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Our Genealogical Helper for Union City ...

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 City (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 City. 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 Union City ...

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 101 newspapers that have been published in the area around Union City.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Union City. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Union City and those printed in the larger area surrounding Union City.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> of Union City.

Cemeteries Near Union City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Union City.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Chapel of the Chimes Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NNE Chapel of the Chimes Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SE Presbyterian Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SSE Holy Ghost Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NNW Holy Sepulchre Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NNW All Saints Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Fremont Memorial Park   [Map]     
  NW Mt. Eden Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Lone Tree Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Ohlones Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mission San Jose Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SE St. Josephs Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW San Lorenzo Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  NNW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pleasanton Memorial Gardens Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Dublin 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 City in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Union City.

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

Alvarado - Historic   [Map]
 - While Alvarado was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West (W) from Union City
 - 1895 population of 642 people
 - Alvarado had a post office and railroad service
Newark   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the South (S) from Union City
 - 1895 population of 318 people (with 47,531 people in 2017)
 - Newark had a post office and railroad service
Mount Eden   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Union City
 - 1895 population of 155 people
 - Mount Eden had a post office and railroad service
San Lorenzo   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Union City
 - 1895 population of 198 people
 - San Lorenzo had a post office and railroad service
Sunol   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Union City
 - Sunol had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasanton   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Union City
 - 1895 population of 984 people (with 83,007 people in 2017)
 - Pleasanton had a post office and railroad service
Fair Oaks   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Union City
 - Fair Oaks had railroad service and no post office
Palo Alto   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Union City
 - Palo Alto had railroad service and no post office
Alviso   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Union City
 - 1895 population of 207 people
 - Alviso had a post office and railroad service
San Leandro   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Union City
 - 1895 population of 1,879 people (with 90,553 people in 2017)
 - San Leandro had a post office and railroad service
Redwood City   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Union City
 - 1895 population of 1,572 people (with 86,685 people in 2017)
 - Redwood City had a post office and 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 City. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Union City 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 doctors and 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 City is located in Alameda County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Alameda County: Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara & Stanislaus.

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

Alameda     (The home county for Union City)
      Alvarado - Historic   [Map]   W   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Newark   [Map]   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fremont   [Map]   SE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Fairview   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Hayward   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Mount Eden   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Cherryland   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Russell City   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Castro Valley   [Map]   N   7 miles [11.3 km]
      San Lorenzo   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Albrae - Historic   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Ashland   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
Contra Costa
      San Ramon   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Danville   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Blackhawk-Camino Tassajara   [Map]   NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Alamo   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Diablo   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Moraga   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blackhawk   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Lafayette   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Orinda   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Walnut Creek   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Orinda Village   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Fort McDowell   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Belvedere   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sausalito   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Tiburon   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Marin City   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Paradise Cay   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Bel Aire   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Strawberry   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Corte Madera   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Muir Beach   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      San Quentin   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tamalpais-Homestead Valley   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
San Francisco
      Friendship Village   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      San Francisco   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sydney Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Amanico Ergina Village   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Stonestown   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Golden Gate Heights   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Doelger City   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
San Joaquin
      Carnegie - Historic   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Tracy   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Wainwright Village   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Lyoth   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Banta   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Holt   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
San Mateo
      East Palo Alto   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      North Fair Oaks   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      The Willows   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Atherton   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Menlo Park   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Redwood City   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Foster City   [Map]   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
      San Carlos   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      West Menlo Park   [Map]   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Belmont   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Emerald Lake Hills   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Laurel   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
Santa Clara
      Alviso   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Palo Alto   [Map]   SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Ventura   [Map]   SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Castro City   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Milpitas   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Escondido Village   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Stanford   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Agnew   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Los Altos   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Mountain View   [Map]   S   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Los Altos Hills   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Sunnyvale   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
Santa Cruz
      Summit   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boulder Creek   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brookdale   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Laurel   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Lompico   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Ben Lomond   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      The Willows   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Zayante   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Felton   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Mount Hermon   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Scotts Valley   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Benicia   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Mare Island - Historic   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Vallejo   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Birds Landing   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Guadalcanal Village   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with 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 Union City:

These websites are specific to California:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the California State Archives

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of California to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Alameda County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Contra Costa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Francisco County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Joaquin County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
San Mateo County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Clara County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Santa Cruz County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Solano County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for California:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community within California

About Alameda County

About California

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Union City:

The official website for Alameda County:

The official website for State of California:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Union City. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Union City) 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 City. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Union City

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Union City. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5923, Longitude: -122.0398     [Map].

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

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