A microfilm copy of the Russell County Death Register 1853-1896 is held by Russell County Public Library. (Missing: 1863-1864, 1895.) A few death certificates from the early 1900s in Russell County are available.
Some records have been sent to Richmond. Copies held by the state can be obtained by writing: VDH, Office of Vital Records P.O. Box 1000 Richmond, Virginia 23218-1000 Phone: 804-662-6200 or visit online at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/vital_records/index.htm
The Social Security Death Index can be searched online through Ancestry.com inside the library.