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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alabama|Alabama]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[{{PAGENAME}}|Franklin County]]''  
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''[[United States|United States ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Alabama Genealogy|Alabama]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[{{PAGENAME}}|Franklin County]]''  
  
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Guide to '''Franklin County, Alabama ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Click|Image:AL_ORP.png|Alabama Online Genealogy Records}}
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Franklin County
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| state = Alabama
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| founded year = 1818
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| founded date = February 6
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| seat = Russellville
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| building image =
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| building address =  Franklin County Courthouse<br>410 North Jackson Ave.<br>Russellville, AL 35653, (256) 332-8861 [http://www.franklincountyal.org/ '''Franklin County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information ===
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==== Franklin County, Alabama Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#cccc99" align="center" colspan="6" | '''Dates for major county records'''
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 13-28. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
 
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Franklin County, Alabama#Birth|Birth]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Franklin County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''  
| width="16.6%" align="center" | <center>'''[[Franklin County, Alabama#Marriage|Marriage]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Franklin County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''  
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Franklin County, Alabama#Death|Death]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Franklin County, Alabama Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''  
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Franklin County, Alabama#Taxation|Tax]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Franklin County, Alabama Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''  
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Franklin County, Alabama#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Franklin County, Alabama Genealogy#Land_and_Property|'''Land''']]
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" | <center>'''[[Franklin County, Alabama#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Franklin County, Alabama Genealogy#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1908</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1916
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1890</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1916
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1890</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1890-1893
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1865</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1890</center>
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1818
| width="16.6%" valign="middle" style="height: 25px" | <center>1890</center>
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#99d6ff" colspan="6" | '''For earlier dates, try...[[Franklin County, Alabama#Church_Records|Church]] &#124; [[Franklin County, Alabama#Newspapers|Obituaries]] &#124; [[Franklin County, Alabama#Cemeteries|Cemeteries]] &#124; [[Franklin County, Alabama#Parent_County|Parent County]]'''
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=== County Courthouse  ===
 
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{{ALinfobox|Franklin|1818|February 6|Russellville}}
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== County Courthouse  ==
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[[Image:Franklin County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Franklin County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg]] [http://www.franklincountyal.org/ Franklin County Courthouse]<br>410 North Jackson Ave.<br>Russellville, AL 35653, (256) 332-8861  
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[[Image:Franklin County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|250px]] [http://www.franklincountyal.org/ Franklin County Courthouse]<br>410 North Jackson Ave.<br>Russellville, AL 35653, (256) 332-8861  
  
 
Records burned 1890<br>Probate Judge has marriage, probate and land records from 1890<br>Clerk Circuit Court has court records from 1923 and divorce records<ref name="HBG">Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Franklin County p. 37. ; .</ref>  
 
Records burned 1890<br>Probate Judge has marriage, probate and land records from 1890<br>Clerk Circuit Court has court records from 1923 and divorce records<ref name="HBG">Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Franklin County p. 37. ; .</ref>  
  
== History  ==
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=== History  ===
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Alabama county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/alabama/ "Rotating Formation Alabama County Boundary Maps"] (1799-1980) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
'''1890''' -- Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.
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==== Record Loss  ====
  
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the following:  
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{{Fire}}Franklin County had a destructive courthouse fire in 1890. See ''Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide&nbsp;'' page 27 for suggested alternative sources to overcome this loss.<ref>Marilyn Davis Barefield, ''Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide'' (Birmingham, Alabama : Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 27. {{WorldCat|42306439|item|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|817729|item|disp=FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998}}.</ref><br><br>
  
[[Burned Counties Research]]
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{{Fire+}}
  
http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424
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=== Places/Localities  ===
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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[[Image:Alfranklin.jpg|200px|right|Alfranklin.jpg]]
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Colbert County, Alabama|Colbert]]  
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*[[Colbert County, Alabama Genealogy|Colbert]]  
*[[Itawamba County, Mississippi|Itawamba County, Mississippi]]  
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*[[Itawamba County, Mississippi Genealogy|Itawamba County, Mississippi]]  
*[[Lawrence County, Alabama|Lawrence]]  
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*[[Lawrence County, Alabama Genealogy|Lawrence]]  
*[[Marion County, Alabama|Marion]]  
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*[[Marion County, Alabama Genealogy|Marion]]  
*[[Tishomingo County, Mississippi|Tishomingo County, Mississippi]]  
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*[[Tishomingo County, Mississippi Genealogy|Tishomingo County, Mississippi]]  
*[[Winston County, Alabama|Winston]]
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*[[Winston County, Alabama Genealogy|Winston]]
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== Biography  ====
 
