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Franklin County, New York
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Franklin County, New York Facts

Franklin County

When was Franklin County, NY Created?
Franklin County was created on March 11, 1808 from Clinton County. This particular county was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), the early American printer, scientist, and statesman .

What is the County Seat of Franklin County, NY?
The County Seat is located in Malone and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Franklin County, NY?
Bordering Counties are Clinton County (east), Essex County (southeast), Hamilton County (southwest), St. Lawrence County (west).

What cities and towns are in Franklin County, NY?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bangor (town), Bellmont (town), Bombay (town), Brandon (town), Brighton (town), Brushton (village), Burke (town), Burke (village), Chateaugay (town), Chateaugay (village), Constable (town), Dickinson (town), Duane (town), Fort Covington (town), Franklin (town), Harrietstown (town), Malone (town), Malone (village), Moira (town), Santa Clara (town), Saranac Lake (village), Tupper Lake (village), Tupper Lake (town), Waverly (town), Westville (town) .

Franklin County, NY Vital Records

Where can find Franklin County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Franklin County vital records can be found at the New York Department of Health which has copies of birth records after 1881 and death records after 1880, copies of marriage since 1881 (A marriage license may also sometimes be found in the office of the town or city clerk who issued the license) and a Divorce records since 1847 (Is handled in the supreme court for the county in which the divorce was heard. Divorce files, however, are sealed for one hundred years). There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in New York 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 New York Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage and Divorce Certificate Application to mail.

Franklin County, NY Census Records

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

Franklin Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained 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 obtained for 1890.

There are New York State censuses from 1880, 1892, 1905, 1855, 1865, 1875, 1892, 1905, 1915, 1925. You can get free downloadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also New York Census Records Research Guide

Franklin County, NY 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 New York Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Franklin County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 355 West Main Street, Malone, NY 12953
    • Also contact local Town Clerks. They are responsible for vast amounts of local information from deeds, property transfers, and genealogical materials. Research on place and road names, the history of property transfers and much more are available through your Town Clerk. They are a tremendous resources.
  • Franklin County Clerk  is the keeper of most civil and criminal trial court records for Supreme Court and County Court, naturalizations, marriages (1908–35), censuses (Some county clerks' offices hold duplicate copies of some of the State censuses taken periodically between 1825 and 1925 and copies of the federal census), as well as deeds and mortgages.
    • Phone: 518-481-1681
    • Land Records: 1808 (Land conveyances, deeds and mortgages are recorded in the county clerks' offices or in the New York City Register's Office. Recording of deeds became mandatory statewide in 1840. Before that many deeds were not recorded)
    • Court Records: 1808
    • Naturalization Records: State court naturalization records remain in custody of the county clerks. Older court naturalization records have been transferred to the National Archives--Northeast Region.
  • Franklin County Surrogate Court Clerk maintain records of wills, letters testamentary, letters of administration, orders and decrees, and appointments of guardians; and filed papers, including original wills, petitions for probate (gives date of death and lists next of kin), performance bonds, property inventories (seldom found after ca. 1900), administrator's or executor's accountings, etc. Surrogate's Courts create comprehensive indexes to records and files.
    • Phone: 518-481-1736
    • Probate Records: 1809 (each county generally has records dating back to the establishment of the county or 1787, whichever was later. Record keeping was systematized by an 1830 statute)
  • Franklin County Treasurer is responsible for the collection of taxes.
  • Franklin County Historian maintains archival holdings for virtually every facet of the county’s history. In New York State, every municipality (town, city, village, county) must have an appointed historian. Most of the towns have their own historians as well and each can be contacted. The County Historian may provide access to obituaries, vital records, church records, maps, and family files or journals. Some historians provide search services for their office records and others may refer you to local genealogists who research in the area.
    • Address: 51 Milwaukee Street, PO Box 388, Malone, NY 12953
    • Phone: 518-483-2750
  • New York Wills, 1626-1836
  • BLM Land Records

Franklin County, NY Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • Franklin County Historical and Museum Society, 51 Milwaukee Street, P.O. Box 388, Malone, New York 12953, Phone: 518-483-2750; Collection includes: Cemetery information, census records, town directories and phone books, family folders with individual genealogies, obituaries, pre-1900 newspapers, school yearbooks, town and county histories, early assessment rolls, and vital records.
  • The Adirondack Genealogical – Historical Society, 100 Main St., Saranac Lake, NY, 12983 Phone: 518-891-0807; they have an obituary database extracted from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and will search for you by phone. They also have some church records, census records on Franklin and surrounding counties, local directories, and cemetery information up to 2000.
  • Central New York Genealogical Society, Box 104, Calvin Station , Syracuse, New York 13205
  • Akwesasne Library and Cultural Center, 321 St. Rt. 37, Hogansburg, NY 13655, Fax: 518-358-2649, Phone: 518-358-2240; Has a large Native American collection which contains information on native people throughout the United States and Canada, has local history books and newspapers and a large collection of photographs.
  • Chateaugay Memorial Library, 4 John Street, P.O. Box 10, Chateaugay, NY 12920, Phone: 518-497-0400; Has the records of Chateaugay from 1881–1995 on microfilm, scrapbooks, pamphlets, clippings, archival records, pictures, and cemetery records.
  • Chateaugay Historical Society, 191 East Main Street, P.O. Box 123, Chateaugay, NY 12920, Phone: 518-497-6685; Has local church vitals, cemetery listings, family genealogies, historical photographs and documents relating to town history.
  • Saranac Lake Free Library, 109 Main Street, Saranac Lake, NY 12983, Phone: 518-891-4190; Has federal data for Essex, Franklin, Clinton, and St. Lawrence counties fro 1850-1920. Also has state census data for 1855-1925. The Adirondack Research Center is found in the basement of the library. It houses many Adirondack historical materials, including books of cemetery inscriptions for southern Franklin County. One microfilm reader is available. Some church records and an obituary index for the Tri-Lakes area.
  • New York State Archives and Records Administration, 11th Floor, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230; (518) 474-8955
  • New York State Library, Cultural Education Center, 7th Floor, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12230
  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 122 East 58th Street, New York, New York 10022-1939
  • New York State Historical Association, West Lake Road, P.O. Box 800, Cooperstown, New York, 13326-0800

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Franklin County, NY?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Franklin County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is simply a listing that has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Franklin Co. NY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Franklin Co. NY Cemeteries & Church Records

Franklin Co. NY Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Franklin Co. NY General and History Websites

Franklin Co. NY Immigration & Naturalization

Franklin Co. NY Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Franklin Co. NY Military Records

Franklin Co. NY Schools & Directories

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