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Spring Lake, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for Spring Lake ...

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 Spring Lake (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 Spring Lake. 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 Spring Lake ...

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 Spring Lake.

  • Typical abbreviation for Spring Lake: Spring Lk.

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 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/counties 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/counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

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

Spring Lake is located in Claiborne Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Claiborne Parish: Columbia (AR), Union (AR), Bienville, Lincoln, Union & Webster.

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

Claiborne     (The home parish for Spring Lake)
  Homer   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Athens   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Sugar Creek   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Haynesville   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Dykesville   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Summerfield   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Junction City   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gibsland   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Taylor   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Arcadia   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Mount Lebanon   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bryceland   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bienville   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Jamestown   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ringgold   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Castor   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lucky   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Alberta   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  English   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Saline   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Haughton   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Eastwood   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Espanita Village   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Red Chute   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bossier City   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Elm Grove   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Benton   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Parkland Village   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Plain Dealing   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ansley   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Quitman   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  North Hodge   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  East Hodge   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hodge   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Jonesboro   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hico   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Simsboro   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Dubach   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Grambling   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Vienna   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Ruston   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Choudrant   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Frost Town   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Bernice   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Lillie   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Spearsville   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Downsville   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Farmerville   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Minden   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Dubberly   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Dixie Inn   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Sibley   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Shongaloo   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Heflin   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cotton Valley   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Yellow Pine   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Sarepta   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Doyline   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cullen   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Springhill   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
Columbia (AR)
  Emerson (AR)   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Macedonia (AR)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Taylor (AR)   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Philadelphia (AR)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Magnolia (AR)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Union (AR)
  Dodge City (AR)   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Junction City (AR)   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Scotland (AR)   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lisbon (AR)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Mount Holly (AR)   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Dumas City (AR)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  El Dorado (AR)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Spring Lake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Spring Lake.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Moreland Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Cooksley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Kimbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Atkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Arlington Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mt. Paron Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Homer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Merritt Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Tulip Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Peterson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Holly Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Lower Old Athens Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Upper Old Athens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW White Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Chatman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Meadows Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McKenzie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Craighead Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Willis Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Forest Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Cold Spring Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Wheaton Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Rising Star Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Liberty Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Sharon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Springhill CME Cemetery<2>   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  N Kendrick Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mayflower Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Tinsley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Phipps Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sapp Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE White Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Grisby - Lewis Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Carter Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Germantown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gilgal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Adkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Hurricane Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Webb Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Harper Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Spring Lake ...

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 60 newspapers that have been published in the area around Spring Lake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Spring Lake, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Spring Lake.

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

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

Homer   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Spring Lake
 - 1895 population of 1,132 people (with 2,856 people in 2018)
 - Homer had a post office and railroad service
Athens   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Spring Lake
 - 1895 population of 154 people (with 278 people in 2018)
 - Athens had a post office and railroad service
Holly Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Spring Lake
 - 1895 population of 56 people
 - Holly Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Langston   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Spring Lake
 - Langston had a post office and no railroad service
Arizona   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Spring Lake
 - 1895 population of 148 people
 - Arizona had a post office and no railroad service
Marsalis   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Spring Lake
 - Marsalis had a post office and no railroad service
Darley   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Spring Lake
 - Darley had railroad service and no post office
Aycock   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Spring Lake
 - Aycock had a post office and no railroad service
Sugar Creek   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Spring Lake
 - Sugar Creek 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 Spring Lake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Spring Lake 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 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 Spring Lake:

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 Claiborne Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Bienville Parish:     Cyndi's



Bossier Parish:     Cyndi's



Jackson Parish:     Cyndi's



Lincoln Parish:     Cyndi's



Ouachita Parish:     Cyndi's



Union Parish:     Cyndi's



Webster Parish:     Cyndi's



Columbia County (AR):     Cyndi's



Union County (AR):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of Claiborne Parish
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Louisiana, for Claiborne 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 Claiborne Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Spring Lake. 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- Spring Lake) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Spring Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.7335, Longitude: -93.0552     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Spring Lake have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>CME is an abbreviation for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. Although we don't have a link to the cemetery itself, you might be curious about the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. See their website at: Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 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 Spring Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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