Franklin County, Arkansas
Genealogy and Facts

Franklin County was created 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 .

Currently the Franklin County Seat can be found in Ozark (northern part) & Charleston (southern part) and in addition the county government website is www.arcounties.org/

Areas next to Franklin County happen to be Madison County (north), Johnson County (east), Logan County (southeast), Sebastian County (southwest), Crawford County (west).

Cities and towns located in Franklin County consist of Altus, Branch, Charleston, Denning, Ozark, Wiederkehr Village.

Franklin County vital records can be obtained from 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 does have Federal Census Schedules to assist in finding out about your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present 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 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 Arkansas Archives, Genealogical and Historical Societies for statewide Addresses and links.

Franklin County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically forget the advantages of Franklin County court, probate, and land files as a source of ancestry and genealogy information and facts. Hidden away in Arkansas courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and worries of the many Arkansas men and women. The possibilities are very good that your particular ancestors have left a in-depth record of at least quite a few elements of their lives in the Franklin County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, take into account all of the other methods which often can have lead to him or her showing up in court records.

The following details shows exactly what death, marriage, birth,, property, probate, and court records will be in Franklin County. The years pointed out below tend to be the first recognized records data for this particular county.

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at 211 West Commercial, Ozark 72949 or Charleston 72933; 479-667-4726, unless otherwise noted. The records of the county, common pleas, probate, and circuit courts are complete from the date of the first court in 1839. The deed and mortgage records are incomplete; the courthouse was burned in 1863, but G.H. Ross, the clerk, saved from the fire all except the deed records. Since that date the deed records are complete. The records of the Charleston district are complete from 1891, they having been burned in that year. For the most part however, they have been rewritten.

I highly recommend you contact the clerk's office to identify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of from time to time changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will assist people in locating the resources, however it's up to the man or women to perform the basic research.
  • 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

Franklin County Genealogy Links

The following are web links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources associated 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. Feel free to submit your own preferred Franklin County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Franklin Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Franklin Co. AR Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Franklin Co. AR Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Franklin Co. AR Census Records

Franklin Co. AR Cemeteries & Graveyards

Franklin Co. AR Church & Bible Records

Franklin Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Franklin Co. AR General and History Websites

Franklin Co. AR Immigration & Naturalization

Franklin Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Franklin Co. AR Military Records

Franklin Co. AR Schools & Directories

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