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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois]];[[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Franklin County'''  
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Guide to '''Franklin County, Illinois ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.<br>
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{{Click|Image:IL_ORP.png|Illinois Online Genealogy Records}}{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Franklin County
 
| county = Franklin County
 
| county_map = Il-franklin.png
 
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| founded year = 1818
 
| founded year = 1818
 
| founded date = January 2
 
| founded date = January 2
| seat wl = Benton
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| seat = Benton
 
| building image = Franklin County Courthouse.gif
 
| building image = Franklin County Courthouse.gif
 
| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository]], [[Illinois State Archives]]
 
| building image cap = Photo courtesy [[Illinois Regional Archives Depository]], [[Illinois State Archives]]
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== County Organization  ==
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=== County Organization  ===
  
 
Franklin County's civil records start the following years:  
 
Franklin County's civil records start the following years:  
  
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| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Franklin County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Franklin County, Illinois#Births|Birth]]'''  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Franklin County, Illinois#Marriages|Marriage]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Franklin County, Illinois#Marriages|Marriage]]'''  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Franklin County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Franklin County, Illinois#Deaths|Death]]'''  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Franklin County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Franklin County, Illinois#Census|Census]]'''  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Franklin County, Illinois#Land|Land]]'''  
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Franklin County, Illinois#Land_and_Property|Land]]'''  
| align="center" width="16.6%" | '''[[Franklin County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | '''[[Franklin County, Illinois#Probate_Records|Probate]]'''
 
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[[Image:Benjamin Franklin.JPG|thumb|right|175px|Benjamin Franklin.JPG]]  
 
[[Image:Benjamin Franklin.JPG|thumb|right|175px|Benjamin Franklin.JPG]]  
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==== Description ====
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The county was named for Benjamin Franklin. The county seat is Benton and the county was organized on January 2, 1818. The County is located in the South-central part of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Franklin County," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_County,_Illinois 04/013/2017.</ref>
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
*'''2 January 1818:''' Franklin County was created from [[White County, Illinois|White]] and [[Gallatin County, Illinois|Gallatin ]]Counties. <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 {{WorldCat|50140092}}, {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}</ref>
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For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
*Interactive map of Franklin County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/illinois/il-maps.html boundary changes].
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*'''2 January 1818:''' Franklin County was created from [[White County, Illinois Genealogy|White]] and [[Gallatin County, Illinois Genealogy|Gallatin ]]Counties. <ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.''; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 {{WorldCat|50140092}}, {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}</ref>
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
''18 November 1843:''' Courthouse burned and many records were damaged.  
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'''1843''' Fire burned the courthouse on 18 November and most records were lost.
  
For further information on researching in burned counties, see the [[Burned Counties Research]]
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{{Fire+}}
  
 
== Records and Resources  ==
 
== Records and Resources  ==
  
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
 
=== Cemeteries  ===
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{{SD Cemeteries Intro|Franklin}}
  
The [[Illinois Cemeteries#Online_Resources|Illinois Cemeteries]] page provides general explanations of the following online Franklin County resources:
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Franklin, Illinois''' online and in print</center>
| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''Online Gravestone Transcriptions'''
 
| bgcolor="#ffffcc" | '''Cemetery Gazetteers'''
 
 
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
| Find A Grave &#124; [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& national search]&nbsp;&#124; [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=717 county list]  
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| [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6156&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=86&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=16&GScnty=717&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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*[http://fcihg.genealogyvillage.com/ ILGenWeb]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/il/franklin/franklin.htm ILGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/franklin.htm Tombstone Project]
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*[http://illinoisgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=28 Illinois Gravestones]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
 
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| [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Illinois+Franklin+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>''' TombstoneTranscriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
| [http://usgwtombstones.org/illinois/franklin.htm USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project]
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| [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/ilcemetery-al/Franklin.html &nbsp;Cemetery Location Project]
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*{{FHL|531493|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Franklin+Illinois&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
 
