Franklin County, Alabama
Genealogy and Facts

Franklin County was created on Feb. 6, 1818 out of the Cherokee Cession of 1816. This particular county was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin.

The county seat was originally located at Russellville, named after William Russell, an early settler and chief scout for Gen. Andrew Jackson during the Creek Indian War of 1813-14. In 1849, the county seat was transferred to Frankfort, where it remained until 1879 when it was moved to Belgreen. A courthouse fire in 1890 probably accounted for the relocation of the county seat to Russellville in 1891. In addition the county government website is http://www.franklincountyal.org

Locations adjacent Franklin County happen to be Colbert County (north), Lawrence County (east), Winston County (southeast), Marion County (south), Itawamba County, Mississippi (southwest), Tishomingo County, Mississippi (northwest)

Cities and towns found in Franklin County consist of Belgreen, Hodges, Phil Campbell, Red Bay, Russellville, Vina

Franklin County vital records can be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health which has Birth And Death Records from 1908, Marriages from 1936 and Divorce Records from 1950. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Alabama for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Franklin County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Certificates to mail. You may go to any county health department in the State of Alabama to obtain a certificates can be issued while you wait.

Franklin County includes Federal Census Schedules to assist in looking into your family tree. Government Population Schedules can be found for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Franklin Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Franklin Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Franklin Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Franklin Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. Two State censuses for confederate veterans exist for 1907 and 1921. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms that can help with your research.

Franklin County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Franklin County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives. See Also Alabama Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.

Franklin County Courthouse and Government Records


Franklin County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the significance of Franklin County court, probate, and land documents as a source of genealogy and family history details.

Buried away in Alabama courthouses and archives just about everywhere are often the hopes and dreams and frustrations of countless Alabama people.

The odds are excellent that your ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least several aspects of their lives in the Franklin County court records.

Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

There was record loss due to a courthouse fire in 1890 .The below facts shows exactly what birth, marriage, death, land, probate, and legal records will be in Franklin County. The years pointed out below could be the first widely known documents in this county.

Please call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
  • Franklin County Clerk of Circuit Court serves as custodian of all county court records, and is responsible for providing access to those court records by court personnel, the legal community and the public.
    • Address: 410 N. Jackson St, Russellville, AL 35653
    • Phone: 256-332-1210
    • Court Records: 1890
    • Divorce Records: are maintained among the equity records (Divorces issued prior to 1950 are located here. Divorces issued after 1950 can be found  at the Alabama Department of Public Health)
  • Franklin County Clerk of Probate Court maintains following records in the probate office: Plats, Maps, Judgments, Liens, Deeds, Mortgages, Corporations, Lis pendens, Marriage licenses, Military discharges. The Probate Judge presides over all probate court hearings for Probate of Wills, Administrations, Conservators, Guardianships, Adoptions, Legitimations, Name changes, Condemnations, Mental Commitment hearings, and performs marriage ceremonies.
    • Address: P.O. Box 1438, Russellville, AL 35653
    • Phone:(256) 332-1210
    • Marriage Records: 1890 (Marriages issued prior to 1936)
    • Probate Records: 1890
    • Land Records: 1818
  • Franklin County Revenue Commissioner's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
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  • Franklin County Health Department has Birth Records from 1916 , Death records from 1892 . 

Franklin County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relevant to Franklin County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is basically a directory that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to present your own favorite Franklin County genealogy or family history related sites.

Franklin Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Franklin Co. AL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Franklin Co. AL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Franklin Co. AL Census Records

Franklin Co. AL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Franklin Co. AL Church & Bible Records

Franklin Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Franklin Co. AL General and History Websites

Franklin Co. AL Immigration & Naturalization

Franklin Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Franklin Co. AL Military Records

Franklin Co. AL Schools & Directories

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