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Franklin County, Mississippi Facts

Franklin County

When was Franklin County, MS Created?
Franklin County was established on December 21, 1809 from Adams County. Currently the county was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin, writer, orator, publisher, and U.S. founding father .

What is the County Seat of Franklin County, MS?
The County Seat is located in Meadville additionally, the county government website is unknown

What counties are adjacent to Franklin County, MS?
Bordering Counties are Jefferson County, Lincoln County, Amite County, Wilkinson County and Adams County.

What cities and towns are in Franklin County, MS?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bude, Meadville, Roxie.

Franklin County, MS Vital Records

Where can find Franklin County, MS Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Franklin County vital records can be found at the Mississippi Department of Health which has copies of birth and death records after 1912, Marriage and a Divorce records since 1926. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Mississippi for current fees and application process.

Certified marriages may also be obtained from the Circuit Clerk Court. Certified divorce decrees may also be obtained from the Chancery Clerk Court.

Franklin County Health Department has birth and death records from November 1, 1912. You may go to any county health department in the State of Mississippi to obtain a certificates can be issued while you wait.

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 Mississippi Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDeath Certificate Application to mail.

Franklin County, MS Census Records

What Franklin County, MS census records are available?
Franklin County census records consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in finding out about your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Franklin Co. Slave Schedules is available for 1850 & 1860. Franklin Co. Mortality Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Franklin Co. Industry and Agriculture is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Franklin Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. You will discover free down loadable and printable census forms to aid with your research.

Franklin County, MS Courthouse and Government Records

Franklin County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Franklin County Courthouse?
The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Franklin county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for each county. The County Courthouse burned in 1877, some records were destroyed.

  • Franklin County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 36 Main St, Meadville, MS 39653
  • Franklin County Chancery Court Clerk record all documents (warranty deeds, deed of trusts, military discharges, etc) to be in Public Land Records and create and maintain indexes for the documents filed in the land records, such as sectional indexes, direct/reverse indexes, etc. Maintain the Court dockets and file all records of the Court. Record and preserve court minute books. Submit divorce and other statistics to the Mississippi Department of Vital Records
    • Phone: 601-384-2330
    • Land Records: 1842
    • Probate Records: 1842
    • Divorce Records: see Clerk
  • Franklin County Clerk of Circuit Court include Receiving and fileing all law suits, indictments, motions and other related papers in all Civil and Criminal Cases filed in the Circuit or County Courts. Keeps a record of all Judgments and Executions, Issues marriage licenses and keeps records of marriages.
    • Phone: 601-384-2320
    • Marriage Records: 1825
    • Court Records: 1836
  • Franklin County Tax Assessor / Collector maintain original tax records, both real and personal.

Franklin County, MS Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Franklin County, MS?
A list of Franklin County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives.

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Franklin County, MS?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Franklin County. Many of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a fee. This is basically a list that has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

Franklin Co. MS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Franklin Co. MS Cemetery & Church Records

Franklin Co. MS Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Franklin Co. MS General and History Websites

Franklin Co. MS Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Franklin Co. MS Military Records

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