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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Kentucky]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Franklin_County,_Kentucky|Franklin County]]''
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Guide to '''Franklin County Kentucky genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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''[[United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Kentucky]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Franklin_County,_Kentucky|Franklin County]]''
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== Franklin County Kentucky Courthouse ==
 
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== Quick Dates ==
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Franklin County's civil records start the following years:
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[http://www.franklincounty.ky.gov/ Franklin County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 338 219 St Clair Street<br>Frankfort, KY 40602-0338<br>Phone: 502.875.8702<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Franklin County, Kentucky page 270, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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'''Address'''
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Franklin County Courthouse<br>218 St. Clair St.<br>Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
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'''Mailing Address'''
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Franklin County Courthouse<br>P.O. Box 678<br>Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-0678
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'''Phone Number'''
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502-564-7013 or 502-564-8380
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== History  ==
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Phone''':''' 502-564-7013 or 502-564-8380
  
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== Franklin County Kentucky History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
 
'''1794--'''Franklin County was created 7 December 1794&nbsp;from [[Woodford County, Kentucky|Woodford]], [[Mercer County, Kentucky|Mercer]], and [[Shelby County, Kentucky|Shelby]] Counties.<br>'''County seat: '''Frankfort <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''1794--'''Franklin County was created 7 December 1794&nbsp;from [[Woodford County, Kentucky|Woodford]], [[Mercer County, Kentucky|Mercer]], and [[Shelby County, Kentucky|Shelby]] Counties.<br>'''County seat: '''Frankfort <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
==== Boundary Changes&nbsp; <ref name="Map Guide">William Thorndale and William Dollarhide. ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920.'' (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987).</ref> ====
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
'''1790--'''Franklin County was part of Jefferson, Woodford, and Mercer Counties.<br>'''1795--'''Franklin County was created.<br>'''1800--'''Franklin County included part of Anderson and Owen Counties. A section of Franklin County was included in Shelby County.<br>'''1810--'''Same as 1800.<br>'''1820--'''Franklin County included part of Anderson County. A small section of Franklin County was located in Henry County.<br>'''1830--'''The boundaries of Franklin County are permanently established.  
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'''1790--'''Franklin County was part of Jefferson, Woodford, and Mercer Counties.<br>'''1795--'''Franklin County was created.<br>'''1800--'''Franklin County included part of Anderson and Owen Counties. A section of Franklin County was included in Shelby County.<br>'''1810--'''Same as 1800.<br>'''1820--'''Franklin County included part of Anderson County. A small section of Franklin County was located in Henry County.<br>'''1830--'''The boundaries of Franklin County are permanently established.<ref name="Map Guide">William Thorndale and William Dollarhide. ''Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920.'' (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987).</ref>
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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== Franklin County Kentucky Places / Localities  ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
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*[[Woodford County, Kentucky|Woodford]]
 
*[[Woodford County, Kentucky|Woodford]]
  
== Resources  ==
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== Franklin County Kentucky Genealogy Resources  ==
  
==== African American Research ====
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[[Image:Kyfranklin.png|thumb|right|400px]]
  
*Bellardo, Lewis J. "Frankfort, Kentucky, Census of Free Blacks, 1842," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 63, No. 4 (Dec. 1975):272-275. {{FHL|39597|item|disp=FHL Book 973 B2ng v. 63}}
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==== African American Research  ====
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*Bellardo, Lewis J. "Frankfort, Kentucky, Census of Free Blacks, 1842," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly'', Vol. 63, No. 4 (Dec. 1975):272-275. Digital version at [http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/ NGS website] ($); {{FHL|39597|item|disp=FHL Book 973 B2ng v. 63}}  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyafamer/ the KY African American Griots Project] ~ The Kentucky African American Griots Project  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kyafamer/ the KY African American Griots Project] ~ The Kentucky African American Griots Project  
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/history/hangings.html Sandi Gorin's Tips] ~ Hangings in Kentucky 1792 - 1900  
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/history/hangings.html Sandi Gorin's Tips] ~ Hangings in Kentucky 1792 - 1900  
 
*&nbsp;[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records  
 
*&nbsp;[[African American Research]] (US) has more information about the kinds of records  
*&nbsp;[https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Kentucky_Minorities Kentucky Minorities] has information specific to Kentucky African Americans.&nbsp;
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*&nbsp;[[Kentucky Minorities|Kentucky Minorities]] has information specific to Kentucky African Americans.&nbsp;
  
 
==== Biographies  ====
 
==== Biographies  ====
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Individual Cemeteries:  
 
