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Our Genealogy Helper for Swift ...

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 Swift (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 Swift. 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 southwest 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 south.

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 south 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.

Swift is located in Webster Parish.

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

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

  DirDistance
Webster     (The home parish for Swift)
  Heflin   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Yellow Pine   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Dubberly   [Map]     N   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Sibley   [Map]     N   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Doyline   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Minden   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Dixie Inn   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Cotton Valley   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Sarepta   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Shongaloo   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cullen   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Springhill   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Bienville
  Jamestown   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Ringgold   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Taylor   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Mount Lebanon   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Gibsland   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Castor   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Bryceland   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Alberta   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bienville   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lucky   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Arcadia   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Saline   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
 
Bossier
  Haughton   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     NW   18 miles [29 km]
  Elm Grove   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Eastwood   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Espanita Village   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Red Chute   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Bossier City   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Parkland Village   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Benton   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Caddo
  Ellerbe Woods   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Normandy Village   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Shreveport   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Chateau Village   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Summer Grove   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Silver Pine Village   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  South Towne Heights   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Edgewood Village   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Keithville   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Longwood Village   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Western Hills Village   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Blanchard   [Map]     W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Claiborne
  Athens   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Homer   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Sugar Creek   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Dykesville   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Haynesville   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Summerfield   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
De Soto
  Frierson   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Stonewall   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Gloster   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Mansfield   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Grand Cane   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  South Mansfield   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Jackson
  Quitman   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Ansley   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Hodge   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  East Hodge   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  North Hodge   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Jonesboro   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Lincoln
  Simsboro   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Grambling   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ruston   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Vienna   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Hico   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dubach   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Natchitoches
  Ashland   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Goldonna   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Campti   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Powhatan   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Red River
  Hall Summit   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  East Point   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Halfway   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Martin   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Abington   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Edgefield   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Harmon   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Coushatta   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Swift ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Swift.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Andrew Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Tomlinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  E Pleasant Hill Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Reeves Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Game Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Theus Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Lane Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kennon Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Shehee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Coleman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Tooke Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Colbert Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Holoman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Tooke Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Keene Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Mosley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Israelite Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Overton Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Knottingham Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Beck Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Richardson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Vanorsdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gilmer Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Swift ...

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 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Swift.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Swift, there are papers which were published within 22 miles [35.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Swift.

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

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

Buckhorn - Historic   [Map]
 - While Buckhorn was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West (W) from Swift
 - Buckhorn had a post office and no railroad service
 
Armistead   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Swift
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Armistead had a post office and no railroad service
 
Dubberly   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Swift
 - 1895 population of 125 people (with 260 people in 2018)
 - Dubberly had a post office and railroad service
 
Sibley   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Swift
 - Sibley had railroad service and no post office
 
Ringgold   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Swift
 - Ringgold had a post office and no railroad service
 
Taylor   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Swift
 - Taylor had a post office and railroad service
 
Doyline   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Swift
 - 1895 population of 52 people (with 775 people in 2018)
 - Doyline had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sparta   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Swift
 - Sparta 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 Swift. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Swift 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 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 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 Swift:

These websites are specific to Louisiana:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //www.sos.la.gov/HistoricalResources//Historical 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 Webster Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Bienville Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Bossier Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Caddo Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Claiborne Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
De Soto Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Jackson Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Lincoln Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Natchitoches Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Red River Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of Webster Parish
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   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
 
Also see Disaster Stories for ...
      Arkansas
      Texas

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Louisiana

About Webster Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for State of Louisiana: louisiana.gov/

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swift. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.4465, Longitude: -93.2538     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Swift have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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