Franklin County, Florida
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Franklin County

Franklin County was created on February 8, 1832 from Gadsden County and Washington County. This county was named for Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America.

The Franklin County Seat is located in Apalachicola also, the county government website is www.franklincountyflorida.com/.

Areas bordering to Franklin County are Liberty County (north), Wakulla County (northeast), Gulf County (west).

Incorporated Cities and Towns located in Franklin County include Carrabelle.

Franklin County vital records can be found at the Florida Office of Vital Records which has copies of Birth & Deaths reported 1917 to present and Divorce & Marriages since June 6, 1927. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Florida for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Franklin County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Florida Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.

Franklin County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1840 (as Florida Territory), 1850, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Franklin Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Franklin Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Franklin Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Franklin Co. Historical Events (published in 1944):

  • Was an early refuge for escaped slaves and was the scene of pirate raids.
  • Renegade British organized negroes and Indians to fight the Americans and built a strong fort for them on the Apalachicola River.
  • Edward Nichols, a British Lieutenant built a fort for the Seminole Indians seventeen miles above mouth of Apalachicola River, and placed therein $250,000 worth of ammunition late in 1814. Runaway slaves afterward occupied this fort, which was destroyed by American forces July 27, 1816.
  • After the American occupation, much traffic in cotton and other agricultural products moved down the river and was shipped abroad from Apalachicola.
  • Dr. John Gorrie, of this city, invented the manufacture of ice here in 1851. He is known as the "father of modern refrigeration."
  • The city was held by Union forces during most of the Civil War and later became an even more important shipping point for oysters, lumber and naval stores.

Franklin County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Franklin County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Franklin County Courthouse and Government Records


Franklin County Courthouse

Researchers often fail to notice the importance of Franklin County court, probate, and land documents as a source of family history and genealogy information and facts. Hidden away in Florida courthouses and archives everywhere tend to be the desires and worries of the many Florida residents.

The chances are great that your chosen ancestors have left a detailed record of at least a number of factors of their lives in the Franklin County court records. Even if your forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods which could have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

The below facts shows what death, marriage, birth, land, wills, and legal records are usually in Franklin County. The dates stated listed below are considered the first noted records in this county. Courthouse destroyed by fire in 1887 and many records were damaged.

Make sure you call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other details before visiting or inquiring about information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A lot of employees will assist individuals in obtaining the materials, but it is up to the person to undertake the researching.
  • Franklin County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 33 Market St., Ste. 203, Apalachicola, FL 32320
  • Franklin County Clerk of the Circuit Court / County Clerk is custodian of all records of all predecessor courts, whether justice of the peace, city, county, probate, civil, or criminal.
    • Phone: (850) 653-8861 ext. 103
    • Marriage Records: 1887
    • Land Records: 1874
    • Probate Records: 1832
    • Court Records: ?
  • Franklin County Tax Collector collects all real estate taxes including postponed and delinquent, all county revenues in addition to the research and issue tax deed applications. Our department is the holder of tax records and assessed values.
  • Franklin County Health Department has copies of Birth & Death certificates. Also has computer access from 1917 to present for birth records for the entire state as well as births that occurred in this county.

Franklin County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Franklin County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a fee. This is just a directory which has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to submit your own preferred Franklin County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Franklin Co. FL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Franklin Co. FL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Franklin Co. FL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Franklin Co. FL Census Records

Franklin Co. FL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Franklin Co. FL Church & Bible Records

Franklin Co. FL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Franklin Co. FL General and History Websites

Franklin Co. FL Immigration & Naturalization

Franklin Co. FL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Franklin Co. FL Military Records

Franklin Co. FL Schools & Directories

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