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
| [http://interment.net/ Interment.net]  
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| [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilfrankl/scc/index.html ILGenWeb]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=16&CScnty=717 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Illinois&county=Franklin&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/ilcemetery-al/Franklin.html &nbsp;Cemetery Location Project]
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*[https://graveyards.com/Illinois/Franklin Graveyards of Illinois]
 
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[Illinois Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
| [http://www.illinoisgenealogy.org/cemeteries.htm Illinois Cemeteries]
 
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| [http://www.illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/v/franklin/ Illinois Ancestors Tombstone Project]
 
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| [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/franklin/cemeteries.html Cemeteries of Franklin County]  
 
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| [http://www.hinton-gen.com/ilcounty.html#franklin Franklin County Cemeteries Hinton-Gen]  
 
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| [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/rebelsoldiersa-g.html#FRANKLIN Confederate Soldiers of Franklin County]
 
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| [http://illinoisgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=28 Illinois Gravestones.org]
 
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| [http://lithuaniangenealogy.org/databases/il/frankfort/ The Lithuanian Cemetery of West Frankfort]
 
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*[http://www.illinoisancestors.org/cemphotos/v/franklin/ Illinois Ancestors Tombstone Project]
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/franklin/cemeteries.html Cemeteries of Franklin County from GenealogyTrails]
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*[http://www.hinton-gen.com/ilcounty.html#franklin Franklin County Cemeteries Hinton-Gen]
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/rebelsoldiersa-g.html#FRANKLIN Confederate Soldiers of Franklin County]
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*[http://illinoisgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=28 Illinois Gravestones.org]
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*[http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=6156&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=86&stateAbbv=&stateName= ePodunk] has an extensive list of cemeteries in or around Franklin County.
  
 
=== Census  ===
 
=== Census  ===
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*'''Beginning 1820''' [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabIndex=0&searchByTypeIndex=0 Land Patent Search] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database.  
 
*'''Beginning 1820''' [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/default.aspx#searchTabIndex=0&searchByTypeIndex=0 Land Patent Search] See [[Illinois Land and Property#State_Records|Illinois Land and Property]] for more information about this database.  
*[http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/data_lan.html Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]  
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*[http://www.ilsos.gov/isa/landsrch.jsp Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database]  
 
*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)  
 
*'''1796–1907''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records] found at Ancestry.com ($)  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Illinois Public Land Purchase Records] This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3780 Illinois Public Land Purchase Records] This record extract includes over 538,000 land sales from the 19th Century. Each entry includes the purchaser's name, purchase date, number of acres, price per acre, and in some cases the purchaser's sex and residence. Available at www.ancestry.com ($)  
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=== Maps  ===
 
=== Maps  ===
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[[Image:Ilfranklin.jpg|right|400px|Ilfranklin.jpg]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/illinois/ Maps of Illinois (1788-1940)]
  
 
=== Medical Records  ===
 
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=== Probate Records  ===
 
=== Probate Records  ===
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1772 - 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9048 Illinois Wills and Probate Records 1772-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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*'''1819 - 1988''' {{RecordSearch|1834344|Illinois Probate Records 1819-1988}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — images
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Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk (618) 439-2011. See [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information about using probate records.  
 
Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk (618) 439-2011. See [[Illinois Probate Records]] for more information about using probate records.  
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County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Franklin County are kept, see the [[Franklin County, Illinois Courthouse|Franklin County Courthouse]] page.  
 
County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Franklin County are kept, see the [[Franklin County, Illinois Courthouse|Franklin County Courthouse]] page.  
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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==== Family History Centers&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; ====
 
 
*[[Hyde Park Illinois Family History Center]]<br>5200 S University Avenue<br>Chicago, Illinois<br>Phone:(773) 493-1830
 
 
 
*[[Nauvoo Illinois Family History Center]]<br>165 North Wells Street<br>Nauvoo, Illinois<br>Phone:(217) 453-6347
 
