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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 47 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 16 miles [25.7 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 &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  WSW Union Cemetery [Map]      
  S John Johnston Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSW Guthrie Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Harper Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Benson Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Old Sharon Primitive Baptist Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  E Sardis Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Spain Cemetery [Map]      
  NW County Line Cemetery [Map]      
  W Lovejoy Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Hornsby Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pentecost Cemetery [Map]      
  E Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Lockhart Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Red Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Reeltown Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Pleasant Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  W Benson - Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  W Watson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  N Williams Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSE Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mask Cemetery [Map]      
  N Farrow Dennis Graveyard [Map]      
  WNW Harmony Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Rosehill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Salem Macon Cemetery [Map]      
  E Roxana Cemetery [Map]      
  E Roxanna Cemetery [Map]      
  E Meadows - Robinson Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE New Hope Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Holley Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  W Cotton Cemetery [Map]      
  W Thrash 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.

Walnut Hill   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Union
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Walnut Hill had a post office and no railroad service
 
Thornton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East (E) from Union
 - Thornton had a post office and no railroad service
 
Church Hill   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Union
 - Church Hill had a post office and no railroad service
 
Agricola   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Union
 - Agricola had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kowaliga   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Union
 - 1895 population of 52 people
 - Kowaliga had a post office and no railroad service
 
Kent   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Union
 - Kent had a post office and no railroad service
 
Jordan   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West (W) from Union
 - Jordan had a post office and no railroad service
 
Island Home   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Union
 - 1895 population of 20 people
 - Island Home 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 northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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 Tallapoosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tallapoosa County: Chambers, Clay, Coosa, Elmore, Lee, Macon & Randolph.

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:

  DirectionDistance
Tallapoosa     (The home county for Union)
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   S   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Our Town   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   N   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Alexander City   [Map]   N   16 miles [25.7 km]
      New Site   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
 
Autauga
      Marbury   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Bullock
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Chambers
      LaFayette   [Map]   NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Penton   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Valley   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Chilton
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Clay
      Motley   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Mellow Valley   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Millerville   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Cragford   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Coosa
      Equality   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Kellyton   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Goodwater   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Elmore
      Kent   [Map]   SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Claud   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Wetumpka   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
      Blue Ridge   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Titus   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Coosada   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
 
Hale
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
 
Lee
      Waverly   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Auburn   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Macon
      Liberty City   [Map]   SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Montgomery
      Waugh   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Mount Meigs   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Sunshine Village   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      New Town   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Montgomery   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Pike Road   [Map]   SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Highland Village   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gibbs Village   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Young Forte Village   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      English Village   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
 
Randolph
      Almond   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
 
Russell
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Talladega
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   E   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 start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or 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 it should be mentioned 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 Tallapoosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Chilton County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tallapoosa County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Tallapoosa 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 ...
      Georgia

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Alabama

About Tallapoosa 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: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Union. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn 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: 32.6987, Longitude: -85.8472     [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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