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Union, Alabama
(Greene 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 45 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 23 miles [37 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     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Union Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Johnson Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Hebron Cemetery [Map]      
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Union Christian Church Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Walker Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Manatua Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE St. Marys Cemetery [Map]      
      5 miles [8 km]  
  W Eatman Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Spencer Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Pyle Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hick Cemetery [Map]      
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Brickyard Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Harris Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Roden Cemetery [Map]      
  S Smiths Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Barnes Rancher Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE McGiffert Cemetery [Map]      
  SE New Bethany Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Spencers Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Knoxville Cemetery [Map]      
  E Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Old Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sixteenth Section Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Ellis Cemetery [Map]      
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Alexander Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  S Greenon Cemetery [Map]      
  SE St. Paul Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Old Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Mt. Herman Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Henderson Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Eatman Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Screptah Cemetery [Map]      
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Hogley Wood Cemetery [Map]      
  S Bethlehem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Bethesda Church Yard Cemetery [Map]      
  N Zion Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mt. Moriah Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Hughes Cemetery [Map]      
  W Horton Cemetery [Map]      
  W Horton Cemetery [Map]      
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW New Light Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Forest Church Cemetery [Map]      
  S Mesopotamia Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Sealy Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shea Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Shedd Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  N Mitchell Cemetery [Map]      
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  SW St. Johns Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Pippen Place Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Parham Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Wesley Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  W Pleasant Ridge Church 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Union had a population of 85 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2015, Union had a population of 223 people.

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

Mantua   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Union
 - 1895 population of 53 people
 - Mantua had a post office and no railroad service
Knoxville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Union
 - 1895 population of 18 people
 - Knoxville had a post office and no railroad service
Clinton   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Union
 - 1895 population of 47 people
 - Clinton had a post office and no railroad service
Lewiston   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Union
 - Lewiston had a post office and no railroad service
Benevola   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Union
 - Benevola had a post office and no railroad service
Eutaw   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Union
 - 1895 population of 1,115 people (with 2,766 people in 2015)
 - Eutaw had a post office and railroad service
Pleasant Grove   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Union
 - 1895 population of 29 people
 - Pleasant Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasant Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the West (W) from Union
 - 1895 population of 237 people
 - Pleasant Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
West Greene   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Union
 - West Greene 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors 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 is located in Greene County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Greene County: Hale, Marengo, Pickens, Sumter & Tuscaloosa.

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:

Greene     (The home county for Union)
      Knoxville   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Boligee   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Forkland   [Map]   S   23 miles [37 km]
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Moundville   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arcola   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Prairieville   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Newbern   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Gallion   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kennedy   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Millport   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Demopolis   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Gordo   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Memphis   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pickensville   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Reform   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McShan   [Map]   NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Ethelsville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Macedonia   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Stafford   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gainesville   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Panola   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Epes   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Geiger   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bethel - Historic   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Emelle   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Livingston   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Moore Town   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Arrington   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bellamy   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ralph   [Map]   NE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Foster's   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Elrod   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Buhl   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Coker   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Echola   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Northport   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Alberta City   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Kemper (MS)
      Scooba (MS)   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Electric Mills (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Lowndes (MS)
      New Hope (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Noxubee (MS)
      Macon (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Shuqualak (MS)   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 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 turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note that 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     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

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 Greene County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Marengo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Sumter County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Kemper County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lowndes County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Noxubee County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Union ...

While our initial data for Union came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Union 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 Union.

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 Union:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Union in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Union for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Union.
      See our Misc Page for Union for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Alabama

About Greene County

About Alabama

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.

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance that starts 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.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Union. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Union

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Union. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.9938, Longitude: -87.9072     [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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