  
*[[Quincy Illinois Family History Center]]<br>210 Cardinal Terrace<br>Quincy, Illinois<br>Phone:(217) 224-3220
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
*[[Springfield Illinois Family History Center]]<br>3601 Buckeye Dr<br>Springfield, Illinois<br>Phone:(217) 529-7930
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*[http://www.lds.org/rcmaps/?lang=eng#ll=37.919284,-88.774338&z=10&m=google.road&id=familysearchcenter:3349160&q=Franklin Eldorado Family History Center]
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*[http://www.lds.org/rcmaps/?lang=eng#ll=38.727219,-91.584716&z=5&m=google.road&id=familysearchcenter:3335860&q=franklin&x=find Carbondale Family History Center]  
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*[http://www.lds.org/rcmaps/?lang=eng#ll=37.869433,-88.655895&z=10&m=google.road&id=familysearchcenter:3335887&q=Franklin Foxcroft Family History Center]
  
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
 
==== Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)  ====
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=== Societies  ===
 
=== Societies  ===
  
*[http://franklin.ilgenweb.org/frankfortarea.html '''Franklin Area Genealogy Society''']'''<br>'''P.O. Box 427<br>2000 E. St. Louis St.<br>West Frankfort, Illinois 62896<br>Phone: 618-932-6159
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'''West Franklin Historical District and Silkwood Inn Museum'''<br>PO Box 601<br>2130 School House Road <br>Mulkeytown, Illinois 62865<br>Telephone Number: 618-724-2445<br>[http://fcihg.genealogyvillage.com/westfranklin.html Website]<br><br>
 
 
*[http://franklin.ilgenweb.org/westfranklin.html '''West Franklin Historical District and Silkwood Inn Museum''']'''<br>'''P.O. Box 601<br>2130 School House Rd.<br>Mulkeytown, Illinois 62865<br>Phone: 618-724-2445<br>E-Mail:wfhdsim@gmail.com<br>Open on Tuesday and Saturday 9 am to 3 pm
 
 
 
*Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois has a [[Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois|page]] with details about its' activities.
 
  
 
=== Taxation  ===
 
=== Taxation  ===
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=== Vital Records  ===
 
=== Vital Records  ===
  
See [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois.  
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See [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Illinois Vital Records]] for more information about Vital records in Illinois. See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/il-vital-records/ How to order Illinois Vital Records] or [http://www.genealogyinc.com/ordervitalcertificate/ order electronically online].  
  
Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the [http://www.franklincountyil.org/ Franklin County Clerk] while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health.] with a copy to the County Clerk. Marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.  
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<br> Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the [http://www.franklincountyil.org/ Franklin County Clerk] while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the [http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/index.htm Illinois Department of Public Health.] with a copy to the County Clerk. Marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.  
  
 
The following abstracts and copies of records may be accessed through online databases, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] and the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Franklin County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|SIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
 
The following abstracts and copies of records may be accessed through online databases, the [[The Family History Library|Family History Library]] and the [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)] located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Franklin County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the [[IRAD - Southern Illinois University|SIU IRAD Wiki page.]]  
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==== Marriages  ====
 
==== Marriages  ====
  
*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
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*'''1763-1900''' [http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/marriage.html Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900]  
 
*'''1790-1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriages at Ancestry.com ($)]  
 
*'''1790-1860''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7851&cj=1&o_xid=0001546952&o_lid=0001546952 Illinois Marriages at Ancestry.com ($)]  
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*'''1805-1985''' {{RecordSearch|2534491|Illinois, Church Marriages, 1805-1985}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1810-1934''' {{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois County Marriages}} at FamilySearch.org  
 
*'''1810-1934''' {{RecordSearch|1803970|Illinois County Marriages}} at FamilySearch.org  
 
*'''1818-1845''' [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/franklin/1818marriage.html Franklin County Marriage Records at Genealogy Trails.com]  
 
*'''1818-1845''' [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/franklin/1818marriage.html Franklin County Marriage Records at Genealogy Trails.com]  
 
*'''1819-1850 and 1894-1908'''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilfrankl/resources/marriage/index.htm Franklin County, Illinois Marriages] Sorted by date, bride and groom.  
 
