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Union Chapel, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Union Chapel ...

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 Union Chapel (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 insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Union Chapel. 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.

Newspapers Published in Union Chapel ...

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 25 newspapers that have been published in the area around Union Chapel.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Union Chapel, there are papers which were published within 13 miles [20.9 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Union Chapel.

Cemeteries Near Union Chapel ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Union Chapel.

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 new browser window will open with a Google map 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 and 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 Union Chapel covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Union Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  N Boldo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  N John Porter Family Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  N Porter Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W Samaria Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Old Mt. Carmel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sipsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Aaron Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Bolden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Walker Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Burton Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tidwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old City Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Copeland Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  S Mt. Cedrum Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Drummond Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WNW New Prospect Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Walker Memory Gardens   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Sardis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Leonard Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Mauldin Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW South Lowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Lollar Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Gray Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Brasfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Phillips Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Tubbs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Goodsprings Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fords Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Fuller Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE New Horizon Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  E New Canaan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Shady Grove Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE McKinley Chapel Methodist Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Tingle Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Blooming Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Cross Roads Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Reid Cemetery   [Map]     


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

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

Cordova   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South (S) from Union Chapel
 - 1895 population of 86 people (with 2,028 people in 2015)
 - Cordova had a post office and railroad service
Jasper   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Union Chapel
 - 1895 population of 780 people (with 14,071 people in 2015)
 - Jasper had a post office and railroad service
Dora   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Union Chapel
 - Dora had a post office and no railroad service
Powellville   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Union Chapel
 - Powellville had a post office and no railroad service
Parrish   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Union Chapel
 - Parrish had a post office and railroad service
South Lowell   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Union Chapel
 - 1895 population of 192 people
 - South Lowell had a post office and no railroad service
Gamble   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Union Chapel
 - Gamble had railroad service and no post office
Robbins Crossroads   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Union Chapel
 - 1895 population of 75 people
 - Robbins Crossroads 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 Union Chapel. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Union Chapel in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

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

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

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

Union Chapel is located in Walker County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Walker County: Blount, Cullman, Fayette, Jefferson, Marion, Tuscaloosa & Winston.

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

Walker     (The home county for Union Chapel)
      Cordova   [Map]   S   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Jasper   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Burrows Crossroads   [Map]   N   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   E   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Powellville   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Barney   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dora   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Camak Mills - Historic   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Empire   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Red Hill   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Smoke Rise   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Blount Springs   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      County Line   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bangor   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Nectar   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gum Springs   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NE   18 miles [29 km]
      Crane Hill   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Logan   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Good Hope   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      White City   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cullman   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      West Point   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Berry   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bazemore   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Glen Allen   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Robbins Crossroads   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Media   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Corner   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Sayre   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      West Jefferson   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Graysville   [Map]   SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alden   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Adamsville   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Cardiff   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Pinkney City   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Warrior   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Brookside   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Daisey City   [Map]   SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Twin   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lacon   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Saint Clair
      Argo   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Springville   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Helena   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Samantha   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Falls City   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Arley   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Houston   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Addison   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Union Chapel, see our County-by-County Page for Union Chapel.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 Union Chapel:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Walker County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Walker County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Walker County

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 Alabama

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within Alabama

About Walker County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

The official website for Walker County:

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Union Chapel. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.8168, Longitude: -87.1778     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Union Chapel 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 Union Chapel, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Union Chapel.


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