Individual Cemeteries:  
  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=159191 Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort] BillionGraves
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=159191 Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort] BillionGraves  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158634 Frankfort State Hospital Cemetery, Frankfort] BillionGraves
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158634 Frankfort State Hospital Cemetery, Frankfort] BillionGraves
  
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{{Census|Kentucky}}
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{{Census|Kentucky}}  
  
 
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/kentucky/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Kentucky&nbsp; Census Transcriptions 1850 - 1930  
 
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/kentucky/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Kentucky&nbsp; Census Transcriptions 1850 - 1930  
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{KY Church Intro}}
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*[http://www.churchangel.com/kentucky.htm Kentucky Christian Church Directory] ~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/kentucky.htm Kentucky Christian Church Directory] ~ ChurchAngel  
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==== Family Histories  ====
 
==== Family Histories  ====
  
*'''[Major]''' Harper, Lillie DuPuy VanCulin. ''Colonial Men and Times: Containing the Journal of Col. Daniel Trabue, Some Account of His Ancestry, Life and Travels in Virginia and the Present State of Kentucky During the Revolutionary Period; the Huguenots, Genealogy, with Brief Sketches of the Allied Families''. Philadelphia, Pa.: Innes &amp; Sons, 1916. Digital version at [http://www.archive.org/details/colonialmentimes00harp Internet Archive]; {{FHL|28224|item|disp=FHL Film 1421709 Item 2}}.<br>
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*'''[Brown]''' Buchanan, Paul C. and Susie M. Owens. "Henry Long and Some Descendants of Colonial Virginia," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 38, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1994):115-126; Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1994):190-200; Vol. 38, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1994):263-273; Vol. 39, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1995):27-31. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 38 (1994)-v. 39 (1995)}}.
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*'''[Catlett]''' Peters, Norman R. "Benjamin Robinson of Caroline County, VA. But Not the Clerk!" ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 48, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 2004):57-75; Vol. 48, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 2004):120-139. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/Search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($).
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*'''[Clarke]''' Buford, Marcus Bainbridge. ''A Genealogy of the Buford Family in America, With Records of a Number of Allied Families.'' San Francisco, Calif., 1903. Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/genealogyofbufor00bufo Internet Archive] - free.
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*'''[de Graffenried]''' de Graffenried, Thomas Pritchett. ''History of the de Graffenried Family from 1191 A.D. to 1925''. Binghampton, N.Y.: Vail-Ballou&nbsp;Press, 1925. Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/historyofdegraff00graf Internet Archive] - free; {{FHL|157333|item|disp=FHL Book 929.273 G758g}}.
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*'''[Head]''' Buchanan, Paul C. and Susie M. Owens. "Henry Long and Some Descendants of Colonial Virginia," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 38, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1994):115-126; Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1994):190-200; Vol. 38, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1994):263-273; Vol. 39, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1995):27-31. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 38 (1994)-v. 39 (1995)}}.
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*'''[Julian]''' Buford, Marcus Bainbridge. ''A Genealogy of the Buford Family in America, With Records of a Number of Allied Families.'' San Francisco, Calif., 1903. Digital version at [http://archive.org/details/genealogyofbufor00bufo Internet Archive] - free.
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*'''[Long]''' Buchanan, Paul C. and Susie M. Owens. "Henry Long and Some Descendants of Colonial Virginia," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 38, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1994):115-126; Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1994):190-200; Vol. 38, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1994):263-273; Vol. 39, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1995):27-31. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 38 (1994)-v. 39 (1995)}}.
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*'''[McAndre]''' Buchanan, Paul C. and Susie M. Owens. "Henry Long and Some Descendants of Colonial Virginia," ''The Virginia Genealogist,'' Vol. 38, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1994):115-126; Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1994):190-200; Vol. 38, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1994):263-273; Vol. 39, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1995):27-31. Digital version at [http://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=098&Da=285 American Ancestors] ($). {{FHL|33159|item|disp=FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 38 (1994)-v. 39 (1995)}}.
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*'''[Major]''' Harper, Lillie DuPuy VanCulin. ''Colonial Men and Times: Containing the Journal of Col. Daniel Trabue, Some Account of His Ancestry, Life and Travels in Virginia and the Present State of Kentucky During the Revolutionary Period; the Huguenots, Genealogy, with Brief Sketches of the Allied Families''. Philadelphia, Pa.: Innes &amp; Sons, 1916. Digital version at [http://www.archive.org/details/colonialmentimes00harp Internet Archive]; {{FHL|28224|item|disp=FHL Film 1421709 Item 2}}.<br>  
 
*'''[Patteson]''' Smith, Ethel Marion. ''An&nbsp;Informal History of Virginia-Kentucky Pattesons in&nbsp;Illinois, Their Forbears and Their Kin Including the Lewises of Llangollen''. Washington, 1948. Available at {{FHL|7186|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
 
*'''[Patteson]''' Smith, Ethel Marion. ''An&nbsp;Informal History of Virginia-Kentucky Pattesons in&nbsp;Illinois, Their Forbears and Their Kin Including the Lewises of Llangollen''. Washington, 1948. Available at {{FHL|7186|title-id|disp=FHL}}.
  
