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Franklin County, Pennsylvania
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Franklin County, Pennsylvania Facts

When was Franklin County, PA Created?
Franklin County was established on September 9, 1784 from Cumberland County.

What is the County Seat of Franklin County, PA?
The County Seat is located in Chambersburg and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Franklin County, PA?
Bordering Counties are Juniata CountyPerry CountyCumberland CountyAdams CountyFrederick County, Maryland, Washington County, Maryland, Fulton CountyHuntingdon County.

Franklin County, PA Vital Records

Where can find Franklin County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Franklin County vital records can be found at the Pennsylvania Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records since 1906 and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Pennsylvania for current fees and application process. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.

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 Pennsylvania  Birth CertificateDeath Certificate Applications to mail.

Franklin County, PA Census Records

What Franklin County, PA 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 1790-189019001910192019301940.

Franklin Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Franklin Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be acquired for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Franklin Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be found for 1890. You can find free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Pennsylvania Census Records Research Guide

Franklin County, PA 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 Pennsylvania Courthouse Records Research Guide.

Franklin County, PA Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Franklin County, PA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Franklin County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business oriented Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is basically a listing which has been compiled or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another.

Franklin Co. PA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Franklin Co. PA Books, Newspapers & Publications

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

Franklin Co. PA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Franklin Co. PA General and History Websites

Franklin Co. PA Immigration & Naturalization

Franklin Co. PA Military Records