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Our Genealogy Helper for Taft ...

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 Taft (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 Taft. 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.

Taft is located in Saint Charles Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Saint Charles Parish: Jefferson, Lafourche & Saint John the Baptist.

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

Saint Charles     (The home parish for Taft)
  Montz   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Hahnville   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Norco   [Map]     E   2 miles [3.2 km]
  Killona   [Map]     NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
  New Sarpy   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Gypsy   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Destrehan   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Luling   [Map]     SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Paradis   [Map]     S   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Boutte   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Lone Star   [Map]     SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Elkinsville - Historic   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Mimosa Park   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Sorrento   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Saint Amant   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Brittany   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Aben   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Burnside   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Brignac   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Weber City   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Gonzales   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Lake   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Summerfield   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Darrow   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Donaldsonville   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Claybank   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Rosedale   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bertie   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Brulie Maurin   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Chula   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ingleside   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Labadieville   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Leche   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Madewood   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Brule   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Georgia   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Supreme   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Munsons   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Napoleonville   [Map]     W   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Kenner   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  River Ridge   [Map]     E   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Avondale   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Elmwood   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Harahan   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Waggaman   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bridge City   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Jefferson   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Metairie   [Map]     E   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Westwego   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Marrero   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Estelle   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Harvey   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Kraemer   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Raceland   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Gheens   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Mathews   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Chackbay   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lockport   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Thibodaux   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Bayou Blue   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Larose   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Cut Off   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Galliano   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Maurepas   [Map]     NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Killian   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Springfield   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  French Settlement   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Port Vincent   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Albany   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Holden   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Livingston   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  New Orleans   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Pine Village   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Belle Chasse   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  English Turn   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Scarsdale   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Braithwaite   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Carlisle   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
Saint Bernard
  Arabi   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Chalmette   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Meraux   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Mohawk City   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Violet   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Poydras   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Saint Bernard   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Saint James
  Gramercy   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  North Vacherie   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  South Vacherie   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Lutcher   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Paulina   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Vacherie   [Map]     W   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hester   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lagan   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Convent   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Saint James   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Uncle Sam   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Chatman Town   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Free Town   [Map]     W   24 miles [38.6 km]
Saint John the Baptist
  Laplace   [Map]     N   5 miles [8 km]
  Edgard   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Reserve   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Garyville   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Mount Airy   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Wallace   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
Saint Tammany
  Madisonville   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Mandeville   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lacombe   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Covington   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  North Shore Beach   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  North Shore   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Akers   [Map]     N   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ponchatoula   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Hammond   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Robert   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Natalbany   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Tickfaw   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Schriever   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Gray   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Magnolia Plantation   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Minerva Plantation   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Broadmoor   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bourg   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bayou Cane   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Houma   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Montegut   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Donner   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Gibson   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Chauvin   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Point Barre   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Taft ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Taft.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Holy Rosary Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Montz Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SE St. Charles Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE St. Charles Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW St. John the Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ESE Jefferson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Shell Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bishop Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Taft ...

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 17 newspapers that have been published in the area around Taft.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Taft, there are papers which were published within 17 miles [27.4 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Taft.

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

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

Hahnville   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Taft
 - 1895 population of 447 people
 - Hahnville had a post office and no railroad service
Sarpy - Historic   [Map]
 - While Sarpy was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Taft
 - 1895 population of 51 people
 - Sarpy had a post office and railroad service
Killona   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Taft
 - Killona had a post office and no railroad service
Lucy   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Taft
 - 1895 population of 100 people
 - Lucy had a post office and no railroad service
Luling   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Taft
 - 1895 population of 150 people
 - Luling had a post office and no railroad service
La Branche   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Taft
 - La Branche had railroad service and no post office
Boutte   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Taft
 - Boutte had a post office and railroad service
Edgard   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Taft
 - 1895 population of 250 people
 - Edgard had a post office and no railroad service
Vallier   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Taft
 - Vallier 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 Taft. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Taft 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 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 Taft:

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 Charles Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Ascension Parish:     Cyndi's



Assumption Parish:     Cyndi's



Jefferson Parish:     Cyndi's



Lafourche Parish:     Cyndi's



Livingston Parish:     Cyndi's



Orleans Parish:     Cyndi's



Plaquemines Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Bernard Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint James Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint John the Baptist Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Tammany Parish:     Cyndi's



Tangipahoa Parish:     Cyndi's



Terrebonne Parish:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Louisiana,
Cemeteries of Saint Charles Parish
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Louisiana, for Saint Charles 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 in Louisiana

About Saint Charles Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Saint Charles 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 obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Taft) 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 Taft. 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 Taft

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Taft. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 29.9913, Longitude: -90.4481     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Taft 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 Taft, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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