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Swayze Lake, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for Swayze 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 Swayze 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 Swayze 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 Swayze 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 Swayze Lake.

  • Typical abbreviation for Swayze Lake: Swayze Lk.

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 and doctors 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.

Swayze Lake is located in Saint Landry Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Landry Parish: Acadia, Avoyelles, Evangeline, Lafayette, Pointe Coupee & Saint Martin.

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

Saint Landry     (The home parish for Swayze Lake)
  Half Moon   [Map]     NE   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Melville   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Palmetto   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Krotz Springs   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Port Barre   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Immaculata   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Lebeau   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Washington   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Bayou Jack   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Portage   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Leonville   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Opelousas   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Arnaudville   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Church Point   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Higginbotham   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Branch   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Rayne   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Simmesport   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Hickory   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Plaucheville   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Gold Dust   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Hamburg   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Cottonport   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Evergreen   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Milburn   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Moreauville   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Eola   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bunkie   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
East Baton Rouge
  Port Hudson   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Baker   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Zachary   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Beauregard Town   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tristian Village   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
East Feliciana
  Jackson   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ville Platte   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Saint Landry   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Chataignier   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bayou Chicot   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Mamou   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Reddell   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Pine Prairie   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Turkey Creek   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Loreauville   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Maringouin   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Rosedale   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Grosse Tete   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Stekey   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Carencro   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lafayette   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Scott   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Broussard   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Duson   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Youngsville   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Milton   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Pointe Coupee
  East Krotz Springs   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Elliot City - Historic   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Fordoche   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Lottie   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Morganza   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Batchelor   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Livonia   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Innis   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Oscar   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lettsworth   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Jarreau   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  New Roads   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cheneyville   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Echo   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Martin
  Cecilia   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Breaux Bridge   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Parks   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Catahoula Cove   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Isle Labbe   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Levert   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Saint John   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Banker Plantation   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Bankers   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Coteau Holmes   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Saint Martinville   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Duchamp   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Maurice   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
West Baton Rouge
  Erwinville   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Carey   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Devalls   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Port Allen   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Addis   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Brusly   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
West Feliciana
  Tunica   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Angola   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Saint Francisville   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Weyanoke   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Wakefield   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Swayze Lake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Swayze 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 Swayze Lake covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Saquette Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW De Viller Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW McBride Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNE New Light Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Goudeau Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNE Lower Latenache Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Atchafalaya Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 12 miles [19.3 km]  
  WSW Green Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cottonwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Morning Star Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Swayze 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 32 newspapers that have been published in the area around Swayze Lake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Swayze Lake, there are papers which were published within 16 miles [25.7 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Swayze 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.<2>

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

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

Melville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Swayze Lake
 - 1895 population of 361 people (with 1,047 people in 2018)
 - Melville had a post office and railroad service
Palmetto   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Swayze Lake
 - Palmetto had a post office and railroad service
Ravenswood   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Swayze Lake
 - Ravenswood had railroad service and no post office
Elba   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Swayze Lake
 - Elba had a post office and no railroad service
Port Barre   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Swayze Lake
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 2,120 people in 2018)
 - Port Barre had a post office and no railroad service
Bayou Current   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Swayze Lake
 - Bayou Current had a post office and no railroad service
Fordoche   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Swayze Lake
 - Fordoche had a post office and railroad service
Viva   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Swayze Lake
 - Viva had a post office and no railroad service
Rosa   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Swayze Lake
 - Rosa had railroad service and no post office

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Swayze Lake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Swayze 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 websites either 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 Swayze 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 Saint Landry Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Acadia Parish:     Cyndi's



Avoyelles Parish:     Cyndi's



East Baton Rouge Parish:     Cyndi's



East Feliciana Parish:     Cyndi's



Evangeline Parish:     Cyndi's



Iberia Parish:     Cyndi's



Iberville Parish:     Cyndi's



Lafayette Parish:     Cyndi's



Pointe Coupee Parish:     Cyndi's



Rapides Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Martin Parish:     Cyndi's



Vermilion 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 Saint Landry Parish
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Louisiana, for Saint Landry 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 ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Louisiana

About Saint Landry Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Swayze 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' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Swayze Lake) 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 Swayze Lake. 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 Swayze Lake

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swayze Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.6407, Longitude: -91.8275     [Map].

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

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