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Our Genealogical Helper for Russell Heights ...

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 Russell Heights (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 Russell Heights. 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 Russell Heights ...

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 Russell Heights.

  • Typical abbreviation for Russell Heights: Russell Hts. (in Canada, 'Hgts.' is the more common abbreviation.)

Newspapers Published in Russell Heights ...

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 8 newspapers that have been published in the area around Russell Heights.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Russell Heights, there are papers which were published within 9 miles [14.5 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Russell Heights.

Cemeteries Near Russell Heights ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Russell Heights.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  E Shiloh Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Cedar Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Sand Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W McCombs Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Mt. Olive Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Moody Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Mt. Nebo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Alton Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Forest Crest Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  S Kendrix Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Stewarts Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Trussville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jefferson Memorial Gardens   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSE Hollis Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Pleasant Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Union Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Vandiver Negro Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Earltown Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSE Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Lawleys Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Reed Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Bass Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Bold Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Old Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Taylors Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bush Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Overton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beulah Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sterrett Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Austin Olds Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Higgins Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  W East Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW McElwain Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Brasher Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Branchville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Macedonia Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Argo 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 Russell Heights in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Russell Heights.

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

Dunnavant   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Russell Heights
 - Dunnavant had railroad service and no post office
McCombs   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Russell Heights
 - McCombs had railroad service and no post office
Moody   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Russell Heights
 - Moody had a post office and no railroad service
Trussville   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Russell Heights
 - 1895 population of 462 people (with 21,827 people in 2017)
 - Trussville had a post office and railroad service
Brompton   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Russell Heights
 - Brompton had a post office and railroad service
Weems   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Russell Heights
 - Weems had railroad service and no post office
Rock Ridge   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Russell Heights
 - Rock Ridge had a post office and no railroad service
Irondale   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West (W) from Russell Heights
 - Irondale 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 Russell Heights. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Russell Heights 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 southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. 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 east 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.

Russell Heights is located in Jefferson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Jefferson County: Bibb, Blount, Saint Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa & Walker.

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

Jefferson     (The home county for Russell Heights)
      Leeds   [Map]   S   Less than 2 miles
      Scott City   [Map]   W   Less than 2 miles
      Lola City   [Map]   NW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Cedar Grove - Historic   [Map]   SW   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Alton   [Map]   W   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Breakstone Village   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      East Trussville - Historic   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Trussville   [Map]   N   5 miles [8 km]
      Cahaba Village   [Map]   NW   5 miles [8 km]
      Irondale   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Grayson Valley   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cahaba Landing   [Map]   SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Chalkville   [Map]   NW   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Green Pond   [Map]   SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Woodstock   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Dale - Historic   [Map]   NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Remlap   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Selfville   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      County Line   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Dallas   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Locust Fork   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Allgood   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Appalachian   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Highland Lake   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Straight Mountain   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Deavers   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Hayden   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Oneonta   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Bruner - Historic   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Blue Eye - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Boozer - Historic   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Eastaboga   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   E   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Bynum   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Ohatchee   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Beasley - Historic   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cochran Springs   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Bera - Historic   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Chigger Ridge - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cobb Town   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clark - Historic   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Chambers Springs   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hollins   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Baltimore - Historic   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Black Bottom   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Garden City   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Arkadelphia   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      The Colony   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hanceville   [Map]   N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bremen   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Dodge City   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      White City   [Map]   N   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Clear Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Gallant   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Altoona   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brannon Springs - Historic   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Walnut Grove   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Attalla   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Southside   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Ivalee   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pilgrims Rest   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Rainbow City   [Map]   NE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Saint Clair
      Woodland Village   [Map]   NE   2 miles [3.2 km]
      Moody   [Map]   NE   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Acmar   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Cook's Springs   [Map]   E   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Margaret   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Turnbough Town   [Map]   NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Argo   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Springville   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Branchville   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Odenville   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Fountainrun - Historic   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Glen City   [Map]   E   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Avondale Village   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Dunnavant   [Map]   SE   3 miles [4.8 km]
      Vandiver   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Sterrett   [Map]   SE   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Shoal Creek   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Lake Purdy   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Calcis   [Map]   SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Westover   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Inverness   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Meadowbrook   [Map]   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Vincent   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Chelsea   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Harpersville   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Indian Springs Village   [Map]   SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Logan Martin Dam   [Map]   SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Colony   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Windsong Island   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Alpine   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Lincoln   [Map]   E   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Winterboro   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Talladega   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Abihka - Historic   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Tannehill   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Creel   [Map]   NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Quinton   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Empire   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Sumiton   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Oakahalla   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Twilley Town   [Map]   W   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Burnwell   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Dora   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Black Warrior Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Reeds Ferry   [Map]   W   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Sipsey   [Map]   NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Barney   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Cordova   [Map]   W   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although 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 Russell Heights:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

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

These pages are specific to Jefferson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Blount County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Calhoun County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Clay County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Cullman County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Etowah County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Saint Clair County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails      
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Jefferson County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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Footnotes ...

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Russell Heights. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.5534, Longitude: -86.5603     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Russell Heights have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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