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United States  > Kentucky > Franklin County

County Courthouse


Franklin County Courthouse
218 St. Clair St.
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Mailing Address

Franklin County Courthouse
P.O. Box 678
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-0678

Phone Number

502-564-7013 or 502-564-8380


Parent County

1794--Franklin County was created 7 December 1794 from Woodford, Mercer, and Shelby Counties.
County seat: Frankfort [1]

Boundary Changes  [2]

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.

Record Loss

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



Cemetery records in Franklin County, Kentucky are difficult to find.  A good source to search is Franklin County GenWeb Kentucky site

The Kentucky Historical Society has an online Cemetery Database.


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.


Family Histories

  • [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.


Local Histories




The Kentucky Historical Society, in Frankfort, Kentucky, has a great newspaper collection.



Vital Records

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

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

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. William Thorndale and William Dollarhide. Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920. (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987).