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Our Genealogy Helper for Tortue ...

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 Tortue (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 Tortue. 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 hospitals 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.

Tortue is located in Acadia Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Acadia Parish: Allen, Evangeline, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Saint Landry & Vermilion.

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

  DirDistance
Acadia     (The home parish for Tortue)
  Estherwood   [Map]     W   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Crowley   [Map]     NE   5 miles [8 km]
  Egan   [Map]     NW   5 miles [8 km]
  Morse   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]
  Ebenezer   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Ellis   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Mermentau   [Map]     W   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Evangeline   [Map]     NW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Iota   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Rayne   [Map]     E   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Branch   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Higginbotham   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Church Point   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Allen
  Coverdale   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Lauderdale   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Kinder   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oberlin   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Indian Village   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Le Blanc   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Calcasieu
  Hayes   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bell City   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Iowa   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Evangeline
  Basile   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Duralde   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Chataignier   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mamou   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Reddell   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Ville Platte   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Iberia
  Avery Island   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  New Iberia   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Jefferson Davis
  Jennings   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Lake Arthur   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Roanoke   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Welsh   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Elton   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Lacassine   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Fenton   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
 
Lafayette
  Duson   [Map]     E   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Scott   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Milton   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lafayette   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Carencro   [Map]     NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Stekey   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Youngsville   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Broussard   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
 
Saint Landry
  Eunice   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Cankton   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Lewisburg   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Sunset   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Lawtell   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Grand Coteau   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Opelousas   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Arnaudville   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Leonville   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Washington   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Portage   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Port Barre   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Saint Martin
  Duchamp   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Breaux Bridge   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Cade   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Delacroix   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Saint Martinville   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Cecilia   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Levert   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Parks   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Saint John   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Banker Plantation   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Isle Labbe   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Vermilion
  Gueydan   [Map]     S   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Andrew   [Map]     SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Kaplan   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Maurice   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Abbeville   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Perry   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Erath   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Delcambre   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Intracoastal City   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Tortue ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Tortue.

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

Distance &
Direction


      Name of Cemetery  
 
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Hanks Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Woodlawn Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE South Crowley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W LeBlanc Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
 
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NE IOOF Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Leger Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Quebodaux Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNE German Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Simon Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Istre Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Abshire Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  E Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hawks Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Leger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hookman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Murphy Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Hebert Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Leckett Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW McFarlain Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Indian Cemetery   [Map]     
 
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  E Leger Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Gatte Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Tortue ...

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 27 newspapers that have been published in the area around Tortue.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Tortue, there are papers which were published within 27 miles [43.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Tortue.

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

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

Crowley   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Tortue
 - 1895 population of 420 people (with 12,691 people in 2018)
 - Crowley had a post office and railroad service
 
Mermentau   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Tortue
 - Mermentau had railroad service and no post office
 
Cartville - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cartville was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Tortue
 - Cartville had a post office and no railroad service
 
Rayne   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Tortue
 - 1895 population of 569 people (with 8,071 people in 2018)
 - Rayne had a post office and railroad service
 
Indian Bayou   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Tortue
 - Indian Bayou had a post office and no railroad service
 
Duson   [Map]
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Tortue
 - Duson had railroad service and no post office
 
Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the East (E) from Tortue
 - Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
 
Church Point   [Map]
 - Located 20 miles [32.2 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Tortue
 - Church Point 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 Tortue. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Tortue 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 websites either 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 Tortue:

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 Acadia Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Allen Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Calcasieu Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Evangeline Parish:     Cyndi's
List

 
Family
Search

 
Genealogy
Trails

 
Iberia 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

 
Saint Landry 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 Acadia Parish
 
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Louisiana
 
FamilySearch.org:   Cemetery Wiki for Louisiana
 
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page
 
Internment.net:   Cemeteries for Louisiana, for Acadia 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 Acadia Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Tortue. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 30.1799, Longitude: -92.4476     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Tortue 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 Tortue, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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