==== Biography  ====
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=7175 Shady Grove Cemetery, Phil Campbell] BillionGraves
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=7175 Shady Grove Cemetery, Phil Campbell] BillionGraves
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=3&GScnty=55&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|628256|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=3&CScnty=55 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.algw.org/franklin/cemeteries.htm ALGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Franklin+Alabama&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Alabama&county=Franklin&cemetery_name=a Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/franklin/cemetery.htm ALGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/alabama/al-franklin.htm Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Alabama Cemeteries|Alabama Cemeteries]] for more information.
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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|2000 | 31223
 
|2000 | 31223
 
|2010 | 31704
 
|2010 | 31704
}} {{Census|Alabama}}  
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}} {{Census|Alabama}}
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'''State Census'''
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*'''1866''' - {{RecordSearch|1915987|Alabama State Census, 1866}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Church Records  ====
 
==== Church Records  ====
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{{AL Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court Records  ====
 
==== Court Records  ====
  
 
==== Land and Property  ====
 
==== Land and Property  ====
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{{AL Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{AL History Intro}}
  
 
*''Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical.'' Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at {{FSbook|185722}}. {{PAGENAME}} begins on page 102.
 
*''Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical.'' Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at {{FSbook|185722}}. {{PAGENAME}} begins on page 102.
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/alabama/ Maps of Alabama (1799-1980)]
  
 
==== &nbsp;Military  ====
 
==== &nbsp;Military  ====
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:- [[35th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|35th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company B and K
 
:- [[35th Regiment, Alabama Infantry|35th Regiment, Alabama Infantry]], Company B and K
  
<br> <br>{{Alabama Conf}}  
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932389|Alabama Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932139|Alabama Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2322 U.S., Confederate Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancesstry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
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*'''1861-1865''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2344 U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index (free)
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{AL Newspaper abstracts|Franklin}}
  
 
==== Periodicals  ====
 
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==== Probate Records  ====
 
==== Probate Records  ====
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{{AL Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1753 – 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8799 Alabama Wills and Probate Records 1753-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1809 – 1985''' {{RecordSearch|1925446|Alabama Probate Records, 1809-1985}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{AL Tax Intro}}
  
 
:*'''1865-1866''' - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1264 Ancestry] ($). Franklin County is in District 3.
 
:*'''1865-1866''' - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1264 Ancestry] ($). Franklin County is in District 3.
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{AL Vital Intro}} See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/al-vital-records/ How to order Alabama Vital Records]
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===== Birth  =====
 
===== Birth  =====
  
:*'''1881-1930''' - {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama, Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free
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:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alfrankl/births.html Births] atALGenWeb - free
  
:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alfrankl/births.html Births] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free
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:*'''1881 – 1930''' {{RecordSearch|1661470|Alabama Births and Christenings, 1881-1930}} at FamilySearch
  
 
===== Marriage  =====
 
===== Marriage  =====
  
:*'''1816-1957''' - {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection. Incomplete. -free
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:*'''To 1825''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2080 ''Index to Marriages''] at Ancestry $. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked. <br>
  
:*'''To 1825''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2080 ''Index to Marriages''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked. <br>
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:*'''1823–1825, 1875, 1890–1902, 1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at Ancestry $. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears. <br>
  
:*'''1823–1825, 1875, 1890–1902, 1936–1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 ''Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears. <br>
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:*'''1890–1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920"] at Ancestry $. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women. <br>
  
:*'''1890–1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920"]at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women. <br>
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:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alfrankl/marriages.htm Marriages] at ALGenWeb
  
:*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alfrankl/marriages.htm Marriages] at [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~algenweb/ ALGenWeb] - free
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:*'''1809 – 1950''' {{RecordSearch|1743384|Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950}} at FamilySearch
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:*'''1816 – 1957''' {{RecordSearch|1674672|Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957}} at FamilySearch
  
===== Death  =====
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:*'''1800 – 1969''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7838 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800-1969] at Ancestry $
  
:*'''1881-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama, Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free
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:*'''1809 – 1920''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4192 Alabama Marriages Alabama marriages]
  
:*'''1881–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 ''Index to Deaths and Burials''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. Volunteers extracted the details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other records of Alabama deaths and burials. details vary depending on the original record. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.<br>
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===== Death  =====
  
:*'''1908–1959''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 ''Index to Deaths recorded by the state of Alabama''] at [http://www.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] – ($); Index. The index includes name of the deceased, county of death, date of death, and the state certificate number (volume and page).<br>
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:*'''1881–1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 ''Index to Deaths and Burials''] at Ancestry $. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.<br>
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:*'''1908–1959''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 ''Index to Deaths recorded by the state of Alabama''] at Ancestry $. The index includes name of the deceased, county of death, date of death, and the state certificate number (volume and page).<br>
  
