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Franklin County, New York

Franklin County

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 .

The Franklin County Seat can be found in Malone and in addition the county government website is

Regions neighboring Franklin County include Clinton County (east), Essex County (southeast), Hamilton County (southwest), St. Lawrence County (west).

Cities and Towns to be found in Franklin County consists of 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 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 does have Federal Census Schedules to help in looking into your family tree. United states federal Population Schedules are present 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. You can get free downloadable and also printable census forms that can help with your research.

Franklin County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Franklin County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

  • RAOGK Volunteers for New York (
  • New York Genealogy Community (
  • New York State Genealogy Network (
  • 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 Genealogy Research Community (
  • Franklin County, New York Message Boards ( read and post messages about your ancestors in Franklin County
  • Franklin County, New York Genealogy Forum ( read and post messages with other genealogy researchers for Franklin County
  • USGenWeb Archives for Franklin County (

Franklin County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers frequently overlook the significance of Franklin County court, probate, and land documents as a resource of family history and genealogy details. Buried away in New York courthouses and archives just about everywhere could be the aspirations and worries of the many New York men and women.

The possibilities are excellent that your particular ancestors and forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of factors of their lives in the Franklin County court records. Even if your forebears is not discussed in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.

The following specifics denotes whatever birth, death, marriage, land, probate, and legal records will be in Franklin County. The years pointed out listed below tend to be the first known records in this county.

Please make sure to contact the clerk's office to verify hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics prior to visiting or inquiring information because of occasionally changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are readily available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A good number of staff will help people in locating the resources, however it is up to the person to carry out the research.
  • 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

Franklin County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant 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. Feel free to suggest your own favorite Franklin County genealogy or family history related sites.

Franklin Co. NY Books, Newspapers & Publications

Franklin Co. NY Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Franklin Co. NY Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Franklin Co. NY Census Records

Franklin Co. NY Cemeteries & Graveyards

Franklin Co. NY Church & Bible 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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