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Our Genealogy Helper for Swords ...

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 Swords (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 Swords. 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 southwest 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 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 west 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.

Swords 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 Swords. For each of these parishes, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Swords:

  DirDistance
Saint Landry     (The home parish for Swords)
  Lawtell   [Map]     E   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Lewisburg   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Eunice   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Opelousas   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Washington   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Sunset   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cankton   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Grand Coteau   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Leonville   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Port Barre   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Arnaudville   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Immaculata   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
 
Acadia
  Church Point   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Branch   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Higginbotham   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Ellis   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Rayne   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Iota   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
  Crowley   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Egan   [Map]     SW   23 miles [37 km]
  Ebenezer   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Estherwood   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Evangeline   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Mermentau   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Allen
  Coverdale   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Lauderdale   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Oberlin   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Oakdale   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Pawnee   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Kinder   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Elizabeth   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Marionville - Historic   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Le Blanc   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Mittie   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Avoyelles
  Gold Dust   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Milburn   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Eola   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bunkie   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Evergreen   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Hickory   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Dupont   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Cottonport   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Plaucheville   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hessmer   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Moreauville   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Evangeline
  Chataignier   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Ville Platte   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Mamou   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Reddell   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Duralde   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Pine Prairie   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Basile   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bayou Chicot   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Saint Landry   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Turkey Creek   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Jefferson Davis
  Elton   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Jennings   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Roanoke   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lake Arthur   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Welsh   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fenton   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Lafayette
  Carencro   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Duson   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Stekey   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Scott   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lafayette   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Milton   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Broussard   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Youngsville   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Pointe Coupee
  East Krotz Springs   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Elliot City - Historic   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lottie   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Fordoche   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Rapides
  Cheneyville   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Glenmora   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  McNary   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Longleaf   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lecompte   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Forest Hill   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Saint Martin
  Breaux Bridge   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Cecilia   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Parks   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Duchamp   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Levert   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Cade   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Saint John   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Saint Martinville   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Catahoula Cove   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Delacroix   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Isle Labbe   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Vermilion
  Andrew   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Maurice   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Kaplan   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Gueydan   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Abbeville   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Perry   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Erath   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Swords ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Swords.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Fontenot Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Verret Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Guillory Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Manuel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Francois Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Fruge Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Bertrand Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Chataignier Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE Pitre Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Green Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Chataignier Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Courtville Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  WSW Odon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Carron Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Leon Manuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Savoy Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW St. Edwards Catholic Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Atteles Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Guillory Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE McBride Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE St. Andrews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Frilot Cove Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Lafleur Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jules Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Fontenot Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Mowata Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pine Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Deville Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  S Branch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Daly Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Bellevue Memorial Park   [Map]     
  ESE Montgomery - Wilkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Evangeline Memorial Park   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Swords ...

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 48 newspapers that have been published in the area around Swords.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Swords, 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 Swords.

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

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

Prudhomme   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Swords
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Prudhomme had a post office and no railroad service
 
Church Point   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Swords
 - Church Point had a post office and no railroad service
 
Opelousas   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from Swords
 - 1895 population of 1,572 people (with 16,126 people in 2018)
 - Opelousas had a post office and railroad service
 
Plaisance   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Swords
 - 1895 population of 82 people
 - Plaisance had a post office and no railroad service
 
Shuteston   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Swords
 - Shuteston had a post office and no railroad service
 
Sunset   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Swords
 - Sunset had railroad service and no post office
 
Washington   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Swords
 - 1895 population of 1,064 people (with 929 people in 2018)
 - Washington had a post office and railroad service
 
Grand Coteau   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Swords
 - 1895 population of 333 people (with 919 people in 2018)
 - Grand Coteau had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Swords. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Swords in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit 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 - 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 Swords:

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 Saint Landry Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Acadia Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Allen Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Avoyelles Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Evangeline Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Jefferson Davis Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Lafayette Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Pointe Coupee Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Rapides Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Saint Martin Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Vermilion Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 

Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of Saint Landry Parish
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Louisiana

About Saint Landry Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Swords. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.5127, Longitude: -92.2623     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Swords 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: findagrave.com.

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

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