*'''1819-1850 and 1894-1908'''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilfrankl/resources/marriage/index.htm Franklin County, Illinois Marriages] Sorted by date, bride and groom.  
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*'''1833-1889''' {{RecordSearch|2515894|Illinois, Civil Marriages, 1833-1889}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1835-1915''' Marriage Records [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
*'''1835-1915''' Marriage Records [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
*'''1835-1915''' Marriage records {{FHL|270891|item|disp=FHL film 1005304 (first of seven)}}  
 
*'''1835-1915''' Marriage records {{FHL|270891|item|disp=FHL film 1005304 (first of seven)}}  
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*'''1916-1920''' Marriages book 4 [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/53016303 Other Libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|1341024|item|disp=FHL book 977.394 V2c}}
 
*'''1916-1920''' Marriages book 4 [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/53016303 Other Libraries (WorldCat)]; {{FHL|1341024|item|disp=FHL book 977.394 V2c}}
  
=== Divorces  ===
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==== Divorces  ====
  
 
*'''1837-1875''' [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/franklin/divorces.html Franklin County Divorce Records]
 
*'''1837-1875''' [http://genealogytrails.com/ill/franklin/divorces.html Franklin County Divorce Records]
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/franklin/deathrecords.html Franklin County, Illinois Death Records] located at Genealogytrails.com, taken from the Illinois State Archives Database of Death Certificates.  
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ill/franklin/deathrecords.html Franklin County, Illinois Death Records] located at Genealogytrails.com, taken from the Illinois State Archives Database of Death Certificates.  
*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]  
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*'''Pre-1916''' [http://www.ilsos.net/departments/archives/databases/death.html Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916]  
 
*'''1877-1916''' Birth and Death Records and Indexes [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
*'''1877-1916''' Birth and Death Records and Indexes [http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/iradsrch.html IRAD (SIU)]  
 
*'''1877-1915''' Death records, Volumes 1-2 {{FHL|270629|item|disp=FHL film 1005302 items 1–3}}  
 
*'''1877-1915''' Death records, Volumes 1-2 {{FHL|270629|item|disp=FHL film 1005302 items 1–3}}  
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*'''1910-1915''' Coroner's certificate of death record {{FHL|270668|item|disp=FHL film 1005302 item 4}}  
 
*'''1910-1915''' Coroner's certificate of death record {{FHL|270668|item|disp=FHL film 1005302 item 4}}  
 
*'''1916-1947''' {{RecordSearch|1438856|Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths}}  
 
*'''1916-1947''' {{RecordSearch|1438856|Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths}}  
*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/idphdeathindex.html Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]
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*'''1916-1950''' [http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/idphdeathindex.html Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/illinois/franklin-county/ Franklin County, IL History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/IL/Franklin-County.htm Franklin County IL Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104195621376697101310 Illinois Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/196017143782491/ Illinois Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
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Latest revision as of 22:39, 11 May 2017

United States
Illinois
Franklin County

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

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Franklin County, Illinois
Map
Map of Illinois highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of Illinois
Map of the U.S. highlighting Illinois
Location of Illinois in the U.S.
Facts
Founded: January 2, 1818
County Seat Benton
Courthouse
Franklin County Courthouse.gif
Photo courtesy Illinois Regional Archives Depository, Illinois State Archives
Address Franklin County Courthouse
202 West Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812
Franklin County Website


County Organization

Franklin County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Franklin County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1836 1877 1820 1835 1837

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Franklin County are kept, see the Franklin County Courthouse page.

Historical Records

Benjamin Franklin County is named for the well known Benjamin Franklin of colonial days.

