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Franklin County, Illinois Facts

Franklin County

When was Franklin County, IL Created?
Franklin County was established 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.

What is the County Seat of Franklin County, IL?
The 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/ .

What counties are adjacent to Franklin County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Jefferson County (north), Hamilton County (east), Saline County (southeast), Williamson County (south), Jackson County (southwest), Perry County (west)

What cities and towns are in Franklin County, IL?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Benton, Christopher, Orient, Sesser, West Frankfort, Zeigler, Buckner, Ewing, Freeman Spur, Hanaford, Macedonia, Mulkeytown, North City, Royalton, Thompsonville, Valier, West City.

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


Franklin County, IL Vital Records

Where can find Franklin County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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, IL Census Records

What Franklin County, IL 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 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. See Also Illinois Census Records Research Guide


Franklin County, IL Courthouse and Government Records


Franklin County Courthouse

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 Illinois Corthouse Records Research Guide

  • 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.
  • The county archives of the state of Illinois
  • Local Government Records Database - provides a listing of the local governmental records held by the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) system
  • BLM Land Records

Franklin County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Franklin County, IL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining 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.

Franklin Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Franklin Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Franklin Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Franklin Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Franklin Co. IL General and History Websites

Franklin Co. IL Military Records

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