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Taylor, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for Taylor ...

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 Taylor (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 Taylor. 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 northeast corner of their home parish. During their lives, most doctors were in the next parish to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the parish to the north.

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 north 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.

Taylor is located in Bienville Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Bienville Parish: Bossier, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Red River, Webster & Winn.

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

Bienville     (The home parish for Taylor)
  Gibsland   [Map]     E   3 miles [4.8 km]<1>
  Mount Lebanon   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Bryceland   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Arcadia   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Jamestown   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Bienville   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Ringgold   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Castor   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Alberta   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Lucky   [Map]     S   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Saline   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  English   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Haughton   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Princeton   [Map]     W   23 miles [37 km]
  Eastwood   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Elm Grove   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Espanita Village   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Red Chute   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bossier City   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Parkland Village   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Benton   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ellerbe Woods   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Normandy Village   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Shreveport   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Chateau Village   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Athens   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Sugar Creek   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Homer   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Dykesville   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Haynesville   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Summerfield   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Junction City   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
De Soto
  Frierson   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Ansley   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Quitman   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  East Hodge   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Hodge   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  North Hodge   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Jonesboro   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Simsboro   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Grambling   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Vienna   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Hico   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Dubach   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Ruston   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Choudrant   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Ashland   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Goldonna   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Red River
  Hall Summit   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Martin   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  East Point   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Halfway   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Edgefield   [Map]     S   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Abington   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Harmon   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Coushatta   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bernice   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Lillie   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Spearsville   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Dubberly   [Map]     W   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Minden   [Map]     NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Heflin   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Sibley   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Dixie Inn   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Yellow Pine   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Doyline   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cotton Valley   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Shongaloo   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Sarepta   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Cullen   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Springhill   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Columbia (AR)
  Emerson (AR)   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
Union (AR)
  Dodge City (AR)   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Junction City (AR)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Taylor ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Taylor.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNW Piney Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pine Grove African-American Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Colbert Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SE Mt. Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Walker Community African-American Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Beck Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Holoman Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Game Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gilgal Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mayflower Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Whitley Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Fellowship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  N Alexander Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lower Old Athens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Upper Old Athens Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Burns Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Pleasant Hill Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Williamson Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Brice Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Kennon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Mt. Gillard Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Old Mt. Calm Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pilgrim Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N Mt. Paron Cemetery   [Map]     
  E St. Duty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Atkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Kimbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Fuller Memorial Shrine Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lane Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Taylor ...

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 46 newspapers that have been published in the area around Taylor.

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

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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, Taylor had a post office and railroad service.

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

Gibsland   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Taylor
 - 1895 population of 400 people (with 897 people in 2018)
 - Gibsland had a post office and railroad service
Mount Lebanon   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Taylor
 - 1895 population of 230 people (with 73 people in 2018)
 - Mount Lebanon had a post office and no railroad service
Darley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Taylor
 - Darley had railroad service and no post office
Dubberly   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Taylor
 - 1895 population of 125 people (with 260 people in 2018)
 - Dubberly had a post office and railroad service
Langston   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Taylor
 - Langston had a post office and no railroad service
Athens   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Taylor
 - 1895 population of 154 people (with 278 people in 2018)
 - Athens had a post office and railroad service
Minden   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Taylor
 - 1895 population of 1,298 people (with 12,100 people in 2018)
 - Minden had a post office and railroad service
Sibley   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Taylor
 - Sibley had railroad service and no post office
Holly Springs   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Taylor
 - 1895 population of 56 people
 - Holly Springs 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 Taylor. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Taylor 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 - 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 Taylor:

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 Bienville Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Bossier Parish:     Cyndi's



Caddo Parish:     Cyndi's



Claiborne Parish:     Cyndi's



De Soto Parish:     Cyndi's



Jackson Parish:     Cyndi's



Lincoln Parish:     Cyndi's



Natchitoches Parish:     Cyndi's



Red River Parish:     Cyndi's



Union Parish:     Cyndi's



Webster Parish:     Cyndi's



Columbia County (AR):     Cyndi's



Union County (AR):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Taylor ...

While our initial data about Taylor came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Taylor in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Taylor.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Taylor:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Taylor. See our Misc Page for Taylor for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Louisiana

About Bienville Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Bienville Parish:

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Taylor. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Taylor

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Taylor. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5457, Longitude: -93.1193     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Taylor 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 Taylor, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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