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Description

The county was named for Benjamin Franklin. The county seat is Benton and the county was organized on January 2, 1818. The County is located in the South-central part of the state.[1]


Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Illinois county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Illinois County Boundary Maps" (1790-1869) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

1843 Fire burned the courthouse on 18 November and most records were lost.

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

Records and Resources

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Franklin, Illinois online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
TombstoneTranscriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Illinois Cemeteries for more information

Census

For information and tips on using and accessing online census records, see Illinois Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18201,763
18304,083131.6%
18403,682−9.8%
18505,68154.3%
18609,39365.3%
187012,65234.7%
188016,12927.5%
189017,1386.3%
190019,67514.8%
191025,94331.9%
192057,293120.8%
193059,4423.8%
194053,137−10.6%
195048,685−8.4%
196039,281−19.3%
197038,329−2.4%
198043,20112.7%
199040,319−6.7%
200039,018−3.2%
1840 Pensioners
  • A Census of Pensioners for Revolutionary or Military Services: With their Names, Ages, and Places of Residence, as Returned by the Marshalls of the Several Judicial Districts, Under the Act for Taking the Sixth Census. Washington, D.C., 1841. FHL 973 X2pc 1840; FHL 2321; digital version at Google Books. [See Illinois, Franklin County on page 186.]

Church Records

Copies of Original records

  • 1854–1915 Methodist Episcopal Church records. Southern Illinois Conference. FHL film 1005556 Items 1–5
  • 1857–1868 Statistics of Bethel Congregation from October 6, 1857 when D. S. Faris was ordained pastor and onward : ca. 1857-1868 FHL film 1698296 Item 7

Histories

Belleville Diocese Catholic Churches

FamilySearch has made parish records from seven Belleville Diocese Catholic churches in Franklin County available online (requires free registration). The records include first communions, confirmations, marriages, and deaths:


Court Records

See Illinois Court Records for information about how to use county court records.

Court records are held in both offices of the Circuit Court Clerk and County Clerk

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) Collection

The following abstracts and copies of original records may be accessed through: IRAD-Southern Illinois University (SIU) and search for Franklin County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

  • Circuit Court
1837-1870 Circuit Court Record
1851-1893 Circuit Court Issue Dockets
1870-1924 Circuit Court Record, Chancery
1870-1964 Circuit Court Record, Common Law
1871-1946 Circuit Court Record, Criminal
1873-1927 Circuit Court Indictment Record
  • County Court
1872-1964 County Court Record, Common Law
1872-1964 County Court Record, Criminal
1893-1916 Insanity Dockets
1893-1952 Insanity Record
1915-1942 Feeble-Minded Dockets
1923-1940 Dependent and Delinquent Children Record
1914-1941 Mother's Pension Records and Accounts
1930-1937 Mother's Pension Order Record
1874-1955 Jail Registers (See Sheriff's office)
  • City Court
1915-1962 Benton City Court Record
1914-1952 West Frankfort City Court Records and Naturalization Records.

Family History Library Collection

The following copies of records may be accessed through the Family History Library

Description and Travel

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic Research

African American

The following have information concerning African American research.

Genealogy

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

History

  • History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties, Illinois: From the Earliest Time to the Present, Together with Sundry and Interesting Biographical Sketches, Notes, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Chicago: Goodspeed, 1887. Digital versions at Ancestry ($); Internet Archive. FHL Film 873820 Item 1

Land and Property

See Gotoarrow.png Illinois Land and Property for more information.

Original land records for Franklin County are held with the County Clerk

Franklin County "is well watered by Little Muddy river on the West, Big Muddy and its branches through the center. It is quiet, level and is largely prairie. The land is not well adapted to farming, although modern farming methods with liberal use of limestone are producing many fine farms...Slaves were held in Franklin County by the leading families until 1824, and then were taken to Missouri and sold. In some cases they were brought back to Franklin county and manumitted...The land not being very rich, the settlement of the county was slow. The law of 1854 changed the price of land in Illinois from $1.25 per acre to 12 1/2 cents per acre. Thousands of acres of land was purchased from the government under the "Bit Act." When Congress granted the land for the Illinois Central Railroad, 33,078 acres of the grant fell within the limits of Franklin county." [3]

The following abstracts or copies of records may be accessed through the Family History Library:

