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Sunshine, Louisiana
(Iberville Parish)

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Our Genealogy Helper for Sunshine ...

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 Sunshine (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 Sunshine. 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 northwest corner of their home parish. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals 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.

Sunshine is located in Iberville Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Iberville Parish: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, Iberia, Pointe Coupee, Saint Martin & West Baton Rouge.

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

Iberville     (The home parish for Sunshine)
  Saint Gabriel   [Map]     SE   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Carville   [Map]     S   5 miles [8 km]
  Bayou Goula   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Morrisonville - Historic   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Plaquemine   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  White Castle   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Grosse Tete   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Rosedale   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Maringouin   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bullion   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Dutch Town   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Geismar   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Cornerview   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Oak Grove   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Prairieville   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Hope Villa   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Duplessis   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Hobart   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Gonzales   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Little Prairie   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Galvez   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bruly Saint Martin   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Burbank - Historic   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Belle Rose   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bayou Corne - Historic   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Grand Bayou   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Brulie Maurin   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Sweet Home   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Paincourtville   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Plaincourtville   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Plattenville   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Brusle Saint Vincent   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pierre Part   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
East Baton Rouge
  Gardere   [Map]     N   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Oak Hills Place   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Lynwood Village   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Perkins Village   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Village Saint George   [Map]     NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Essen   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Inniswold   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Westminster   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Old Jefferson   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Shenandoah   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Baton Rouge   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Beauregard Town   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
East Feliciana
  Slaughter   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ethel   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Jackson   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Clinton   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Loreauville   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Chackbay   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Kraemer   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Thibodaux   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Port Vincent   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Denham Springs   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  French Settlement   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Walker   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Watson   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Livingston   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Maurepas   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Holden   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Killian   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Starns   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Albany   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Pointe Coupee
  Rougon   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Glynn   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hermitage   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lakeland   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Jarreau   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Oscar   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Livonia   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Patin   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ventress   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  New Roads   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lottie   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Saint Helena
  Pine Grove   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Montpelier   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint James
  Free Town   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Chatman Town   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Uncle Sam   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Convent   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hester   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Saint James   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lagan   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lutcher   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gramercy   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Paulina   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Vacherie   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  North Vacherie   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Saint John the Baptist
  Wallace   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mount Airy   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Garyville   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Edgard   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Reserve   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint Landry
  Krotz Springs   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Martin
  Bayou Geneve   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Stephenville   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Catahoula Cove   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Coteau Holmes   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bankers   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Isle Labbe   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Banker Plantation   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Mary
  Charenton   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Irish Bend   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Caffery   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Katy   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Sterling   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fairville   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Morgan City   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Wilsons Landing   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Baldwin   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Centerville   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Verdunville   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
West Baton Rouge
  Addis   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Brusly   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Port Allen   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Carey   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Devalls   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Erwinville   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
West Feliciana
  Saint Francisville   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Sunshine ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Sunshine.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  S Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rock Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  S Pt. Pleasant Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Raphael Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Gabriel Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Jerusalem Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSE Mt. Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Laboring Society Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brazil Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Nazarene Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pilgrim Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Raspberry Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Kleinpeter Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Conrad Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Highlands Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW St. John Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
  S White Castle Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Pelgrim Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Cann Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grace Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S First Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Paul Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Phillip Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cornerview Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Richards Gardens of Memory Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harelson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Resthaven Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Antioch Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Myford Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Hillman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Woodlawn Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bible Students Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Sunshine ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Sunshine.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Sunshine, there are papers which were published within 8 miles [12.9 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Sunshine.

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, Sunshine had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Saint Gabriel   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Sunshine
 - 1895 population of 450 people (with 7,367 people in 2018)
 - Saint Gabriel had railroad service and no post office
Gardere   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sunshine
 - Gardere had railroad service and no post office
Bayou Goula   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sunshine
 - 1895 population of 769 people
 - Bayou Goula had a post office and railroad service
Southwood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sunshine
 - 1895 population of 202 people
 - Southwood had railroad service and no post office
Dorcyville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Sunshine
 - 1895 population of 505 people
 - Dorcyville had a post office and no railroad service
Hohen Solms   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sunshine
 - 1895 population of 120 people
 - Hohen Solms had a post office and no railroad service
Plaquemine   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Sunshine
 - 1895 population of 3,222 people (with 6,621 people in 2018)
 - Plaquemine had a post office and railroad service
Geismar   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Sunshine
 - Geismar 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 Sunshine. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Sunshine 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 Sunshine:

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 Iberville Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Ascension Parish:     Cyndi's



Assumption Parish:     Cyndi's



East Baton Rouge Parish:     Cyndi's



East Feliciana Parish:     Cyndi's



Iberia Parish:     Cyndi's



Lafourche Parish:     Cyndi's



Livingston Parish:     Cyndi's



Pointe Coupee Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Helena Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint James Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint John the Baptist Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Landry Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Martin Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Mary 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 Iberville 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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Sunshine ...

While our initial data about Sunshine came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Sunshine 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 Sunshine.

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 Sunshine:

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Louisiana

About Iberville Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Iberville Parish:

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sunshine) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Sunshine. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Sunshine

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunshine. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.2878, Longitude: -91.1246     [Map].

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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 Sunshine, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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