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Franklin County, Illinois
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Franklin County, Illinois Facts

Franklin County

When was Franklin County, IL Created?
Franklin County was established on January 2, 1818.

What is the County Seat of Franklin County, IL?
The County Seat is located in Benton (prior county seats was Shawneetown–Kaskaskia Road, at Moses Garrett’s tavern from 1818–1821 , Frankfort from 1821–1841) also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to Franklin County, IL?
Bordering Counties are  Jefferson County, Hamilton County, Saline County, Williamson County, Jackson County, Perry County

Franklin County, IL Vital Records

Where can find Franklin County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Franklin County vital records can be found at the Illinois Department of Public Health has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Illinois 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 Illinois Birth CertificateMarriage CertificateDivorce CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Franklin County, IL Census Records

What Franklin County, IL 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 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 Illinois Census Records Research Guide

Franklin County, IL 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 Illinois courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Illinois 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 Illinois Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Franklin County, IL Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Franklin County, IL?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Franklin County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Franklin Co. IL Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Franklin Co. IL Books, Newspapers & Publications

Franklin Co. IL Cemeteries & Church Records

Franklin Co. IL Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Franklin Co. IL General and History Websites

Franklin Co. IL Military Records

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