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Franklin County, Kentucky
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Franklin County, Kentucky Facts

When was Franklin County, KY Created?
Franklin County was created on December 7, 1794 from portions of Woodford County, Mercer County and Shelby County. Currently the county was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), signer of the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Founding Father .

What is the County Seat of Franklin County, KY?
The County Seat is located in Frankfort additionally, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Franklin County, KY?
Bordering Counties are Owen County (north), Scott County (east), Woodford County (southeast), Anderson County (south), Shelby County (west), Henry County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Franklin County, KY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bridgeport, Forks of Elkhorn, Frankfort, Jett, Switzer.

Franklin County, KY Vital Records

Where can find Franklin County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Franklin County vital records can be found at the Kentucky Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has copies for of birth & deathe certificates (1911 - present), marriage licenses & divorce decrees (since June 1958). There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Kentucky 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 you can download an application for Birth CertificateMarriage / Divorce Certificate or Death Certificates to mail.

The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives contains birth and death records for the cities of Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Newport, which introduced records laws before 1911. The Archives also offers birth and death records before to 1911 and 1911-1957 death records for the entire state.

Franklin County, KY Census Records

What Franklin County, KY 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 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Franklin Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Franklin Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Franklin Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Franklin Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. One can find free down loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Kentucky Census Records Research Guide

Franklin County, KY 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 Kentucky Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Franklin County, KY Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Franklin County, KY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Franklin County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is basically a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another.

Franklin Co. KY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Franklin Co. KY Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

Franklin Co. KY General and History Websites

Franklin Co. KY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Franklin Co. KY Military Records

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