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Franklin County, Ohio
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Franklin County, Ohio Facts

Franklin County

When was Franklin County, OH Created?
Franklin County was created on April 30, 1803 from Ross County. This county was named for Benjamin Franklin (1706-1791) -Founding Father, author, printer, satirist, political theorist, scientist, inventor and statesman.

What is the County Seat of Franklin County, OH?
The County Seat is located in Columbus also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Franklin County, OH?
Bordering Counties are Delaware County (north), Licking County (northeast), Fairfield County (southeast), Pickaway County (south), Madison County (west), Union County (northwest) .

Franklin County Townships Map

What cities and towns are in Franklin County, OH?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bexley, Columbus, Dublin, Gahanna, Grandview Heights, Grove City, Hilliard, Pickerington, Reynoldsburg, Upper Arlington, Westerville, Whitehall, Worthington, Brice, Canal Winchester, Groveport, Harrisburg, Lockbourne, Marble Cliff, Minerva Park, New Albany, Obetz, Riverlea, Urbancrest, Valleyview. Other communities include Amlin, Blacklick, Galloway, New Rome .

What townships are in Franklin County, OH?
Townships located in the County include Blendon, Brown, Clinton, Franklin, Hamilton, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Mifflin, Norwich, Perry, Plain, Pleasant, Prairie, Sharon, Truro, Washington.

Franklin County, OH Vital Records

Where can find Franklin County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Franklin County vital records can be found at the Ohio Department of Health which has Birth Records since Dec 20, 1908; Death Records since since 1954 and copies of Marriage and Divorce Records since 1918 to present There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Ohio 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 Ohio Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail. The Archives Division has copies of births before 1908, death before 1944 and marriage records before 1949.

The Franklin County Health Department has Birth & Death Records from 1908-Present. For birth and death records prior to Dec. 20, 1908, contact the Probate Court of this county.

Franklin County, OH Census Records

What Franklin County, OH 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 found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Franklin Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Franklin Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Ohio Census Records Research Guide

Franklin County, OH 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 Ohio Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Franklin County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 373 S. High St., Columbus 43215
    • Phone: (614) 462-3322
  • Franklin County Clerk of Probate Court handles the probating of wills, estate administrations, trusts, guardianships, adoptions, birth corrections, delayed birth registrations and issues marriage licenses. The Probate Court is that the Probate Judge is the ex-officio Clerk of Courts, thus, the Court performs all the duties as its own Clerk of Courts
    • Address: 373 S. High St., 22nd Fl., Columbus, Ohio 43215-6311
    • Phone: 614-525-3894
    • Marriage Records: 1803 
    • Probate Records: 1805
    • Birth / Death Records: 1851
  • Franklin County Recorder has the duty of keeping specific records which may include: deeds, mortgages, military discharges, plats, etc.
    • Address: 373 South High Street, 18th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215-6310
    • Phone: (614) 525-3930
    • Land Records: 1800
  • Franklin County Clerk of Court of Common Pleas is responsible for duties that include filing, docketing, indexing, and preserving all court pleadings for civil, felony criminal and domestic relations cases. Other services provided by the Clerk of Court of Common Pleas are administering oaths, keeping naturalization records, and recording and retention of coroner records.
    • Address: 345 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    • Phone: (614) 525-3453
    • Court Records: 1803
  •  Ohio, Wills and Probate Records, 1786-1998
  • BLM Land Records
  • Franklin County USGenWeb Archives Project

Franklin County, OH Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Franklin County, OH?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Franklin County.

Franklin Co. OH Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Franklin Co. OH Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Franklin Co. OH General and History Websites

Franklin Co. OH Immigration & Naturalization

Franklin Co. OH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Franklin Co. OH Military Records

  • Franklin Co., OH Schools & Directories
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