Franklin County, Illinois

Franklin County

Franklin County was founded on January 2, 1818 from Gallatin County and White County. This county was named for Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), prolific writer, inventor, and politician; key factor in the American Revolution.

The Franklin County Seat is located in Benton (prior county seats was Shawneetown–Kaskaskia Road, at Moses Garrett’s tavern from 1818–1821 , Frankfort from 1821–1841) also, the county government website is www.franklincountyil.org/ .

Areas bordering to Franklin County are  Jefferson County (north), Hamilton County (east), Saline County (southeast), Williamson County (south), Jackson County (southwest), Perry County (west)

Cities, Towns & Villages located in Franklin County include  Benton, Christopher, Orient, Sesser, West Frankfort, Zeigler, Buckner, Ewing, Freeman Spur, Hanaford, Macedonia, Mulkeytown, North City, Royalton, Thompsonville, Valier, West City.

Townships located in Franklin County include  Ewing, Eastern, Frankfort, Goode, Browning, Benton, Barren, Cave, Denning, Northern, Six Mile, Tyrone.

Franklin County vital records can be found at the Illinois Department of Public Health has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Illinois 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 Illinois Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Franklin County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1820, 1830, 1840, 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. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

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

frequently fail to notice the significance of Franklin County court, probate, and land records data as a resource of family history and genealogy details. Buried away in Illinois courthouses and archives everywhere are the dreams and worries of the many Illinois people.

The chances are very good that your forefathers have left a detailed record of at least quite a few facets of their lives in the Franklin County court records. Even if your forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, take into account all of the other procedures which may have lead to her or him showing up in court records.

Remember to contact the clerk's office to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics in advance of visiting or asking for information because of in some cases changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Most staff will help people in finding the materials, but it's up to the person to perform the researching.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Franklin county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for this county which may include records of land, estates, taxes, vital records, divorces, naturalizations, court records, and so forth. Most records lost (1818–1843) due to a fire on November 18, 1843

Remember to contact the clerk's office to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics in advance of visiting or asking for information because of in some cases changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Most staff will help people in finding the materials, but it's up to the person to perform the researching.
  • Franklin County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: Public Courthouse Square, P.O. Box 607, Benton, IL 62812
  • Franklin County Clerk & Recorder of Deeds maintains records and issues certificates of vital statistics (birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage certificates) for the entire County. The Recorder's duties are receiving, filing and maintaining all records related to real property in our county. These documents range from all types of conveyance deeds, mortgages, releases and assignments, property liens, as well as, assorted federal, state and local liens. The Recorder’s office is responsible for the recordation and storage of plats of subdivision, land surveys and monument records. Many other types of miscellaneous documents are recorded, such as; foreign birth certificates, foreign marriage licenses, and military discharge paperwork to name a few.
    • Phone: 618-438-3221
    • Marriage Records: 1836
    • Birth & Death Records: 1877
    • Land Records: 1835
  • Franklin County Clerk of the Circuit Court, commonly known as the Circuit Clerk, is the keeper of the files and records of the Circuit Court. The Circuit Clerk's Office retains documents some of which include criminal law, chancery, support, probate, adoption, ect....
    • Phone: 618-439-2011
    • Probate Records: 1837
    • Court Records: 1836
  • Franklin County Treasurer's Office is responsible for the statutory duties required as County Treasurer and as Ex-Officio County Collector of Real Estate Property Taxes and Drainage District Taxes for the entire county.

Franklin County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources associated to Franklin County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to provide your own preferred Franklin County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Franklin Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Franklin Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Franklin Co. IL Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Franklin Co. IL Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Franklin Co. IL Census Records

Franklin Co. IL Cemeteries & Graveyards

Franklin Co. IL Church & Bible Records

Franklin Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Franklin Co. IL General and History Websites

Franklin Co. IL Military Records

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