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Russell County, Alabama Facts

When was Russell County, AL Created?
Russell County was created on 18 Dec. 1832 in the Creek Cession of 1832, from former Creek Indian territory.

What is the County Seat of Russell County, AL?
The County Seat is located in Phenix City (first county seat was established at Girard. The county seat was moved to Seale in 1868 and to Phenix City in the 1930s) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Russell County, AL?
Bordering Counties are Lee CountyMuscogee County, Georgia, Chattahoochee County, Georgia, Stewart County, Georgia, Barbour CountyBullock CountyMacon County.

Russell County, AL Vital Records

Where can find Russell County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Russell County vital records can be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health which has Birth And Death Records from 1908, Marriages from 1936 and Divorce Records from 1950. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Alabama for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Russell County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Certificates to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the Russell County Health Department has Birth Records from 1934 , Death records from 1934.

Russell County, AL Census Records

What Russell County, AL census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Russell County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 18401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

Russell Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Russell Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Russell Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Russell Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890.

There are Alabama State censuses from 1820-1866. Also two Alabama Census of Confederate Soldiers for 1907 and 1921. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Alabama Census Records Research Guide

Russell County, AL Courthouse and Government Records

Russell County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Russell County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Russell County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Alabama courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Alabama residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Russell County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Alabama Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Old Russell County Courthouse

Russell County, AL Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Russell County, AL?
A list of Russell County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Alabama Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

  • Russell County Historical Commission, 1040 Broad Street, Phenix City, AL 36867; 334-297-8225
  • Phenix City Public Library, 334-297-1139
  • ALRUSSEL. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Russell County, Alabama. To subscribe send “subscribe” to [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (digest mode).
  • Alabama Genealogical Society, c/o Samford University Library, AGS Depository and Headquarters, 800 Lakeshore Drive, P.O. Box 2296, Birmingham, AL 35229-0001
  • Alabama Department of Archives & History, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100; Phone: (334) 242-4435

Where can I connect with other Russell County, AL Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Russell County, AL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Russell County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a fee. This is just a list that has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

Russell Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Russell Co. AL Cemeteries & Church Records

Russell Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Russell Co. AL General and History Websites

Russell Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Russell Co. AL Military Records