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Turtle Lake, Louisiana

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Our Genealogy Helper for Turtle Lake ...

So far, we have found very little information about Turtle Lake. The little that we've found leads us believe that the community is historic.<1>

We've added Turtle Lake to our Gazetteer with the hope that we can develop more information. If you can help us with Turtle Lake, please Contact Us.

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 Turtle Lake (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 Turtle Lake. 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.

Name Variations for Turtle Lake ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Turtle Lake.

  • Typical abbreviation for Turtle Lake: Turtle Lk.

Neighboring Parishes/Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring parishes/counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast 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 south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring parishes/counties 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/counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

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

Although our information shows that the community of Turtle Lake is historic, it would have been located within present day Concordia Parish.

The following parishes adjoin and form the boundaries of Concordia Parish: Avoyelles, Catahoula, Pointe Coupee, Tensas, West Feliciana, Adams (MS) & Wilkinson (MS).

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

Concordia     (The home parish for Turtle Lake)
  West Ferriday   [Map]     NE   3 miles [4.8 km]<2>
  Ferriday   [Map]     NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Ridgecrest   [Map]     E   5 miles [8 km]
  Dunbarton   [Map]     N   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Clayton   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Wildsville   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Vidalia   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Monterey   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Acme   [Map]     SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  North Point   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Bordelonville   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Vick   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Jonesville   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Sicily Island   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Harrisonburg   [Map]     NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Rhinehart   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Aimwell   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Enterprise   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Elam   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wisner   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Gilbert   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Jigger   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fort Necessity   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Chase   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Winnsboro   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Swampers   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
La Salle
  Sharp Town   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Jena   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Midway   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Summerville   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Trout   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Deville   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Waterproof   [Map]     NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Saint Joseph   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Newellton   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Adams (MS)
  Carthage (MS)   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Natchez (MS)   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
Amite (MS)
  Crosby (MS)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Franklin (MS)
  Roxie (MS)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Garden City (MS)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Jefferson (MS)
  Rodney (MS)   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fayette (MS)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
Wilkinson (MS)
  Rosetta (MS)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Woodville (MS)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Turtle Lake ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Turtle Lake.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  ENE Turner Acres Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Eva Dale Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Ferriday Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Cypress Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Athlone Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Sawyer Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Lambert Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE St. James Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Warren Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Cross Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Crane Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Minorca Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE St. Paul Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  W Wilson Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Turtle Lake ...

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 115 newspapers that have been published in the area around Turtle Lake.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Turtle Lake, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Turtle Lake.

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.

Turtle Lake itself is historic and was described in the Rand McNally Atlas as having railroad service and no post office.

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

Frogmore   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Turtle Lake
 - Frogmore had a post office and railroad service
Sycamore   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Turtle Lake
 - Sycamore had railroad service and no post office
Morville   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Turtle Lake
 - Morville had a post office and no railroad service
Chevey Chase   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from Turtle Lake
 - Chevey Chase had railroad service and no post office
Taconey   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Turtle Lake
 - Taconey had railroad service and no post office
Clayton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Turtle Lake
 - Clayton had railroad service and no post office
Lismore   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Turtle Lake
 - Lismore had a post office and no railroad service
Vidalia   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Turtle Lake
 - 1895 population of 821 people (with 3,916 people in 2018)
 - Vidalia had a post office and railroad service
Bullitt Bayou   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East (E) from Turtle Lake
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Bullitt Bayou 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 Turtle Lake. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Turtle Lake 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 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 Turtle Lake:

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 Concordia Parish:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby parishes:

Avoyelles Parish:     Cyndi's



Catahoula Parish:     Cyndi's



Franklin Parish:     Cyndi's



La Salle Parish:     Cyndi's



Rapides Parish:     Cyndi's



Tensas Parish:     Cyndi's



Adams County (MS):     Cyndi's



Amite County (MS):     Cyndi's



Franklin County (MS):     Cyndi's



Jefferson County (MS):     Cyndi's



Wilkinson County (MS):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Louisiana:

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

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 Turtle Lake ...

While our initial data about Turtle Lake came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Turtle Lake 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 Turtle Lake.

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 Turtle Lake:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Railroad Station, no Post Office mentioned

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Search for a Community in Louisiana

About Concordia Parish

About Louisiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for State of Louisiana:

Footnotes ...

<1>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 Turtle Lake, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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<2>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 from Point A (ie- Turtle Lake) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Turtle Lake. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6079, Longitude: -91.6201     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Turtle Lake have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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