Franklin County, Ohio
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Franklin County, Ohio Facts
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 www.franklincountyohio.gov/fc/ .
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) .
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.
- County Vital Records Held at the OHS
- U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
- Social Security Death Index
- USGenweb Archives Ohio Marriage Project
- Ohio, County Births, 1856-1909
- Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1800-1962
- Ohio, Births and Christenings, 1821-1962
- Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958
- Ohio, County Marriages, 1790-1950
- Ohio Marriage Index, 1970, 1972-2007
- Ohio Marriages, 1803-1900
- Ohio Divorce Index, 1962-1963, 1967-1971, 1973-2007
- Ohio Death Certificate Index, 1913 – 1944
- Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953
- Ohio, Death Index, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007
- Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997
- Ohio Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-1944, and 1958-2007
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.
PLEASE READ FIRST!!! Please call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The files are available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many staff will guide individuals in locating the materials, however it's up to the person to carry out the research.
- 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.
- Franklin County Chapter, OGS, 3378 Park St, Suite D, Grove City, OH 43123-2630; Phone: (614) 871-2110; meets quarterly at various locations in Columbus. Contact society for dates and times. The Franklin County Genealogical Society specializes in genealogical records for Franklin County and has records on other Ohio counties and other states. The Society has published eleven books on local cemeteries including Camp Chase Cemetery, and has Plat Maps, an Inventory to Chancery, a name index to Ohio Supreme Court records, and Will Books A & B, C & D. Every name index to the 1870 Franklin County Census.
- Franklin County Historical Society; c/o COSI, 333 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215-2738; Phone: (614) 228-2674; The Franklin County Historical Society is presently doing business as COSI, Ohio's Center of Science and Industry. (See listing for COSI)
- African American Historical & Education Center at Columbus, PO Box 91132, Columbus, OH 43209-7132; Phone: (614) 258-4496; The African American Historical & Education Center focuses on the collection, research, dissemination, and exhibition of local African American history. Located in the David Jenkins Memorial Reading Room of the Blanche M. Van Hook Home, the Center maintains exhibits and a research library focused on Columbus African American history.
- Amalthea Historical Society, 4445 Central College Rd, Westerville, OH 43081-9318; Phone: (614) 891-6363; The Amalthea Historical Society preserves and promotes the history of the Central College Area. It maintains the Virginia Stone Milligan Memorial Library that serves as the Society's repository of the history and genealogy of the area having over 500 volumes dating from the late 1700s. The Library, housed in the 1864 chapel of the Central College Presbyterian Church, also maintains a quantity of archival manuscripts and photographs relating to the area's founders.
- American Historical Villages, 6502 Old Mill Run, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-1622; Phone: (740) 335-0002;
- Bexley Historical Society, 2242 E Main St, Bexley, OH 43209-2319; Phone: (614) 235-8694; The Bexley Historical Society is an educational association. It seeks to promote interest and pride in the historical development of the community and in the accomplishments of its citizenry. It endavors to research, assemble, preserve and publish a valuable storehouse of materials including artifacts, memorabilia, photographs, and genealogical records relevant to the heritage of the Bexly community.
- Columbus Historical Society, 51 Jefferson Ave, Columbus, OH 43215-3887; Phone: (614) 224-0822; The Columbus Historical Society seeks to promote education in Columbus history by offering members and any other interested persons information on the life, activities and structures of Columbus.
- Canal Winchester Area Historical Society
- Clintonville Historical Society
- Columbus Jewish Historical Society
- Dublin Historical Society
- Franklinton Historical Society
- Gahanna Historical Society
- German Village Society
- Grandview Heights Marble Cliff Historical Society
- Groveport Heritage & Preservation Society
- Hilltop Historical Society
- Livingston House Society
- Lockbourne Heritage Society
- New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society
- Northwest Franklin Co. Historical Society
- Obetz Historical Society
- Ohio Folklore Society
- Ohio Genealogy Center
- Ohio Historic Bridge Association
- Ohio Historic Preservation Office
- Ohio Historical Society
- Otterbein College Archives
- Reynoldsburg-Truro Historical Society
- Southwest Franklin County Historical Society
- Upper Arlington Historical Society
- Victorian Village Society
- Westerville Historical Society
- Whitehall Historical Society
- Worthington Historical Society
- Ohio Historical Society, Archives-Library Division, 1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211; Telephone: 614-297-2300
- Ohio Genealogical Society, 713 South Main Street, Mansfield OH 44907-1644
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
- See Also State History for Ohio
- Franklin County Ohio (genealogytrails.com)
- Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio History, Vol. 1 (search.ancestry.com)
- Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio History, Vol. 2 (search.ancestry.com)
- History of Franklin County, Ohio (search.ancestry.com)
- Columbus, Ohio : its history, resources, and progress : with numerous illustrations (search.ancestry.com)
- History of Madison Township, including Groveport and Canal Winchester, Franklin County, Ohio (search.ancestry.com)
- Franklin County, Ohio Wikipedia (wikipedia.org)
- Franklin County, Ohio Wiki (familysearch.org)
- Franklin Co. OH Genealogy (kindredtrails.com)
- Family History Library (familysearch.org)
- Franklin County History (usgwarchives.net)
- Franklin County, Ohio (linkpendium.com)
- Cyndi's List - United States - Ohio - Counties - Franklin (cyndislist.com)
- Franklin Co. OHGenweb (ohgenweb.org)
- Franklin County Genealogy Queries (cousinconnect.com)
- Franklin Co. Data Collections (search.ancestry.com)
Franklin Co. OH Immigration & Naturalization
Franklin Co. OH Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
Franklin Co. OH Military Records
Franklin Co., OH Schools & Directories