Franklin County, Indiana Genealogy
Guide to Franklin County Indiana genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Franklin County, Indiana|
Location of Indiana in the U.S.
|Founded||November 27, 1810|
|Address|| Franklin County Courthouse|
634 Main Street
Brookville, IN 47012-1405
- 1 Historical Facts
- 2 Resources
- 2.1 Bible Records
- 2.2 Biographies
- 2.3 Business Records
- 2.4 Cemeteries
- 2.5 Census Records
- 2.6 Church Records
- 2.7 Court Records
- 2.8 Diaries
- 2.9 Directories
- 2.10 Emigration and Immigration
- 2.11 Ethnic and Religious Groups
- 2.12 Gazetteers
- 2.13 Genealogies
- 2.14 Histories
- 2.15 Land and Property
- 2.16 Maps
- 2.17 Military Records
- 2.18 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 2.19 Newspapers
- 2.20 Obituaries
- 2.21 Probate Records
- 2.22 Public Records
- 2.23 Repositories
- 2.24 School Records
- 2.25 Taxation
- 2.26 Vital Records
- 2.27 Voter Registration
- 2.28 Web Sites
- 3 References
For tips on accessing Franklin County, Indiana Genealogy census records online, see: Indiana Census.
- Index to Defective, Dependent & Delinquent Census for Franklin County (1880) ($, Indiana Genealogical Society)
- Franklin County Census Records - INGenWeb
Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository.
- Members of Big Cedar Grove Baptist Church (1817-1835) ($, Indiana Genealogical Society)
For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.
- Directory of Businesses in Franklin County (1858, 1868) ($, Indiana Genealogical Society)
- Directory of Selected Residents of Franklin County (1876) ($, Indiana Genealogical Society)
- Residents of Indiana Masonic Home (1930) ($, Indiana Genealogical Society)
Emigration and Immigration
Ethnic and Religious Groups
Local histories are available for Franklin County, Indiana Genealogy. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information.
- Every Name Index to History of Franklin County, Indiana. Every Name Index compiled by Cathy L. O'Connor, 2007; original text by August Jacob Reifel, 1915; reproduction by Unigraphic, Inc., 1971. EveryNameIndex.com
- History of Franklin County - Linkpendium
- Biographical and Genealogical History of Wayne, Fayette, Union and Franklin Counties, Indiana. (Indianapolis, Ind: Frederic Luther Co, 1980).977.26 H2b 977.26 H2b v. 2 FHL US/CAN Book FHL Collection other libraries vol. 1 INTERNET ARCHIVE
- Reifel, August J. History of Franklin County, Indiana; Her People, Industries and Institutions. (Indianapolis, Ind: B.F. Bowen, 1915.) FHL US/CAN Film 934904 Item 3 FHL Collection other libraries INTERNET ARCHIVE
For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Indiana Local Histories.
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.
After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the courthouse, where records are currently housed.
See Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.
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 that were specifically formed in Franklin County
- 4th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry, Company B
- 7th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry, Company G
- 13th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company C, and Reorganized Company A
- 18th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company F
- 37th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company B, and Reoganized B
- 52nd Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Companies F, anf H
- 68th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Companies A, C, G, H, and I
- 83rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company K
- 123rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Companies B, D, I, and K
- 134th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company H
- 139th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (100 days, 1864), Company B
- 146th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Company I
- 148th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, Companies A, and B
Civil War Books
- "Civil War" in "Military History of Franklin County" Chapter 12 of Reifel, August J. History of Franklin County, Indiana; Her People, Industries and Institutions. (Indianapolis, Ind: B.F. Bowen, 1915.), (page 292-315, Regiment, Companies, some Name's) FHL US/CAN Film 934904 Item 3 FHL Collection other libraries INTERNET ARCHIVE
World War I (The Great War), 1914-1918
World War II, 1941-1945
Naturalization and Citizenship
Probate records are court records created after an individual’s death that relate to a court’s decisions regarding the distribution of the estate to the heirs or creditors and the care of any dependents. These documents are important to family history researchers because they usually exist for time periods before civil birth and death records were kept. While probate records are one of the most accurate sources of genealogical evidence, they have limitations. The Circuit Court has responsibility for the probate records of Franklin County.
The following Franklin County probate records have been indexed and abstracted:
- Franklin County Inventories provides transcribed probate inventories indexed by date.
- The University of Mary Washington has indexed and transcribed probate inventories for Dearborn, Franklin, and Ripley counties.
Franklin County Courthouse
634 Main Street
Brookville, IN 47012-1405
County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1811.
County Recorder has land records from 1811.
County Health Department has birth and death records from 1882.
Public Library has cemetery records from from 1817
and naturalization records from 1820. 
Family History Centers
The main FamilySearch Center for Franklin County, Indiana Genealogy is the
For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the [Family History Center directory].
Indiana tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties.
For more information see the wiki page Indiana Taxation.
- Indiana Marriages, 1802-1892 - Ancestry.con $
- Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992 - FamilySearch
- Indiana Marriage, 1811-1959 - FamilySearch
- Indiana State Digital Achives for Death, E-Publication, Instiution, Military, Misc Historical, Naturalization Records can be searched by person name (accessed 26 May 2011)
- Indiana, Death Index, 1882-1920 - FamilySearch
- Deaths at Indiana Masonic Home (1930-1931) Indiana Genealogical Society $
Finding Vital Records at Other Repositories
Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Franklin County, Indiana Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:
- WorldCat (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
- FamilySearch Catalog (For instructions see FamilySearch Catalog Place-name Search).
- EveryNameIndex.com Free online genealogy indexes for those big old county histories.
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
- Family History Library Catalog
- Franklin County, Indiana Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Franklin County, Indiana 212 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.