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Franklin County, Arkansas Facts

When was Franklin County, AR Created?
Franklin County was established on December 19,1837 and was formed from Crawford County and Johnson County.

What is the County Seat of Franklin County, AR?
The County has dual county seats with courthouses in Ozark (northern part) & Charleston (southern part) and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Franklin County, AR?
Bordering Counties are Madison CountyJohnson CountyLogan CountySebastian CountyCrawford County.

Franklin County, AR Vital Records

Where can find Franklin County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Franklin County vital records can be found at the Arkansas Deptartment of Health has Birth & Death records since February 1, 1914, Marriage Records since January 1917 and Divorce Records since January 1923. You may go to the Franklin County health department to obtain a Birth or Death certificates which can be issued while you wait. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Arkansas for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Franklin County BirthMarriageDivorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of Franklin Co. Birth CertificatesMarriage CertificatesDivorce CertificatesDeath Certificates  to mail.

Franklin County, AR Census Records

What Franklin County, AR 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 18401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)1900191019201930 and 1940.

Franklin Co. Slave Schedules can be acquired for 1850 & 1860. Franklin Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained 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 acquired for 1890. You’ll find free online and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Arkansas Census Records Research Guide

Franklin County, AR Courthouse and Government Records

Franklin County Courthouse in Charleston

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 Arkansas courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Arkansas 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 Arkansas Corthouse Records Research Guide.

All County Offices Records are located in the Courthouse at 211 West Commercial, Ozark 72949 or Charleston 72933; 479-667-4726, unless otherwise noted.

Franklin County Courthouse in Ozark
  • Franklin County Clerk of Circuit Court
    • Phone: (479) 667-3818
    • Court Records: 1852
    • Land Records: 1837
  • Franklin County Clerk 
    • Phone: (479) 667-3607
    • Marriage Records: 1850
    • Probate Records:1840
  • BLM Land Records

Franklin County, AR Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Franklin County, AR?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Franklin County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a cost. This is merely a list which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another.

Franklin Co. AR Books, Newspapers & Publications

Franklin Co. AR Cemeteries & Church Records

Franklin Co. AR Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Franklin Co. AR General and History Websites

Franklin Co. AR Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Franklin Co. AR Military Records