 
:*'''1908-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free
 
:*'''1908-1974''' - {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama, Deaths, 1908-1974}} at FamilySearch Historical Records Collection - free
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:*'''1881 – 1952''' {{RecordSearch|1674670|Alabama Deaths and Burials, 1881-1952}} at Family Search.
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:*'''1908 – 1974''' {{RecordSearch|1307888|Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974}} at FamilySearch
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:*'''1881 – 1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2543 Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974] at Ancestry $
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:*'''1908 – 1959''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5188 Alabama Deaths Alabama Deaths] At Ancestry $
  
 
==== Voting Registers  ====
 
==== Voting Registers  ====
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Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the&nbsp;[http://www.archives.alabama.gov/voterreg/countybooksmain.html Alabama Department of Archives and History]. &nbsp; Franklin County has one [http://www.archives.alabama.gov/voterreg/books/franklincounty.pdf book].  
 
Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the&nbsp;[http://www.archives.alabama.gov/voterreg/countybooksmain.html Alabama Department of Archives and History]. &nbsp; Franklin County has one [http://www.archives.alabama.gov/voterreg/books/franklincounty.pdf book].  
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
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'''Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society'''<br>P. O.  Box 1568 <br>Huntsville, Alabama <br>35807 <br>205-728-2788 <br>Publication: Valley Leaves <br>[http://www.tvgs.org Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society]
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'''Natchez Trace Genealogical Society''' <br>P. O. Box 420 <br>Florence, AL <br>35360 <br>Publication: Natchez Trace Traveler <br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alntgs/ Natchez Trace Genealogical Society]
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'''Russellville Heritage Preservation Society''' <br>P. O. Box 1095 <br>Russellville, AL <br>35653
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'''Tennessee Valley Historical Society''' <br>P. O. Box 149 <br>Sheffield, AL <br>35660 <br>Publication: Journal of Muscle Shoals History <br>
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[http://home.hiwaay.net/~mahan/tvhs.htm TENNESSEE VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY] 
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'''Franklin County Archives''' <br>300 East Limestone St. <br>Russellville, AL<br>35653 <br>256-332-8827
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'''Franklin Russellville Public Library''' <br>256-332-1536
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/al-society-archive/ List of Alabama Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/franklin-county/ Franklin County, Alabama]
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*[http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/AL/Franklin/ Franklin Co. AL]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/roots-1/usa/al.html United States Resources: Alabama]
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*[http://www.algw.org/ Al Gen Web]
  
 
==== Libraries  ====
 
==== Libraries  ====
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp Family History Centre Locator] <br><br>
  
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=== Helpful Websites  ===
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=== Franklin County Alabama Genealogy Websites  ===
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/alabama/franklin-county/ Franklin County, AL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
 
*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb project. ]May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb project. ]May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Franklin|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Alabama%2C+Franklin|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/franklin.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/al/franklin.htm USGenWeb Archives Project] ~ contains record transcriptions from Bibles, obituaries, court records and more.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alfrankl/index.html Franklin County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~alfrankl/index.html Franklin County ALGenWeb] ~ record transcriptions and information pertinent to the county.  
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Franklin/ Franklin County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/AL/Franklin/ Franklin County, Alabama Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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=== Franklin County Alabama Genealogy References  ===
  
 
<references />  
 
<references />  
  
{{Alabama|Alabama}}
 
  
[[Category:Franklin_County,_Alabama]]
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[[Category:IGIcheck]] [[Category:Franklin_County,_Alabama]]

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Guide to Franklin County, Alabama ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Franklin County, Alabama
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Alabama
Location of Alabama in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 6, 1818
County Seat Russellville
Courthouse
Address Franklin County Courthouse
410 North Jackson Ave.
Russellville, AL 35653, (256) 332-8861 Franklin County Website


County Information

Franklin County, Alabama Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1916 1916 1890-1893 1830 1818

County Courthouse

Franklin County, Alabama Courthouse.jpg
Franklin County Courthouse
410 North Jackson Ave.
Russellville, AL 35653, (256) 332-8861

Records burned 1890
Probate Judge has marriage, probate and land records from 1890
Clerk Circuit Court has court records from 1923 and divorce records[2]

History

Parent County

1818--Franklin County was created 6 February 1818 from the Cherokee and Chickasaw Cession of 1816.
County seat: Russellville [3]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Alabama county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Alabama County Boundary Maps" (1799-1980) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

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Franklin County had a destructive courthouse fire in 1890. See Research in Alabama: A Genealogical Guide  page 27 for suggested alternative sources to overcome this loss.[4]

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Places/Localities

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Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Biography

Biographies of many notable residents of Franklin County, Alabama Genealogy were published in Memorial Record of Alabama (1893). Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online - free. Begins on page 1027.

