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Russellville, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Russellville ...

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 Russellville (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 Russellville. 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 Russellville ...

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 50 newspapers that have been published in the area around Russellville.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Russellville. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Russellville and those printed in the larger area surrounding Russellville.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> of Russellville.

Cemeteries Near Russellville ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Russellville.

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

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NNE Sadler Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Old Town Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Luketown Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wilson - Nooe Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Orman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Devaney Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Knights of Pythias Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Franklin Memory Gardens   [Map]     
  SE Kirk Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Sargent Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Willis Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Harris Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Drake Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Number 6 Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Mt. Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Jonesboro Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Gravel Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Kirkland Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ramsey Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Burnt Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SW Steadham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Keelen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Old Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Allen Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Antioch Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bobo Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Sparks Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Hester Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Graham Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Hamilton Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Allen - McRight Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW McWright Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Rea Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Tharptown Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hyde Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Welch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Walden Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pounders Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Cherry Hill Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Osborn Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tharp Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Malone Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW New Belgreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pounders - Quinn Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Quinn Memorial Church of Christ Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wingo Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Mt. Hebron Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Blue Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Counts Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Pennington Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Frankfort Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Old Belgreen Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Scharnagle Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Spruce Pine Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Gray Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sylvester Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Sibley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bob Saint Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Aycock Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Underwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mitchell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Jones Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shady Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Taylor Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Mountain Home Presbyterian Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW New Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Lawler Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Moorman Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Dooley Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Smith Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Denton Hollow Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Young Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Isbell Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Gadd Cemetery   [Map]     
  N County Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Greenhill Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Greenhill - Ezzell Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  WSW Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Old Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Holland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Stone Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Wade Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Phil Campbell Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Huff Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Watson Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW New Bethel Memorial Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Bethsaida Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Ligon Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Old Mt. Moriah Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Henson Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bolton 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 Russellville had a population of 920 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2016, Russellville had a population of 9,815 people.

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

Isbell   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Russellville
 - Isbell had a post office and no railroad service
Rockwood   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Russellville
 - Rockwood had a post office and no railroad service
Waco   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Russellville
 - 1895 population of 86 people
 - Waco had a post office and no railroad service
Littleville   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Russellville
 - Littleville had a post office and railroad service
Spruce Pine   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the South (S) from Russellville
 - Spruce Pine had a post office and no railroad service
Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Russellville
 - 1895 population of 59 people
 - Frankfort had a post office and no railroad service
Belgreen   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Russellville
 - 1895 population of 136 people
 - Belgreen had a post office and no railroad service
Newburg   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Russellville
 - 1895 population of 143 people
 - Newburg had a post office and no railroad service
Hunter - Historic   [Map]
 - While Hunter was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Russellville
 - Hunter 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 Russellville. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Russellville 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 doctors and hospitals 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.

Russellville is located in Franklin County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Franklin County: Colbert, Lawrence, Marion, Winston, Itawamba (MS) & Tishomingo (MS).

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

Franklin     (The home county for Russellville)
      Spruce Pine   [Map]   S   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Belgreen   [Map]   W   8 miles [12.9 km]
      Phil Campbell   [Map]   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Slickrock Ford - Historic   [Map]   W   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hodges   [Map]   SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Burntout   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Vina   [Map]   SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Red Bay   [Map]   W   23 miles [37 km]
      Littleville   [Map]   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Spring Valley   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Tuscumbia   [Map]   N   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Campbell Settlement - Historic   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Denton - Historic   [Map]   W   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Gatesville - Historic   [Map]   NW   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Furnace Hill - Historic   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Muscle Shoals   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sheffield   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Leighton   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Nitrate City   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Davidsons Cross Roads - Historic   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Canaan - Historic   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Green Tree - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Cypress Creek   [Map]   N   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Bainbridge - Historic   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Florence   [Map]   N   22 miles [35.4 km]
      McGee Town   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Saint Florian   [Map]   N   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Killen   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Beach Grove   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Belleview - Historic   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Arnot   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Cloverdale   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Mehama - Historic   [Map]   E   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Avoca - Historic   [Map]   E   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Mount Hope   [Map]   E   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Camp Spring - Historic   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hatton   [Map]   E   18 miles [29 km]
      Muck City   [Map]   E   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Town Creek   [Map]   NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Moulton   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Wren   [Map]   E   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Courtland   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      North Courtland   [Map]   NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Chalybeate Springs   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Bear Creek   [Map]   S   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Hackleburg   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Hamilton   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Weston   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Brilliant   [Map]   S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Twin   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Rock City   [Map]   S   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Gu-Win   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Guin   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Winfield   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Danville   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Trinity   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Nauvoo   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Slicklizzard   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eldridge   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Haleyville   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Boar Tush   [Map]   S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Delmar   [Map]   S   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Grayson   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Natural Bridge   [Map]   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Double Springs   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Lynn   [Map]   S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Farriss   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Houston   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Addison   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Slick Ford   [Map]   SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Itawamba (MS)
      Oakland (MS)   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Tremont (MS)   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Tishomingo (MS)
      Golden (MS)   [Map]   W   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Belmont (MS)   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Tishomingo (MS)   [Map]   W   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Paden (MS)   [Map]   W   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Iuka (MS)   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Burnsville (MS)   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
Lawrence (TN)
      Iron City (TN)   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Saint Joseph (TN)   [Map]   N   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Rascal Town (TN)   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

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 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 Russellville:

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 Franklin County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Colbert County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lauderdale County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Marion County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Morgan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Walker County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Winston County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Itawamba County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Tishomingo County (MS):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lawrence County (TN):       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Franklin County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Franklin 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
Also see ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Russellville ...

While our initial data for Russellville came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Russellville 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 Russellville.

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 Russellville:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office  
We have found Russellville in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Russellville for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Russellville.
      See our Misc Page for Russellville for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Franklin County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Russellville: www.russellvillegov.com/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance from Russellville. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Russellville) 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 Russellville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Russellville

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Russellville. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5060, Longitude: -87.7280     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Russellville 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 Russellville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Russellville.