Russell County was formed in 1786 out of Washington County. Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise Counties were later formed in whole or in part from Russell County. The Local History Room at the Lebanon Library has an extensive collection containing local history and authors as well as extensive genealogical material. There is also a small local history collection available at the Honaker Library. The information below may assist you in conducting genealogical research.
A digital archive that includes school, church, and business records
Castlewood—School photos collected by Mary Hall, 1950-2000
Cleveland—Records of Pvt. Calvin Hawkins, KIA, 1950
Honaker—Lockhart business records, 1905-1925 (local dentist)
Lebanon—Lebanon Parent-Teacher Association minutes, 1928-1950; RCPL Scrapbook, 1989
Minutes of the Union Association of Old Regular Baptists of Jesus Christ, 1963-1972
Russell County Women’s Club scrapbook, 1968-1970
Russell County Bicentennial scrapbook and records, 1986
Newspaper obituaries collected by Carl Ray, 1990-2000
Russell County local history lesson plans, 1992
Ancestry is available inside the library only.
Includes digitized yearbooks, and newspapers, plus Russell County GenWeb
The Local History Room at the Lebanon Library has an extensive collection containing local history and authors as well as extensive genealogical material. There is also a small local history collection available at the Honaker Library. You can use the card catalog to search our local history collection.
If we don’t have what you’re looking for, you can also try the Russell County courthouse.
We sponsor an annual essay contest where writers identify and sing the praises of women who they think should be included in the Hall of Fame.
Still stumped? If you’d like an answer to a straightforward, factual question a volunteer can help.