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Franklin County, Alabama Facts

When was Franklin County, AL Created?
Franklin County was created on Feb. 6, 1818 out of the Cherokee Cession of 1816.

What is the County Seat of Franklin County, AL?
The county seat was originally located at Russellville, named after William Russell, an early settler and chief scout for Gen. Andrew Jackson during the Creek Indian War of 1813-14. In 1849, the county seat was transferred to Frankfort, where it remained until 1879 when it was moved to Belgreen. A courthouse fire in 1890 probably accounted for the relocation of the county seat to Russellville in 1891. In addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Franklin County, AL?
Bordering Counties are Colbert CountyLawrence CountyWinston CountyMarion CountyItawamba County, Mississippi, Tishomingo County, Mississippi

Franklin County, AL Vital Records

Where can find Franklin County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Franklin County vital records can be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health which has Birth And Death Records from 1908, Marriages from 1936 and Divorce Records from 1950. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Alabama 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 Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Certificates to mail.

Vital Records can also be found in the Franklin County Health Department has Birth Records from 1916 , Death records from 1892 .

Franklin County, AL Census Records

What Franklin County, AL 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 1820183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

Franklin Co. Slave Schedules can be obtained for 1850 & 1860. Franklin Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Franklin Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Franklin Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890.

There are Alabama State censuses from 1820-1866. Also two Alabama Census of Confederate Soldiers for 1907 and 1921. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Alabama Census Records Research Guide

Franklin County, AL Courthouse and Government Records

Franklin County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Franklin County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Franklin County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Alabama courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Alabama residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Franklin County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Alabama Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Franklin County, AL Societies and Family History Resources

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

  • ALFRANKL. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Franklin County, Alabama. To subscribe send “subscribe” to [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (digest mode).
  • AL-NW-FRANKLIN. A mailing list for the discussion and sharing of information regarding Family Groups in NorthWestern Franklin County, Alabama, centered around the communities of Belgreen and Pleasant Site. The common family groups include Bolton, Bonds, Jones, Massey, Carpenter, McKinney, Strickland, Thorn, Horton, McAfee, McMurray, Chamblee, Gray, Petree, Hester, Ezzell, Malone and many related families. To subscribe send “subscribe” to [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (digest mode).
  • Alabama Genealogical Society, c/o Samford University Library, AGS Depository and Headquarters, 800 Lakeshore Drive, P.O. Box 2296, Birmingham, AL 35229-0001
  • Alabama Department of Archives & History, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100; Phone: (334) 242-4435

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

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

Franklin Co. AL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Franklin Co. AL Cemeteries & Church Records

Franklin Co. AL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Franklin Co. AL General and History Websites

Franklin Co. AL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Franklin Co. AL Military Records