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Our Genealogy Helper for Sun ...

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 Sun (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 Sun. 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/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 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.

Sun is located in Saint Tammany Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Tammany Parish: Jefferson, Orleans, Tangipahoa, Washington, Hancock (MS) & Pearl River (MS).

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

Saint Tammany     (The home parish for Sun)
  Bush   [Map]     S   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Talisheek   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Abita Springs   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Saint Benedict   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Covington   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hickory   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Folsom   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Pearl River   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Mandeville   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lacombe   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Madisonville   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Browns Village   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Husser   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Henry City - Historic   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Robert   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Loranger   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hammond   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Tickfaw   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ponchatoula   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Independence   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Natalbany   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Amite City   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Roseland   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fluker   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bogalusa   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Enon   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Varnado   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Franklinton   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Angie   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Stoney Point   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mount Hermon   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sunny Hill   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Hancock (MS)
  Gainesville (MS) - Historic   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Logtown (MS) - Historic   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Kiln (MS)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Pearlington (MS)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Diamondhead (MS)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Shoreline Park (MS)   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Waveland (MS)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Lamar (MS)
  Lumberton (MS)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wells Town (MS)   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Marion (MS)
  Pinebur (MS)   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
Pearl River (MS)
  Picayune (MS)   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Poplarville (MS)   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
Stone (MS)
  Smith Town (MS)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Walthall (MS)
  Tylertown (MS)   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Sun ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sun.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sun Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mizell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Walker Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Jewel Pierce Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cooper Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Crawford Memorial Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Pierce Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Otzenberger Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Lavinghouse Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Grantham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Keller Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Copper Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Talleys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Cowart Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sheridan Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Carpenter Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Knight Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Galloway Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Reviere Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Galloway Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McGehee Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wallace Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pounds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Duffys Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hillview Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NW Williams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Fauntleroy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Holmes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Magee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  W Sharp Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Maryetta Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cleland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McGehee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Magee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mizell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sharp Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Sharps Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Waldheim Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Waldheim Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Quave Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Whitehead Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE McGee Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ponemah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Corkern Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Sun ...

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 29 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sun.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sun, there are papers which were published within 25 miles [40.2 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sun.

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Sun had a post office and no railroad service. In 2018, Sun had a population of 497 people.

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

Lees Creek   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sun
 - Lees Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Talisheek   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sun
 - Talisheek had a post office and no railroad service
Chinquapin (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Sun
 - Chinquapin had a post office and no railroad service
Zona   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sun
 - Zona had a post office and no railroad service
Abita Springs   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sun
 - 1895 population of 72 people (with 2,584 people in 2018)
 - Abita Springs had a post office and railroad service
Covington   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Sun
 - 1895 population of 976 people (with 10,463 people in 2018)
 - Covington had a post office and railroad service
Florenville   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sun
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Florenville had a post office and railroad service
Franklinton   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Sun
 - 1895 population of 97 people (with 3,770 people in 2018)
 - Franklinton 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 Sun. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sun 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 websites 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 Sun:

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 Saint Tammany Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Tangipahoa Parish:     Cyndi's



Washington Parish:     Cyndi's



Hancock County (MS):     Cyndi's



Lamar County (MS):     Cyndi's



Marion County (MS):     Cyndi's



Pearl River County (MS):     Cyndi's



Stone County (MS):     Cyndi's



Walthall County (MS):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sun ...

While our initial data about Sun came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Sun in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Sun.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Sun:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned

We have found Sun in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Sun for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Sun. See our Misc Page for Sun for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Louisiana

About Saint Tammany Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Sun. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Saint Tammany Parish:

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Sun) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Sun. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sun

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sun. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.6500, Longitude: -89.9058     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sun 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 Sun, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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