 
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*[http://www.sos.ky.gov/land/ The KY Land Office]
 
*[http://www.sos.ky.gov/land/ The KY Land Office]
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
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{{KY History}}
  
 
*[http://www.etsu.edu/cass/archives/ ~ The Archives of Appalachia]
 
*[http://www.etsu.edu/cass/archives/ ~ The Archives of Appalachia]
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*[http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/ukfilm.html Kentucky Newspapers on Microfilm]&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; Kentucky Newspapers Available On Microfilm  
 
*[http://www.kygenweb.net/counties/ukfilm.html Kentucky Newspapers on Microfilm]&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; Kentucky Newspapers Available On Microfilm  
 
*The [[Kentucky Historical Society|Kentucky Historical Society]], in Frankfort, Kentucky, has a great newspaper collection.
 
*The [[Kentucky Historical Society|Kentucky Historical Society]], in Frankfort, Kentucky, has a great newspaper collection.
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{{KY Newspaper abstracts|Appling}}
  
 
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==== Probate  ====
 
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*'''1785-1880''' - {{RecordSearch|1875188|Will Books 1 to 3 (1785-1880)|access=browse}} have been digitized by FamilySearch - free.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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*'''1801''' - 1801 Tax List of {{PAGENAME}} is included in Clift's ''Second Census of Kentucky 1800,''<ref>G. Glenn Clift, ''Second Census of Kentucky 1800: A Privately Compiled and Published Enumeration of Tax Payers Appearing in the 79 Manuscript Volumes Extant of Tax Lists of the 42 Counties of Kentucky in Existence in 1800'' (1954; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2005).</ref> digitized by [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3720 Ancestry] ($).
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
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===== Birth  =====
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*'''1852-1861''' - Franklin County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch {{IGI|C517341}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f1/Igikentuckyaf.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1874''' - Franklin County Birth Index 1874. Batch {{IGI|C517342}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1875''' - Franklin County Birth Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|C517343}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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===== Marriage  =====
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*'''1852-1861''' - Franklin County Marriage Index 1852-1861. Batch {{IGI|M517341}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1875''' - Franklin County Marriage Index 1875. Batch {{IGI|M517344}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1876-1878''' - Franklin County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch {{IGI|M517345}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*[http://kyvitals.com The Kentucky Vital Records Project] Transcriptions of and Images of KY Death Certificates - A Work in Progress ~ The KY Vital Records Project  
 
*[http://kyvitals.com The Kentucky Vital Records Project] Transcriptions of and Images of KY Death Certificates - A Work in Progress ~ The KY Vital Records Project  
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*[http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi The Social Security Death Index] The Social Security Death Index - Searchable
 
*[http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/ssdi.cgi The Social Security Death Index] The Social Security Death Index - Searchable
  
:Births begin in 1852<br>
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:Births begin in 1852<br>  
:Marriages begin in 1795<br>
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:Marriages begin in 1795<br>  
 
:Deaths begin in 1852<br>
 
:Deaths begin in 1852<br>
  
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To order&nbsp;vital records from Franklin County, you may&nbsp;order online at:&nbsp;  
 
To order&nbsp;vital records from Franklin County, you may&nbsp;order online at:&nbsp;  
  
[http://www.vitalrec.com/kycounties2.html#Franklin Franklin County Vital Records]  
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[http://www.vitalrec.com/kycounties2.html#Franklin Franklin County Vital Records]
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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== Franklin County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries  ==
  
 
Paul Sawyier Library (Frankfort): [http://www.pspl.org/ http://www.pspl.org/]  
 
Paul Sawyier Library (Frankfort): [http://www.pspl.org/ http://www.pspl.org/]  
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*Peaks Mill
 
*Peaks Mill
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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==== Family History Centers<br> ====
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Franklin County Kentucky Genealogy Websites ==
  
