyndi's



Hancock County (MS):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of Orleans Parish
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Louisiana, for Orleans 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
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Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Orleans Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Spanish Fort. 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 'straight-line' (or 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- Spanish Fort) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spanish Fort. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.0210, Longitude: -90.0826     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spanish Fort 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 Spanish Fort, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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