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
ALGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
ALGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Alabama Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Franklin County, Alabama
Year Pop.  %±
1820 4,988
1830 11,078 122.1%
1840 14,270 28.8%
1850 19,610 37.4%
1860 18,627 −5.0%
1870 8,006 −57.0%
1880 9,155 14.4%
1890 10,681 16.7%
1900 16,511 54.6%
1910 19,369 17.3%
1920 22,011 13.6%
1930 25,372 15.3%
1940 27,552 8.6%
1950 25,705 −6.7%
1960 21,988 −14.5%
1970 23,933 8.8%
1980 28,350 18.5%
1990 27,814 −1.9%
2000 31,223 12.3%
2010 31,704 1.5%
For tips on accessing Franklin County, Alabama Genealogy census records online, see: Alabama Census.

State Census

Church Records

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 Alabama denominations, view the Alabama Church Records wiki page.

Court Records

Land and Property

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

Local Histories

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

  • Northern Alabama, Historical and Biographical. Birmingham, Ala.: Smith and De Land, 1888. Digital version at FamilySearch Books Online. Franklin County, Alabama Genealogy begins on page 102.

Maps

 Military

Civil War, 1861-1865

Civil War service men from Franklin County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Franklin County.

- 1st Battalion, Alabama Artillery, Company F
- 2nd Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E
- 4th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry (Roddy's), Company E and L
- 5th Regiment, Alabama Cavalry, Company E
- 16th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A
- 16th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company E and H
- 27th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company A, B and G
- 35th Regiment, Alabama Infantry, Company B and K


Newspapers

Finding More Alabama Newspapers

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

Periodicals

Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Franklin County, Alabama Genealogy Probate Court. Most records are housed at the Franklin County, Alabama Genealogy Courthouse. Many records are on microfilm at the Family History Library.

See the wiki page Alabama 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 places of residence.

Record types: Wills, dower records, personal property sales, settlement records, orphans’ records, and bonds.

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Alabama tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Alabama Taxation.

  • 1865-1866 - U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 at Ancestry ($). Franklin County is in District 3.


Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Alabama State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online.

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Alabama. See also How to order Alabama Vital Records


Birth
Marriage
  • To 1825 Index to Marriages at Ancestry $. contains over 12,000 names. Each entry includes groom, bride, marriage date, county, and state. Every name is indexed so you can search for one name, or two names that are linked.
  • 1823–1825, 1875, 1890–1902, 1936–1969 Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800–1969 at Ancestry $. This collection is comprised of indexes created by several agencies - the Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research, and Hunting For Bears.
  • 1890–1900 "Alabama Marriages, 1809–1920" at Ancestry $. This database is a collection of marriage records from the state. Researchers will find the names of both bride and groom along with the marriage date. The county where the ceremony was performed is also provided. Containing about 150,000 records and the names of nearly 300,000 men and women.
Death
  • 1881–1974 Index to Deaths and Burials at Ancestry $. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of death records for the state during this time.

Voting Registers

Alabama Voting Registers for 1867 are available online at the Alabama Department of Archives and History.   Franklin County has one book.

Societies and Libraries

Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 1568
Huntsville, Alabama
35807
205-728-2788
Publication: Valley Leaves
Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society

Natchez Trace Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 420
Florence, AL
35360
Publication: Natchez Trace Traveler
Natchez Trace Genealogical Society

Russellville Heritage Preservation Society
P. O. Box 1095
Russellville, AL
35653

Tennessee Valley Historical Society
P. O. Box 149
Sheffield, AL
35660
Publication: Journal of Muscle Shoals History
TENNESSEE VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Franklin County Archives
300 East Limestone St.
Russellville, AL
35653
256-332-8827

Franklin Russellville Public Library
256-332-1536

Libraries

Russellville Public Library
110 East Lawrence St.
Russellville, Alabama 35653
Telephone: 256-332-1535

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Family History Centre Locator

Helpful Websites

Franklin County Alabama Genealogy Websites

Franklin County Alabama Genealogy References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 13-28. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Franklin County p. 37. ; .
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Marilyn Davis Barefield, Researching in Alabama: a Genealogical Guide (Birmingham, Alabama : Birmingham Public Library, 1998), 27. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 976.1 D27b 1998.