 
*Franklin County, Kentucky:&nbsp; [http://courts.ky.gov/counties/Franklin/ http://courts.ky.gov/counties/Franklin/]  
 
*Franklin County, Kentucky:&nbsp; [http://courts.ky.gov/counties/Franklin/ http://courts.ky.gov/counties/Franklin/]  
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KY/Franklin/ Franklin County, Kentucky Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/KY/Franklin/ Franklin County, Kentucky Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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== Franklin County Kentucky Genealogy References  ==
  
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Guide to Franklin County Kentucky genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Franklin County Kentucky Courthouse

Birth* Marriage Death* Census Deeds Wills
1852 1795 1852 1810 1795 1795
*Many years between 1852 and 1911 are missing

Franklin County Courthouse
PO Box 338 219 St Clair Street
Frankfort, KY 40602-0338
Phone: 502.875.8702[1]

Phone: 502-564-7013 or 502-564-8380

Franklin County Kentucky History

Parent County

1794--Franklin County was created 7 December 1794 from Woodford, Mercer, and Shelby Counties.
County seat: Frankfort [2]

Boundary Changes

1790--Franklin County was part of Jefferson, Woodford, and Mercer Counties.
1795--Franklin County was created.
1800--Franklin County included part of Anderson and Owen Counties. A section of Franklin County was included in Shelby County.
1810--Same as 1800.
1820--Franklin County included part of Anderson County. A small section of Franklin County was located in Henry County.
1830--The boundaries of Franklin County are permanently established.[3]

Record Loss

Franklin County Kentucky Places / Localities

Populated Places

Benson Forks of Elkhorn Hodge (hist.) Peaks Mill
Big Eddy Fox Gap (hist.) Honeysuckle (hist.) Polsgrove
Bon Air Hills Flag Fork Indian Hills Roberts (hist.)
Bridgeport Frankfort Jett Shadrick Ferry (hist.)
Bryant Gibbs Road (hist.) Kennebec Slickway
Elmville Glore (hist.) Knights (hist.) Swallowfield
Elsinore Gregory (hist.) Lucas Lane (hist.) Woodlake
Evergreen Harp (hist.) Mount Zion (hist.)
Farmdale Harvieland Ottusville

Neighboring Counties

Franklin County Kentucky Genealogy Resources

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African American Research

Biographies

Cemeteries

Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation.

Individual Cemeteries:

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18005,078
18108,01357.8%
182011,02437.6%
18309,254−16.1%
18409,4201.8%
185012,46232.3%
186012,6941.9%
187015,30020.5%
188018,69922.2%
189021,26713.7%
190020,852−2.0%
191021,1351.4%
192019,357−8.4%
193021,0648.8%
194023,30810.7%
195025,93311.3%
196029,42113.5%
197034,48117.2%
198041,83021.3%
199043,7814.7%
200047,6878.9%
Est. 200748,1831.0%
http://ukcc.uky.edu/~census/21073.txt

For tips on accessing Franklin County, Kentucky census records online, see: Kentucky Census.

Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Kentucky denominations, view the Kentucky Church Records wiki page.


  • A good resource for information concerning people living in the Forks of the Elkhorn area is:
  • Darnell, Ermina Jett. Forks of Elkhorn Church. Louisville, Kentucky : Standard Printing Co., 1946.

