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Thompsons Ferry, Louisiana
(La Salle Parish)

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Our Genealogy Helper for Thompsons Ferry ...

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 Thompsons Ferry (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 Thompsons Ferry. 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.

Thompsons Ferry is located in La Salle Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of La Salle Parish: Avoyelles, Caldwell, Catahoula, Grant, Rapides & Winn.

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

La Salle     (The home parish for Thompsons Ferry)
  Trout   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]<1>
  Sharp Town   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Midway   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Jena   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Summerville   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Tullos   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Urania   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Olla   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  North Point   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Center Point   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Effie   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Vick   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Egg Bend   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Marksville   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Hessmer   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mansura   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Bordelonville   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Kelly   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Clarks   [Map]     N   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Grayson   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Columbia   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Rhinehart   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Aimwell   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Jonesville   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Harrisonburg   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Wildsville   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Acme   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Monterey   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Dunbarton   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Antonia   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
  Pollock   [Map]     SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Bentley   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Stay   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Dry Prong   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Georgetown   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Creola   [Map]     SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Colfax   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Montgomery   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cloutierville   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Gorum   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Melrose   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ball   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Tioga   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Libuse   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Pineville   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Deville   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Alexandria Junction   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Alexandria   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Kolin   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Anandale   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Boyce   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Zimmerman   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Lena   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Atlanta   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Joyce   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Winnfield   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Sikes   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Calvin   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Dodson   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Saint Maurice   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Thompsons Ferry ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Thompsons Ferry.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  ENE Whatley Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Hurricane Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Pollock Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Leckie Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ESE Frazier Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dayton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Guynes Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Pine Bluff Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Thompson Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Clear Creek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW McKay Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Hawthorne Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Restland Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Whatley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Eden Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Norris Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Belah Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Gray Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Coon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Thomas Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Thompsons Ferry ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Thompsons Ferry.

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

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

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

Fishville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Thompsons Ferry
 - Fishville had a post office and no railroad service
Holloway   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Thompsons Ferry
 - Holloway had a post office and no railroad service
Black Creek - Historic   [Map]
 - While Black Creek was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Thompsons Ferry
 - Black Creek had a post office and no railroad service
Pineville   [Map]
 - Located 17 miles [27.4 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Thompsons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 540 people (with 14,290 people in 2018)
 - Pineville had a post office and no railroad service
Lavacco   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East (E) from Thompsons Ferry
 - Lavacco had a post office and no railroad service
Rhinehart   [Map]
 - Located 19 miles [30.6 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Thompsons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Rhinehart had a post office and no railroad service
Alexandria   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Thompsons Ferry
 - 1895 population of 2,861 people (with 46,776 people in 2018)
 - Alexandria had a post office and railroad service
Rapides   [Map]
 - Located 21 miles [33.8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Thompsons Ferry
 - Rapides 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 Thompsons Ferry. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Thompsons Ferry 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 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 Thompsons Ferry:

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 La Salle Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Avoyelles Parish:     Cyndi's



Caldwell Parish:     Cyndi's



Catahoula Parish:     Cyndi's



Concordia Parish:     Cyndi's



Grant Parish:     Cyndi's



Natchitoches Parish:     Cyndi's



Rapides Parish:     Cyndi's



Winn Parish:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

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

Search for a Louisiana Community

About La Salle Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Thompsons Ferry. 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 '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- Thompsons Ferry) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Thompsons Ferry. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.5766, Longitude: -92.3235     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Thompsons Ferry 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 Thompsons Ferry, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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