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Our Genealogical Helper for University ...

Although we found mention of University during our research, we have little information about it.<1> Given the context of how University was mentioned, we believe that it was a community rather than some type of landmark. We have done a cursory search and if it's a community, we haven't been able to find any evidence that it still exists.




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 University (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 University. 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 the area of University ...

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 54 newspapers that have been published in the area around University.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of University. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of University and those printed in the larger area surrounding University.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 3 miles [4.8 km]<2> of University.

Cemeteries Near University ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of University.

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

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Alberta Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW The Old Cemetery [Map]      
  W Evergreen Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SSE Memory Hill Gardens [Map]      
  SSE Darden Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Robertson Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Hopewell Cemetery [Map]      
  W Greenwood Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  W West Highland Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  WSW Pine Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Cedar Oak Cemetery [Map]      
  S Jerusalem Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shake Rag Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  E Tuscaloosa Memorial Park [Map]      
  ENE Chambers Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Sunset Memorial Garden [Map]      
  NE Holt Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Williamson Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Taylorville Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Stone Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Rices Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  N Bethel Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Gilgal Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Cottondale Nature Garden Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Garners Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Taylor Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Center Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Shirley Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Beautiful Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Old Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Ruhama Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Boyd Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Jennings Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Liberty Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Little Sandy Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Bankston Cemetery [Map]      
  NE Scales Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Chapel Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Flatwoods Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  NNW Carrolls Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Zion Cemetery [Map]      
  E Andrews Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Piney Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Sand Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  W Dodd Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  S Big Sandy Cemetery [Map]      
  S Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  S Friendship Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Popular Spring Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Mt. Olive Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Watkins Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Big Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Coker Cemetery [Map]      
  W Spring Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Dry Creek Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Zion Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Big Sandy Cemetery [Map]      
  S Center Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Duncanville Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Ward Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Coaling Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Little Hurricane Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Oak Ridge Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW AME Church Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Old Liberty 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that in 1895, University had a post office and no railroad service.

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

Tuscaloosa   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the North (N) from University
 - 1895 population of 4,215 people (with 98,332 people in 2015)
 - Tuscaloosa had a post office and railroad service
 
Cottondale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from University
 - 1895 population of 420 people
 - Cottondale had a post office and railroad service
 
Northport   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from University
 - 1895 population of 413 people (with 24,772 people in 2015)
 - Northport had a post office and no railroad service
 
Englewood   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from University
 - Englewood had railroad service and no post office
 
Coker   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from University
 - Coker had a post office and no railroad service
 
Hull   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from University
 - 1895 population of 360 people
 - Hull had a post office and railroad service
 
Coaling   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from University
 - 1895 population of 116 people (with 1,648 people in 2015)
 - Coaling had a post office and railroad service
 
Foster's   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from University
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Foster's 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 University. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring University 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.

University is located in Tuscaloosa County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Tuscaloosa County: Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Jefferson & Pickens.

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

  DirectionDistance
Tuscaloosa     (The home county for University)
      Alberta City   [Map]   E   Less than 2 miles
      Tuscaloosa   [Map]   N   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Sahama Village   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Ingleside Village   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Wood Village   [Map]   N   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Holt   [Map]   NE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Northport   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Lake Front Village   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Coker   [Map]   W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
 
Bibb
      Egypt - Historic   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      North Bibb   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Burmah - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Fikestown - Historic   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      West Blocton   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Brent   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
 
Fayette
      Berry   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bankston   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Rossland City   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Belk   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fayette   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Greene
      Knoxville   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Union   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eutaw   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Clinton   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      West Greene   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
 
Hale
      Moundville   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Akron   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Oak Village   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Sawyerville   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Greensboro   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Jefferson
      Kimbrell   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Rock Creek   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Concord   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Greenwood   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Industrial City   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Lamar
      Kennedy   [Map]   NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Millport   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Perry
      Sprott   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Pickens
      Gordo   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Reform   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Carrollton   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Aliceville   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McMullen   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      McShan   [Map]   W   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Beaver Town   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
 
Shelby
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Helena   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wilton   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Walker
      Patton Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Patton   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Corona   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Oakman   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Goodsprings   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Parrish   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with 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 University:

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 Tuscaloosa County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Greene County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Lamar County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Pickens County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for University ...

With our Gazetteer, we add the names of communities whenever we see them mentioned - frequently found in old books or maps. Usually we don't have any details that go with the name, but we'll eventually find documents that will give us 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 University.

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Tuscaloosa County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Tuscaloosa County: www.co.tuscaloosa.al.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

<1>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer. For example, we might find a sentence like "He went north past University and then turned east". While University could be some kind of landmark, we think that it's more likely to be a community. We've added University as a placeholder with the hope that we'll be able to add more information in the future.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. The community might still exist or it might have existed for just a short period of time. Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, families in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc.

Also keep in mind that University could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community.

Since confusion between counties is common, we searched and weren't able to find another Alabama community named University.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance starting from University. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- University) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in University. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.2021, Longitude: -87.5252     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for University have been estimated.

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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 University, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for University.



 
 
 

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