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Thomas, Louisiana
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Our Genealogy Helper for Thomas ...

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 Thomas (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 Thomas. 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 Counties/Parishes ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties/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 counties/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 counties/parishes, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Thomas is located in Washington Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Washington Parish: Saint Tammany, Tangipahoa, Marion (MS), Pearl River (MS), Pike (MS) & Walthall (MS).

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

Washington     (The home parish for Thomas)
  Franklinton   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]<1>
  Angie   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Varnado   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Mount Hermon   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Enon   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Bogalusa   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Sunny Hill   [Map]     W   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Stoney Point   [Map]     SW   18 miles [29 km]
Saint Helena
  Greensburg   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Tammany
  Sun   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Bush   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Folsom   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Saint Benedict   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Talisheek   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Abita Springs   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Covington   [Map]     S   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hickory   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Madisonville   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Henry City - Historic   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Husser   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Kentwood   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Tangipahoa   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Fluker   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Loranger   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Roseland   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Amite City   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Independence   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Robert   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Tickfaw   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Natalbany   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
Amite (MS)
  McElveen (MS)   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Jefferson Davis (MS)
  Bassfield (MS)   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lamar (MS)
  Lumberton (MS)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wells Town (MS)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Purvis (MS)   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
Lawrence (MS)
  Monticello (MS)   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Marion (MS)
  Pinebur (MS)   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Columbia (MS)   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
Pearl River (MS)
  Poplarville (MS)   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Picayune (MS)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
Pike (MS)
  Holmesville (MS)   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Osyka (MS)   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Magnolia (MS)   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bear Town (MS)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  McComb (MS)   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Summit (MS)   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
Walthall (MS)
  Tylertown (MS)   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Sartinville (MS)   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Thomas ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thomas.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  N Payne Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Gay Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Crain Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Gerald Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crains Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Sam McKenzie Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  WSW Magee Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Magee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Faith Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Noble Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Breland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gerald Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Harmony Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ESE Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Schillings Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Seal Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hobgood Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Fisher Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Breland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Crain Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Crain Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Centerville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Martin Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Knight Cemetery   [Map]     
  E McKinsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Briarwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Tynes Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Tom Nat Stogner Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW State Line Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old State Line Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW James Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Haley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Schilling Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Hunt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Stogner Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Simmons Cemetery   [Map]     
  N McKenzie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Knight Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Miley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Central Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Blackwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hinds Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Star Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Brumfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Brumfield Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Toomer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Beard Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE McNeece Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Whittington Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Muster Ground Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Temple Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sam Carroll Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hill Top Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Tullos Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Singley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Kennedy Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Oral Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Crystal Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Woods Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Jessie C Fortenberry Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Winan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Curter Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Corkem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Baughman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Adams Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Sheridan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Church of God Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Duncan Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Pittman Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Warner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Magee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Magee Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Creel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Thigpen Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jenkins Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Sheridan Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
  E William Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Carson Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Rocky Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bickham Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Sweet Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Sweet Rest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Strahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Elisha Holmes Sr. Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Pierce Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Moses Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Dillon Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bankston Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Thomas ...

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 13 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thomas.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Thomas, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Thomas.

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

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

Franklinton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Thomas
 - 1895 population of 97 people (with 3,770 people in 2018)
 - Franklinton had a post office and no railroad service
Zona   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Thomas
 - Zona had a post office and no railroad service
Mount Hermon   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West (W) from Thomas
 - Mount Hermon had a post office and no railroad service
Pickwick (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Thomas
 - Pickwick had a post office and no railroad service
Smithburg (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Thomas
 - Smithburg had a post office and no railroad service
Spring Cottage (MS)   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thomas
 - Spring Cottage had a post office and no railroad service
Sunny Hill   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the West (W) from Thomas
 - 1895 population of 45 people
 - Sunny Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Lees Creek   [Map]
 - Located 18 miles [29 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Thomas
 - Lees Creek 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 Thomas. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thomas in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer 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 Thomas:

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 Washington Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Saint Helena Parish:     Cyndi's



Saint Tammany Parish:     Cyndi's



Tangipahoa Parish:     Cyndi's



Amite County (MS):     Cyndi's



Jefferson Davis County (MS):     Cyndi's



Lamar County (MS):     Cyndi's



Lawrence County (MS):     Cyndi's



Marion County (MS):     Cyndi's



Pearl River County (MS):     Cyndi's



Pike County (MS):     Cyndi's



Walthall County (MS):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

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

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thomas. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.9680, Longitude: -90.0287     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thomas 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:

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

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