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Russell County Alabama History and Profile:

Russell County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of Colonel Gilbert C. Russell, who fought in the wars against the Creek Indians. As of 2000, the population was 49,756. Its county seat is Phenix City.

Russell County is part of the Columbus, Georgia-Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Russell County was established by an act of the state general assembly on December 18, 1832, from lands ceded to the state by the Creek Indians. The county seat has changed several times: Girard (1833-1839), Crawford originally Crockettsville (1839-1868), Seale (1868-1935) and Phenix City (1935-present). It was named for War of 1812, Col. Gilbert Christian Russell, Sr., 1782-1861, 3rd U.S. Infantry.

Source: WIkipedia.

Cities and Towns of Russell County, Alabama:

* Glenville (unincorporated)
* Hurtsboro
* Ladonia
* Phenix City (part of Phenix City is in Lee County)
* Seale

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Russell County Government

Russell County Alabama Government – Official Site

Phenix City-Russell Co Public Library
1501 17th Avenue
Phenix City, AL 36867

Russell County Historic Places

Apalachicola Fort
Bass-Perry House
Brooks-Hughes House
Brownville-Summerville Historic District
Floyd-Newsome House
Fort Mitchell Site
Fort No. 5
Girard High School
Girard Historic District
Glenn-Thompson Plantation
Glennville Historic District
Joel Hurt House
Hurtsboro Historic District
Kid Alley Residential Historic District
Lower Twentieth Street Residential Historic District
Morgan-Curtis House
Samuel R. Pitts Plantation
Russell County Courthouse at Seale
Shapre-Monte House
Smith Residential Historic District
Snow Valley Residential Historic District
Uchee Methodist Church
Upper Twentieth Street Residential Historic District
Yuchi Town

Russell County Genealogy Resources

Russell County Alabama USGenWeb Site

Russell County, Alabama USGenWeb archives

Russell County Genealogy page at KindredTrails

Vital Records
If you are outside the state of Alabama and are looking to request copies of vital records you must contact the statewide office of vital records:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
(334) 206-5418
Fax: (334) 262-9563

You can also call (334) 206-5418

There were no birth certificates prior to 1908, some counties may have recorded births in a ledger however. One way to search this centrally is by contacting:

Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Ave
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-4363

Birth and Death Records have been recorded in Alabama since 1908, Marriage Records since August 1936 and Divorces since 1950.

Census

1840 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Index & Transcription

Tax Records

Cemeteries

USGS listing of Cemeteries in Russell County

Russell County Cemetery Transcriptions
Cemetery Transcriptions (Although both are usgenweb this seems a slightly different listing.)

Query Forums

Genealogy Forums can be a great way to find other people that are researching the same ancestors as you are. Even if they may be not be researching the same direct line but related lines you may find information that is useful in your own research. Make sure to verify any other research that you add to your own research and try to document it well. If asking questions in genealogy forums it is good to provide as much information as possible and in the subject of the posting try to give name and a date or range of dates to help make your query more likely to be found. Posts with titles like “looking for family” or “help!” are too generic and something along the lines of “John Smith b. abt 1828 md. Hannah Jones” would be more helpful to get your post read by those that are interested in the John Smith/Hannah Jones family.

Russell County, AL at
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News Related to Russell County, AL

“Russell County” al – Google News

Russell County teenager accused of making bombs, planning attack at school … – al.com

Russell County teenager accused of making bombs, planning attack at school
al.com
PHENIX CITY, Alabama – A Russell County teenager who pleaded guilty to planning an attack at his high school with homemade explosives was sentenced this week to two years' supervised probation followed by three years in prison, the Associated Press …
Russell County teen sentenced to probation, 3 years in prison for plotting Alabama’s News Leader
Russell Co. teen accused of terror plot sentenced to probationWTVM
Alabama teen sentenced in school bomb plotWDEF News 12

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Tony Rasmus returns to Russell County, plans to be baseball coach – al.com


Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Tony Rasmus returns to Russell County, plans to be baseball coach
al.com
The Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer reported today that Rasmus will return as Russell County's baseball coach, although Rasmus, in a phone interview with AL.com, stopped short of saying the move is official. “I don't know how much I can say.” Rasmus
Rasmus returns as Russell County baseball coachWTVM

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Jury convicts man of killing pregnant girlfriend – Macon Telegraph (blog)

Jury convicts man of killing pregnant girlfriend
Macon Telegraph (blog)
PHENIX CITY, Ala. — An east Alabama jury took just minutes to convict a man of beating and strangling his pregnant girlfriend to death. The Russell County jury on Thursday found Curtis Durall Newsome guilty of murder in the June 2013 killing of Caneya …

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Headland wins second straight Dixie Youth Majors state title – Dothan Eagle

Headland wins second straight Dixie Youth Majors state title
Dothan Eagle
Russell County had rolled through the tournament unbeaten – including defeating Headland 2-0 on Tuesday – and appeared to be in great shape to complete the championship run after leading Headland 5-0 after the top of the first inning in the opener …

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Court: Jealousy sparked fatal assault on mother of three – Columbus Ledger-Enquirer


Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Court: Jealousy sparked fatal assault on mother of three
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
The brutality that ended with Caneya "Candy" Webb's fatal strangulation in June 2013 began with boyfriend Curtis Durall Newsome's checking her cellphone while she was in the shower of her Edmond Estates apartment in Phenix City, according to testimony …

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Roanoke Mustangs claim Russell tournament title – Randolph Leader

Roanoke Mustangs claim Russell tournament title
Randolph Leader
The Mustangs put a finishing touch on their season by defeating the Alabama Saints 44-39 to capture the Russell County Invitational championship. This was the game to see as the Mustangs started slowly but made quick buckets to lead at the end of the


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