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University Estates, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for University Estates ...

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 Estates (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 Estates. 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.

Name Variations for University Estates ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with University Estates.

  • Typical abbreviation for University Estates: University Ests.

Newspapers Published in University Estates ...

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 70 newspapers that have been published in the area around University Estates.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of University Estates, there are papers which were published within 18 miles [29 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for University Estates.

Cemeteries Near University Estates ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of University Estates.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Green Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Westwood Drive Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Cherry Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Chamlee Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Garden Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ENE Rosemere Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Evergreen Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW Farmville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ross Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Sinai Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Daniel - Caldwell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Ridge Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Pine Knot Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Mt. Vernon Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Pierce Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Morris Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Elam Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Providence Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  ENE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Cobb Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Whatley Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Penn Young Gravesite   [Map]     
  ENE Memory Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Loachapoka Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Pine Level Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Armstrong Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Holt Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Gold Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Frank McGuire Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Wright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Watoola Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Dupree Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Maddox Family Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Luke CME Church Cemetery<3>   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Oak Bowery 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.<4>

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

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

Auburn   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from University Estates
 - 1895 population of 1,440 people (with 63,118 people in 2016)
 - Auburn had a post office and railroad service
Chewacla   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from University Estates
 - Chewacla had a post office and no railroad service
Opelika   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from University Estates
 - 1895 population of 3,703 people (with 29,869 people in 2016)
 - Opelika had a post office and railroad service
Loachapoka   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West (W) from University Estates
 - 1895 population of 357 people (with 199 people in 2016)
 - Loachapoka had a post office and railroad service
Gold Hill   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from University Estates
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Gold Hill had a post office and railroad service
Alliance   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from University Estates
 - Alliance had a post office and no railroad service
Oak Bowery   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from University Estates
 - 1895 population of 137 people
 - Oak Bowery had a post office and no railroad service
Society Hill   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South (S) from University Estates
 - 1895 population of 151 people
 - Society Hill 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 Estates. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring University Estates 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 southeast 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 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 east 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 Estates is located in Lee County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Lee County: Chambers, Macon, Russell, Tallapoosa, Harris (GA) & Muscogee (GA).

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

Lee     (The home county for University Estates)
      Auburn   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Ridgewood Village   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      The Bottle   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Opelika   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Beauregard   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Loachapoka   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Waverly   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Salem   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Marvyn   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Prince Crossroads   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Smith's Station   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Smiths   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Spring Hill   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Comer   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Three Notch   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Union Springs   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Midway   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fitzpatrick   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cusseta   [Map]   NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Huguley   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      LaFayette   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Valley   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Eady City   [Map]   NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Lanett   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Plant City   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Fredonia   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Penton   [Map]   N   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Five Points   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Abanda   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Evansville   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Motley   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Ray   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Equality   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Tallassee   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Kent   [Map]   W   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Eclectic   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Claud   [Map]   W   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fusihatchi - Historic   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Erie - Historic   [Map]   W   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Notasulga   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tuskegee   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Liberty City   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Armstrong   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Fort Davis   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Hardaway   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Shorter   [Map]   SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Waugh   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cecil   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Wadley   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Roanoke   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Almond   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Rock Mills   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Crawford   [Map]   SE   18 miles [29 km]
      Ladonia   [Map]   E   23 miles [37 km]
      Hurtsboro   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Hatchechubbee   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Phenix City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Seale   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Fontaine Village   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fort Mitchell   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Pittsview   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Holy Trinity   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cottonton   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Camp Hill   [Map]   NW   18 miles [29 km]
      Agricola   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Slaughters - Historic   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Reeltown   [Map]   W   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Tallapoosa City   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Dadeville   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      East Tallassee   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Benson - Historic   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Jacksons' Gap   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Frog Eye   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Alkehatchee - Historic   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Daviston   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
Chattahoochee (GA)
      Fort Benning (GA)   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
Harris (GA)
      Pine Lake (GA)   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Cataula (GA)   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hamilton (GA)   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Ellerslie (GA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Pine Mountain Valley (GA)   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Pine Mountain (GA)   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Muscogee (GA)
      Bibb City (GA)   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      City Village (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Columbus (GA)   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fortson (GA)   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Baker Village (GA)   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Midland (GA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
Stewart (GA)
      Omaha (GA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Troup (GA)
      West Point (GA)   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Pioneer Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Abbottsford (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      West Lake Village (GA)   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      LaGrange (GA)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 websites either 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 University Estates:

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 website for the State of Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Lee County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Barbour County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Bullock County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Chambers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Hale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Macon County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Randolph County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Russell County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tallapoosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Chattahoochee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Harris County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Muscogee County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Stewart County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Troup County (GA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Alabama

About Lee County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for University Estates. 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 that begins in University Estates. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- University Estates) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in University Estates. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.5976, Longitude: -85.4541     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for University Estates 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: findagrave.com.

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<3>CME is an abbreviation for the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

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<4>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 Estates, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for University Estates.