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Sunshine, Louisiana
(Terrebonne 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 southeast corner of their home parish. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next parish to the east. 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 east 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.

Sunshine is located in Terrebonne Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Terrebonne Parish: Assumption, Lafourche, Saint Martin & Saint Mary.

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:

Terrebonne     (The home parish for Sunshine)
  Houma   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Theriot   [Map]     S   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Bayou Cane   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Broadmoor   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Bourg   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Dulac   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Chauvin   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Montegut   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Gray   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Lapeyrouse   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Point Barre   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Magnolia Plantation   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Brule   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Chula   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Labadieville   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Georgia   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Leche   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lower Texas   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Supreme   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Percle   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ingleside   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Rosedale   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Attakapas Landing   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bayou Crab   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Barataria   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lafitte   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Bayou Blue   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Lockport   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Mathews   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Raceland   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Thibodaux   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Gheens   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Larose   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Kraemer   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Cut Off   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Faleau - Historic   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Chackbay   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Galliano   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
Saint Charles
  Bayou Gauche   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Des Allemands   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Paradis   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Boutte   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mimosa Park   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Luling   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Killona   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Lone Star   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Taft   [Map]     NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Destrehan   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hahnville   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Montz   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint James
  South Vacherie   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lagan   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  North Vacherie   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Saint James   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Vacherie   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Convent   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hester   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Paulina   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Chatman Town   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Uncle Sam   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Free Town   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gramercy   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
Saint John the Baptist
  Mount Airy   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wallace   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Edgard   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Garyville   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Reserve   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Laplace   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Martin
  Bayou Geneve   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Stephenville   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
Saint Mary
  Amelia   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Morgan City Beach   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Morgan City   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fairville   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Berwick   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Bayou Vista   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wilsons Landing   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Calumet   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ricohoc   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 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  
  NE Crozier Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Mulberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Celestin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Provost Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. John Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Myrtle Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Carlof Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Francis Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  E St. Elie Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Ann Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Matherne Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  E Bisland Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Holy Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Thibodaux Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE St. Joseph 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 32 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 19 miles [30.6 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>

While we didn't find Sunshine in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Sunshine.

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

Theriot   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Sunshine
 - Theriot had a post office and no railroad service
Houma   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Sunshine
 - 1895 population of 1,280 people (with 32,864 people in 2018)
 - Houma had a post office and railroad service
Southdown   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Sunshine
 - Southdown had railroad service and no post office
Crescent   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sunshine
 - Crescent had railroad service and no post office
Ellendale   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sunshine
 - 1895 population of 125 people
 - Ellendale had a post office and no railroad service
Dulac   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Sunshine
 - Dulac had a post office and no railroad service
Central   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Sunshine
 - Central had railroad service and no post office
Montegut   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Sunshine
 - Montegut 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 like to start with 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 - although it should be mentioned 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 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 Terrebonne Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Assumption Parish:     Cyndi's



Jefferson Parish:     Cyndi's



Lafourche Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Charles Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint James Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint John the Baptist Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Martin Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Mary Parish:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of Terrebonne 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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Louisiana

About Terrebonne 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 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- Sunshine) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sunshine. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.5247, Longitude: -90.7395     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Sunshine 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 Sunshine, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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