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Franklin County, Virginia Facts

When was Franklin County, VA Created?
Franklin County was established on November 29, 1785 from Bedford County and Henry County . This county was named for Benjamin Franklin, publisher, orator, scholar, and U.S. Founding Father .

What is the County Seat of Franklin County, VA?
The County Seat is located in Rocky Mount also, the county government website is www.franklincountyva.org/ .

What counties are adjacent to Franklin County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Bedford County (northeast), Pittsylvania County (southeast), Henry County (south), Patrick County (southwest), Floyd County (west), Roanoke County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Franklin County, VA?
Cities and towns located in Franklin County include Boones Mill, Ferrum, North Shore, Penhook, Rocky Mount, Union Hall, and Westlake Corner.


Franklin County, VA Vital Records

Where can find Franklin County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Franklin County vital records can be found at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has Birth and Death Records since June 14, 1912 and copies of Marriage and Divorce Records since 1918 to present. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Virginia for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Franklin County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Franklin Co. Virginia Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

The Archives Division has copies of surviving birth and death records for the period 1853 to 1896 and marriage records prior to 1936. Another resource is the Franklin County Health Department, 365 Pell Ave., P.O. Box 249, Rocky Mount, VA 24151; 540-484-0292


Franklin County, VA Census Records

What Franklin County, VA 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 1790 (destroyed), 1800 (destroyed), 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. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Virginia Census Records Research Guide


Franklin County, VA 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 Virginia Corthouse Records Research Guide

Franklin County's first court was held 1786 in a log courthouse. The log courthouse was replaced in 1831. In 1836 the town consisted of 30 home and a number of business houses. The town was incorporated in 1873 and the present courthouse was built in 1908.


Franklin County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Franklin County, VA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Franklin County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a fee. This is just a listing which has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

Franklin Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Franklin Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Franklin Co. VA General and History Websites

Franklin Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Franklin Co. VA Military Records

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