Online Resources

Maps

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Medical Records

Military

Multiple Wars

  • Pension applications, Franklin County, Illinois, compiled by Carla Pulliam, ([Benton, Illinois?] : C. Pulliam, c1998). FHL Book 977.394 M2pu Includes pension applications for the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Black Hawk War Civil War.
  • Discharges, Civil War and Spanish American War, by Susan Doxsie Dorris, ([S.l. : s.n.], c1993). FHL Book 977.394 M2d
  • Franklin County, Illinois, War History, 1832-1919: Containing a Brief Review of the World War, Complete History of Franklin County's Activities, Photographs and Service Records of Franklin County's Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, Industrial and Biographical Review of Business and Professional Firms Who Have Made This History Possible; pub. 1920. Reprint 1977 Ancestry ($), FHL film 1036411 Item 3, Book 977.394 M2b 1977
  • An index to the above is: Greenwood, Marie. Index of Franklin County Illinois War History, (Originally Published, 1920.). Index of Franklin County Illinois War History. (Originally published, 1920). Carterville, Ill.: Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois, 1975. Ancestry ($).

Civil War

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.

- 15th Regiment, Illinois Cavalry, Company C (Dollins' Cavalry Company) and Company F.
- 31st Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company I.
- 40th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and F.
- 56th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies E and I.
- 63rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company F.
- 89th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company B.
- 110th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A, F, K, and I.
- 128th Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Companies A and C.
- 136th Regiment, Illinois Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company A.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Naturalization records for Franklin County are held in the offices of the Circuit Court and County Clerk.

The following copies of naturalization records may be accessed through the Family History Library or the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Franklin County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Newspapers

Obituaries

Periodicals

Probate Records

Online Probate Records


Original estates and wills are held in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk (618) 439-2011. See Illinois Probate Records for more information about using probate records.

The following abstracts and copies of records may be accessed through the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Franklin County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the IRAD Wiki page.

Periodicals

Public Records

Repositories

Archives

Inventory of the county archives of Illinois, no. 28, Franklin County (Benton) FHL film 908133 Item 2, Book 977.394 A5h

County Courthouse

County records are most often kept at the County Courthouse or another local repository. For further information about where the records for Franklin County are kept, see the Franklin County Courthouse page.

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.

Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD)

IRAD is a system of Illinois Regional Archives Depositories managed by the Illinois State Archives, housing the archival records of local Illinois counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The seven Regional Depositories are housed on state university campuses scattered throughout Illinois. Southern Illinois University houses the records for Franklin County.

Public Libraries

West Frankfort Public Library
402 E. Poplar
West Frankfort, Illinois 62896
Phone: 618-932-3313
Fax: 618-932-3313
Hours:
Sunday - Closed
Monday - Thursday 10 am - 7 pm
Friday 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday 11 am - 5 pm

Schools

Social Groups Online

Societies

West Franklin Historical District and Silkwood Inn Museum
PO Box 601
2130 School House Road
Mulkeytown, Illinois 62865
Telephone Number: 618-724-2445
Website

Taxation

Vital Records

See Gotoarrow.png Illinois Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Illinois. See also How to order Illinois Vital Records or order electronically online.


Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Birth and death certificates recorded until the year 1916 are kept by the Franklin County Clerk while those recorded after 1916 are kept by the Illinois Department of Public Health. with a copy to the County Clerk. Marriage records are usually kept by the County Clerk from the establishment of the county to the present. Divorce records are generally in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk.

The following abstracts and copies of records may be accessed through online databases, the Family History Library and the Illinois Regional Archives Depository (IRAD) located at the Southern Illinois University (SIU) - search for Franklin County records. For information on how to use IRAD see the SIU IRAD Wiki page.

Births

Marriages

Divorces

Deaths

Websites

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Franklin County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_County,_Illinois 04/013/2017.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.; Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002 WorldCat 50140092, FHL Book 973 D27e 2002
  3. Harry L. Frier, Historical Sketch of Franklin County [Franklin County Illinois War History: 1832-1919], 1920. As cited at: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilfrankl/history/index.html