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Franklin County, Arkansas Facts

When was Franklin County, AR Created?
Franklin County was established on December 19,1837 and was formed from Crawford County and Johnson County. Parts of Franklin County was used to form the following counties: Logan County 1871. Other county boundry changes occured when Line with Johnson defined 14 December 1833, line with Crawford defined 4 March 1875, line with Crawford changed 28 March 1895. Its first settlers of the area were from Tennessee and they settled on Mulberry Creek. The county was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), founding father of the United States .

What is the County Seat of Franklin County, AR?
The County has dual county seats with courthouses in Ozark (northern part) & Charleston (southern part) and in addition the county government website is www.arcounties.org/

What counties are adjacent to Franklin County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Madison County (north), Johnson County (east), Logan County (southeast), Sebastian County (southwest), Crawford County (west).

What cities and towns are in Franklin County, AR?
Cities and towns located in the County include Altus, Branch, Charleston, Denning, Ozark, Wiederkehr Village.


Franklin County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Franklin County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Franklin County vital records can be found at the Arkansas Deptartment of Health has Birth & Death records since February 1, 1914, Marriage Records since January 1917 and Divorce Records since January 1923. You may go to the Franklin County health department to obtain a Birth or Death certificates which can be issued while you wait. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Arkansas 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 copies of Franklin Co. Birth CertificatesMarriage CertificatesDivorce CertificatesDeath Certificates  to mail.


Franklin County, AR Census Records

What Franklin County, AR census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Franklin County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Franklin Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Franklin Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained 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 acquired for 1890. You'll find free online and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide


Franklin County, AR Courthouse and Government Records


Franklin County Courthouse in Charleston

What genealogical records can I find in the Franklin County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Franklin County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Arkansas Corthouse Records Research Guide

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at 211 West Commercial, Ozark 72949 or Charleston 72933; 479-667-4726, unless otherwise noted. 


Franklin County Courthouse in Ozark
  • Franklin County Clerk of Circuit Court is the clerk of the circuit, chancery court, and juvenile court and usually acts as the ex-officio recorder of Franklin county. The duties of the clerk are to maintain a record of all proceedings of the circuit, chancery and juvenile courts and to prepare the dockets for courts in Franklin County. They are also the ex-officio Franklin county recorder; and is responsible for recording deeds, mortgages, liens, and surety bonds, and many other orders and instruments which involve property within Franklin county.
    • Phone: (479) 667-3818
    • Court Records: 1852
    • Land Records: 1837
    • 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 Arkansas Department of Public Health)
  • Franklin County Clerk , as clerk to the probate court, the clerk files all instruments making them a matter of record in descendent estate cases, and swears in all witnesses in contested estates. The clerk, also in this capacity, maintains all records relative to adoptions and guardianship cases within Franklin county.
    • Phone: (479) 667-3607
    • Marriage Records: 1850 
    • Probate Records:1840
  • Franklin County Assessor's Office maintains County tax records. These records are usually arranged by legal description and are not indexed.
    • Phone: (479) 667-2415
  • BLM Land Records

Franklin County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Franklin County, AR?
A list of Franklin County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Arkansas Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Franklin County, AR Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Franklin County, AR?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Franklin County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is merely a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another.

Franklin Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Franklin Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Franklin Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Franklin Co. AR General and History Websites

Franklin Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Franklin Co. AR Military Records

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