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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 the area of 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 41 newspapers that have been published in the area around Union.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Union. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Union and those printed in the larger area surrounding Union.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> of 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 &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Green Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  E Old Rehobeth Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Ballard Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  SSW Dropping Lick Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lebanon Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Ballard - Harvey Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Gap Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Lincoln Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Wayside Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Mountain View Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Fortner Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Lively Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Swope Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Chambers Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Kire Community Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE New Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Oak Grove 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>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Union had a population of 348 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2017, Union had a population of 550 people.

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

Salt Sulphur Springs   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Union
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Salt Sulphur Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Knobs   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Union
 - Knobs had a post office and no railroad service
Keenan   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East (E) from Union
 - Keenan had a post office and no railroad service
Hillsdale   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Union
 - 1895 population of 27 people
 - Hillsdale had a post office and no railroad service
Pickaway   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Union
 - 1895 population of 72 people
 - Pickaway had a post office and no railroad service
Lillydale   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Union
 - Lillydale had a post office and no railroad service
Sinks Grove   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Union
 - 1895 population of 124 people
 - Sinks Grove had a post office and no railroad service
Hollywood   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Union
 - Hollywood 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 northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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 Monroe County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Monroe County: Alleghany (VA), Craig (VA), Giles (VA), Greenbrier & Summers.

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:

Monroe     (The home county for Union)
      Hollywood   [Map]   E   5 miles [8 km]
      Ballard   [Map]   SW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Peterstown   [Map]   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Spring Dale   [Map]   NW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Meadow Bridge   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bellwood   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hilton Village   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Thurmond   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Harvey   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Fort Spring   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Frazier   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Alderson   [Map]   NW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Ronceverte   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Fairlea   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lewisburg   [Map]   N   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Richlands   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      White Sulphur Springs   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Clendenenville   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Vale   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Anthony   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Frankford   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Unus   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Athens   [Map]   SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Oakvale   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Princeton   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Johnston Town   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Edison   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Matoaka   [Map]   W   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Peaser Junction - Historic   [Map]   N   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Shady Spring   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Royal - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Clifftop   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Daniels   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Beaver   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Piney View   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stanaford   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Beckley   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coal City   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Crab Orchard   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Mabscott   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      MacArthur   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Old Mill Village   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Forest Hill   [Map]   W   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Bellepoint   [Map]   W   18 miles [29 km]
      Hinton   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Jumping Branch   [Map]   W   24 miles [38.6 km]
Alleghany (VA)
      Low Moor (VA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Selma (VA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Botetourt (VA)
      Daleville (VA)   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Fincastle (VA)   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Troutville (VA)   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Apple Tree Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cloverdale (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Runaway Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Laymantown (VA)   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Covington City (VA)
      Covington (VA)   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Craig (VA)
      New Castle (VA)   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Abbott (VA)   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
Floyd (VA)
      Terrys Fork (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Giles (VA)
      Pembroke (VA)   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pearisburg (VA)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Rich Creek (VA)   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Bluff City (VA)   [Map]   SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Glen Lyn (VA)   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Narrows (VA)   [Map]   SW   23 miles [37 km]
Montgomery (VA)
      Mount Tabor Village (VA)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Sundance Village (VA)   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Blacksburg (VA)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      McBryde Village (VA)   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Merrimac (VA)   [Map]   S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Christiansburg (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Old Farm Village (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Raintree Village (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Shawsville (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Grove (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Riner (VA)   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Pilot (VA)   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
Pulaski (VA)
      Fairlawn (VA)   [Map]   S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dublin (VA)   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hilton Village (VA)   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Pulaski (VA)   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Radford City (VA)
      Mill Village (VA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Radford (VA)   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      New Town (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Radford Village (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Simpkins Village (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Sunset Village (VA)   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
Roanoke City (VA)
      Roanoke (VA)   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Buena Vista (VA)   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Roanoke (VA)
      Hollins (VA)   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bent Mountain (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cave Spring (VA)   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
Salem City (VA)
      Salem (VA)   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sunset Village (VA)   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 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 first turn to 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:

These websites are specific to West Virginia:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the West Virginia State Archives

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

These pages are specific to Monroe County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Fayette County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Greenbrier County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mercer County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Nicholas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Raleigh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Summers County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Alleghany County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Botetourt County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Covington City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search      
Craig County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Floyd County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Giles County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Pulaski County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Radford City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
Roanoke City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    
Roanoke County (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Salem City (VA):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for West Virginia:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Monroe County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for West Virginia     Cemetery Wiki for West Virginia
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of West Virginia,     of Monroe 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 West Virginia
Also see Diaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Union ...

While our initial data for Union came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Union in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find 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 Union.

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 Union:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Union in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Union for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Union.
      See our Misc Page for Union for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in West Virginia

About Monroe County

About West Virginia

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 West Virginia:

Footnotes ...

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

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Union. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Union

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Union. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.5923, Longitude: -80.5437     [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, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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