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Union, Alabama
(Clarke County)

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Our Genealogical Helper for Union ...

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 (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. 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 ...

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 21 newspapers that have been published in the area around Union.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Union, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Union.

Cemeteries Near Union ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Union.

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

Distance &

Name of Cemetery  
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Puyear Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Magnolia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mathews Cemetery   [Map]     
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Coleman Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cammack Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hollingsworth Cemetery   [Map]     
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Davis Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Whatley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dacy Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Gaddies Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Mt. Gilead Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pugh Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wilson Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Grove Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  W Peniel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Jackson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
  NNE Spinks Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Old Union Cemetery   [Map]     
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Hotel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Cedar Fork Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hearin Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Indian Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Amity Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Magnolia Lawns Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bumpers Cemetery   [Map]     
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Parker Bell Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Road Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Clarkville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW St. Lukes Cemetery   [Map]     
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Stave Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW McKenzie Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pine Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Forman Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Midway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Bassett Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Austin 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.<2>

While we didn't find Union in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Union.

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

Whatley   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Union
 - Whatley had a post office and railroad service
Grove Hill   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North (N) from Union
 - 1895 population of 225 people (with 1,494 people in 2015)
 - Grove Hill had a post office and no railroad service
Walker Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South (S) from Union
 - 1895 population of 140 people
 - Walker Springs had a post office and railroad service
Suggsville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Union
 - 1895 population of 58 people
 - Suggsville had a post office and no railroad service
Winn   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Union
 - Winn had a post office and no railroad service
Jackson   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Union
 - 1895 population of 210 people (with 4,967 people in 2015)
 - Jackson had a post office and railroad service
Vashti   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Union
 - Vashti had a post office and no railroad service
Dickinson   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Union
 - Dickinson had a post office and no railroad service
Alma   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from Union
 - Alma 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. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Union 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

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 west contained birth and death records; the county to the south 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 is located in Clarke County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Clarke County: Baldwin, Choctaw, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Washington & Wilcox.

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

Clarke     (The home county for Union)
      Whatley   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Grove Hill   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Walker Springs   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Jackson   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Dickinson   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Stave Creek   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Fulton   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alma   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Gainestown   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Salitpa   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Rockville   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Thomasville   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Little River   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Tensaw   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bladon Springs   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Cullomburg   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Bolinger   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Silas   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gilbertown   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Toxey   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Aquilla   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Butler   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Needham   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Repton   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Range   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Huxford   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ellison - Historic   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Dixon's Mills   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Vineland   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Putnam   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sweet Water   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Magnolia   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Nanafalia   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barrons - Historic   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Half Acre   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Calvert   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mount Vernon   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Finchburg - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Perdue Hill   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Frisco City   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Megargel   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Uriah   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Excel   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Goodway   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Leroy   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Saint Stephen's   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Bassetts Creek   [Map]   SW   18 miles [29 km]
      Wagarville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Sunflower   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Frankville   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bigbee   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Hobson   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      McIntosh   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Chatom   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Barlow   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Millry   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Lower Peach Tree   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coy   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Pine Hill   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Yellow Bluff   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Kimbrough   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Arlington   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Anne Manie   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Millers Ferry   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

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:

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 Clarke County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Baldwin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Choctaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Escambia County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mobile County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Washington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

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Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Union. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.6288, Longitude: -87.7853     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Union have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Union.


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