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Our Genealogy Helper for East 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 East 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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for East 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.

Name Variations for East Union ...

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 East Union.

  • Typical abbreviation for East Union: E. Union

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 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 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.

East Union is located in Madison County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Madison County: Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood & Henderson.

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

Madison     (The home county for East Union)
  Jackson   [Map]     W   2 miles [3.2 km]<1>
  Lawrence   [Map]     NW   3 miles [4.8 km]
  Cisco Indian Village - Historic   [Map]     SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Parkburg   [Map]     S   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Medon   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Three Way   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Windy City   [Map]     NW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Huntersville   [Map]     W   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Denmark   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Lavinia   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Whitthorne   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Atwood   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Clarksburg   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  McLemoresville   [Map]     N   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Trezevant   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Concord   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Wingo   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Huntingdon   [Map]     NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  McKenzie   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Hollow Rock   [Map]     NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Henderson   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Deanburg   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Jacks Creek   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Silerton   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Enville   [Map]     SE   23 miles [37 km]
  Milledgeville   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Fruitvale   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Gadsden   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Bells   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Alamo   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Johnsons Grove   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Maury City   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Maury Junction   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Elizabeth   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Friendship   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Chestnut Bluff   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Scotts Hill   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Pleasant Hill   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Decaturville   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Dunbar   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Parsons   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Jeannette   [Map]     E   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mount Lebanon   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Tigrett   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Bruceville   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Goat City   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Medina   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Humboldt   [Map]     NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Graball   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Gibson   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Milan   [Map]     N   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Ledbetter   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Union Central   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Concord   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Trenton   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Bradford   [Map]     N   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dyer   [Map]     N   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Teague   [Map]     SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Toone   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hornsby   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Bolivar   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Whiteville   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Newcastle   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Hickory Valley   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Middleton   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Rogers Springs   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Saltillo   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Crump   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  New Town   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Savannah   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Swift   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Belle Meade   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Centerview   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Pittsburg Landing Ferry   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Woodland   [Map]     W   18 miles [29 km]
  Bradford   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Owl City   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Brownsville   [Map]     W   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ko Ko   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Stanton   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  White Fern   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Atkins - Historic   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Rhodes Town   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Union Cross   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Lexington   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Parkers Crossroads   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Chesterfield   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Sardis   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cedar Grove   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Darden   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Gates   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Halls   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Finger   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Bethel Springs   [Map]     S   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Selmer   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Adamsville   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Stantonville   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Eastview   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ramer   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Greenfield   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Pillowville   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Newspapers Published in East 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 95 newspapers that have been published in the area around East Union.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of East Union, there are papers which were published within 23 miles [37 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for East Union.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we begin with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and 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 - 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 East Union:

These websites are specific to Tennessee:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

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

These pages are specific to Madison County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Carroll County:     Cyndi's



Chester County:     Cyndi's



Crockett County:     Cyndi's



Decatur County:     Cyndi's



Dyer County:     Cyndi's



Gibson County:     Cyndi's



Hardeman County:     Cyndi's



Hardin County:     Cyndi's



Haywood County:     Cyndi's



Henderson County:     Cyndi's



Lauderdale County:     Cyndi's



McNairy County:     Cyndi's



Weakley County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Tennessee:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Tennessee,
Cemeteries of Madison County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Tennessee   Cemetery Wiki for Tennessee
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Tennessee, for Madison 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 Tennessee
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Cemeteries Near East Union ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of East 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 Google map will open 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 or 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 East Union covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NW Mt. Olivet Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Hollywood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  W Riveside Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Bemis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  NW Ridgecrest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Elmwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Rushing Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Butler Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Highland Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  N Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Parker Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Bear Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Rogers Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Matthews Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Bascom Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  ENE Union Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Davidson 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>

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

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

Jackson   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from East Union
 - 1895 population of 10,039 people (with 66,903 people in 2018)
 - Jackson had a post office and railroad service
Malesus   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the Southwest (SW) from East Union
 - Malesus had a post office and railroad service
Oakfield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the North (N) from East Union
 - Oakfield had railroad service and no post office
Beech Bluff   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East (E) from East Union
 - Beech Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
Pinson   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from East Union
 - 1895 population of 264 people
 - Pinson had a post office and railroad service
Carroll   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from East Union
 - Carroll had a post office and railroad service
White Fern   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from East Union
 - White Fern had a post office and no railroad service
Luray   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) from East Union
 - Luray 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 East Union. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring East Union in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

The Communities of Tennessee

About Madison County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for East Union. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Madison County:

The official website for State of Tennessee:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- East Union) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in East Union. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.6051, Longitude: -88.7670     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for East Union 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:

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

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