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Sparks, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for Sparks ...

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 Sparks (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 Sparks. 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 southwest corner of their home parish. During their lives, most doctors were in the next parish to the west. 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 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 south 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.

Sparks is located in Pointe Coupee Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Pointe Coupee Parish: Avoyelles, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Saint Landry, Saint Martin, West Baton Rouge & West Feliciana.

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

Pointe Coupee     (The home parish for Sparks)
  Livonia   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Lottie   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Oscar   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Fordoche   [Map]     NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Jarreau   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Lakeland   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Elliot City - Historic   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Rougon   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  East Krotz Springs   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Glynn   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  New Roads   [Map]     N   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Ventress   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bullion   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hope Villa   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Prairieville   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dutch Town   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Geismar   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hobart   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cornerview   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Little Prairie   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Duplessis   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Galvez Town   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Galvez   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Barton   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bayou Corne - Historic   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bruly Saint Martin   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Grand Bayou   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Simmesport   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
East Baton Rouge
  Port Hudson   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Beauregard Town   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Baker   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Tristian Village   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Zion City   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Baton Rouge   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Brownfields   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Maribel Village   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Merrydale   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Zachary   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Essen   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lynwood Village   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Gardere   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
East Feliciana
  Slaughter   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ethel   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Wilson   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Norwood   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Loreauville   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  New Iberia   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Maringouin   [Map]     SE   Less than 2 miles
  Rosedale   [Map]     SE   5 miles [8 km]
  Grosse Tete   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Morrisonville - Historic   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Plaquemine   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Sunshine   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bayou Goula   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Saint Gabriel   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Carville   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  White Castle   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Stekey   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Carencro   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lafayette   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Broussard   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Scott   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Youngsville   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Denham Springs   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Watson   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Walker   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Landry
  Krotz Springs   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Melville   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Half Moon   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Swayze Lake   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Portage   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Arnaudville   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Port Barre   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Palmetto   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Leonville   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Immaculata   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lebeau   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Grand Coteau   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sunset   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
Saint Martin
  Henderson   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Cecilia   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Catahoula Cove   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Breaux Bridge   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Parks   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bankers   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Isle Labbe   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Coteau Holmes   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Saint John   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Banker Plantation   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Levert   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Saint Martinville   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
West Baton Rouge
  Erwinville   [Map]     NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Carey   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Devalls   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Brusly   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Addis   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Port Allen   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
West Feliciana
  Saint Francisville   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wakefield   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Tunica   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Angola   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Sparks ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sparks.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S St. Peter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Mt. Spur Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S West Oak Lane Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bailey Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NW False River Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cottonwood Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE St. Joseph Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Ambrose Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Sparks ...

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 12 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sparks.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sparks, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sparks.

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

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

Livonia   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sparks
 - 1895 population of 26 people (with 1,412 people in 2018)
 - Livonia had a post office and no railroad service
Musson   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Sparks
 - 1895 population of 125 people
 - Musson had a post office and no railroad service
Rosedale   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sparks
 - 1895 population of 175 people (with 753 people in 2018)
 - Rosedale had a post office and no railroad service
Grosse Tete   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sparks
 - Grosse Tete had railroad service and no post office
Fordoche   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sparks
 - Fordoche had a post office and railroad service
Lakeland   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sparks
 - 1895 population of 200 people
 - Lakeland had a post office and no railroad service
Devalls   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East (E) from Sparks
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Devalls had a post office and no railroad service
Arbroth   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Sparks
 - 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 Sparks. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sparks 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 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 Sparks:

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 Pointe Coupee Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Ascension Parish:     Cyndi's



Assumption Parish:     Cyndi's



Avoyelles Parish:     Cyndi's



East Baton Rouge Parish:     Cyndi's



East Feliciana Parish:     Cyndi's



Iberia Parish:     Cyndi's



Iberville Parish:     Cyndi's



Lafayette Parish:     Cyndi's



Livingston Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Landry Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Martin 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 Pointe Coupee 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
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Louisiana Community

About Pointe Coupee Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sparks. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.4988, Longitude: -91.5273     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sparks 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 Sparks, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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