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Franklin County, Mississippi

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Franklin County

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 .

The Franklin County Seat can be found in Meadville additionally, the county government website is unknown

Regions neighboring Franklin County include Jefferson County (north), Lincoln County (east), Amite County (south), Wilkinson County (southwest) and Adams County (west).

Cities and towns found in Franklin County consist of Bude, Meadville, Roxie.

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.

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 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 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

Genealogist frequently forget about the benefits of Franklin County court, probate, and land files as a source of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Mississippi courthouses and archives everywhere are often the hopes and dreams and frustrations of the many Mississippi people.

The odds are very good that your ancestors have left a comprehensive document of at least some factors of their lives in the Franklin County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not mentioned in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other methods that could have lead to him or her showing up in court records.

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 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.

Franklin County Links

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. Feel free to submit your own most liked Franklin County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Franklin Co. MS Books, Newspapers & Publications

Franklin Co. MS Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Franklin Co. MS Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Franklin Co. MS Census Records

Franklin Co. MS Cemeteries & Graveyards

Franklin Co. MS Church & Bible 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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