Court

Family Histories

  • [Brown] Buchanan, Paul C. and Susie M. Owens. "Henry Long and Some Descendants of Colonial Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1994):115-126; Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1994):190-200; Vol. 38, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1994):263-273; Vol. 39, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1995):27-31. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 38 (1994)-v. 39 (1995).
  • [Catlett] Peters, Norman R. "Benjamin Robinson of Caroline County, VA. But Not the Clerk!" The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 48, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 2004):57-75; Vol. 48, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 2004):120-139. Digital version at American Ancestors ($).
  • [Clarke] Buford, Marcus Bainbridge. A Genealogy of the Buford Family in America, With Records of a Number of Allied Families. San Francisco, Calif., 1903. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
  • [de Graffenried] de Graffenried, Thomas Pritchett. History of the de Graffenried Family from 1191 A.D. to 1925. Binghampton, N.Y.: Vail-Ballou Press, 1925. Digital version at Internet Archive - free; FHL Book 929.273 G758g.
  • [Head] Buchanan, Paul C. and Susie M. Owens. "Henry Long and Some Descendants of Colonial Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1994):115-126; Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1994):190-200; Vol. 38, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1994):263-273; Vol. 39, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1995):27-31. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 38 (1994)-v. 39 (1995).
  • [Julian] Buford, Marcus Bainbridge. A Genealogy of the Buford Family in America, With Records of a Number of Allied Families. San Francisco, Calif., 1903. Digital version at Internet Archive - free.
  • [Long] Buchanan, Paul C. and Susie M. Owens. "Henry Long and Some Descendants of Colonial Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1994):115-126; Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1994):190-200; Vol. 38, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1994):263-273; Vol. 39, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1995):27-31. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 38 (1994)-v. 39 (1995).
  • [McAndre] Buchanan, Paul C. and Susie M. Owens. "Henry Long and Some Descendants of Colonial Virginia," The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 38, No. 2 (Apr.-Jun. 1994):115-126; Vol. 38, No. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1994):190-200; Vol. 38, No. 4 (Oct.-Dec. 1994):263-273; Vol. 39, No. 1 (Jan.-Mar. 1995):27-31. Digital version at American Ancestors ($). FHL Book 975.5 B2vg v. 38 (1994)-v. 39 (1995).
  • [Major] Harper, Lillie DuPuy VanCulin. Colonial Men and Times: Containing the Journal of Col. Daniel Trabue, Some Account of His Ancestry, Life and Travels in Virginia and the Present State of Kentucky During the Revolutionary Period; the Huguenots, Genealogy, with Brief Sketches of the Allied Families. Philadelphia, Pa.: Innes & Sons, 1916. Digital version at Internet Archive; FHL Film 1421709 Item 2.
  • [Patteson] Smith, Ethel Marion. An Informal History of Virginia-Kentucky Pattesons in Illinois, Their Forbears and Their Kin Including the Lewises of Llangollen. Washington, 1948. Available at FHL.

Land

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Kentucky Land and Property for additional information about early Kentucky land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Franklin County, Kentucky. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Kentucky Local Histories.

Maps

Military

Miscellaneous

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Franklin County, Kentucky newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Probate

Probate records are held by the Franklin County, Kentucky Clerk of Court and are housed at the Franklin County, Kentucky Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Kentucky, Probate Records, 1792-1977. See the wiki page Kentucky Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, and adoptions.

Taxation

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more background information and state-wide resources see the wiki page Kentucky Taxation.

  • 1801 - 1801 Tax List of Franklin County, Kentucky is included in Clift's Second Census of Kentucky 1800,[4] digitized by Ancestry ($).

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Kentucky enacted a statute in 1852-1862 requiring registration of births and deaths,many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1874-1879, and 1892-1910 but, again, was not always followed. By 1911, the law was more clearly defined and kept by 1920. Any existing births 1852-1960 and death records 1852-1953 can be accessed online. See How to Find Kentucky Birth Records and How to Find Kentucky Death Records for links to indexes and images.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Franklin County, Kentucky Clerk, with divorce records 1849-1958 located with the Franklin County, Kentucky Circuit Court. For more information see How to Find Kentucky Marriage Records. For Kentucky divorce records see the wiki page Kentucky Vital Records.

Birth
  • 1852-1861 - Franklin County Birth Index 1852-1861. Batch C517341 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1874 - Franklin County Birth Index 1874. Batch C517342 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1875 - Franklin County Birth Index 1875. Batch C517343 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
Marriage
  • 1852-1861 - Franklin County Marriage Index 1852-1861. Batch M517341 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1875 - Franklin County Marriage Index 1875. Batch M517344 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1876-1878 - Franklin County Marriage Index 1876-1878. Batch M517345 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
Death
Unsorted
Births begin in 1852
Marriages begin in 1795
Deaths begin in 1852

The Family History Library has copies of the vital records starting with above dates.

To order vital records from Franklin County, you may order online at: 

Franklin County Vital Records

Franklin County Kentucky Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Paul Sawyier Library (Frankfort): http://www.pspl.org/

Kentucky Historical Society (Frankfort): http://history.ky.gov/

Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (Frankfort): http://www.kdla.ky.gov/

  • Bald Knob
  • Bridgeport
  • Forks of the Elkhorn
  • Frankfort City
  • Peaks Mill

Family History Centers

Franklin County Kentucky Genealogy Websites

Franklin County Kentucky Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Franklin County, Kentucky page 270, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide. Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920. (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987).
  4. G. Glenn Clift, Second Census of Kentucky 1800: A Privately Compiled and Published Enumeration of Tax Payers Appearing in the 79 Manuscript Volumes Extant of Tax Lists of the 42 Counties of Kentucky in Existence in 1800 (1954; reprint, Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2005).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f1/Igikentuckyaf.pdf.