Franklin County, Indiana Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Brookville
Organized: Feb 1, 1811
Parent County(s): Clark, Dearborn
Neighboring Counties
Union  • Fayette  • Rush  • Decatur  • Ripley  • Dearborn  • Butler (OH)  • Hamilton (OH)  • Preble (OH)
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Franklin County was named in honor of the distinguished Benjamin Franklin.[1] It is located in the east-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Franklin County Courthouse
634 Main Street
Brookville, IN 47012-1405
Phone: 765-647-3322
County Website

Franklin County Health Department
1010 Franklin Ave. Ste. 210
Brookville, IN, 47012
Health Officer: Darrell Brimhall, MD
Phone Number: 765-647-4322
Fax: 765-647-5248
Health Department

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. [3]
Health Department has birth records and death records.

Franklin County, Indiana Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1882 1811 1882 1811 1811 1811 1807
*Statewide registration for births in 1907 and deaths in Oct 1899. General compliance by 1917.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Feb. 1852 Franklin County courthouse was destroyed by fire, but no records were lost. For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[7]

Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]


Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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


Census Records[edit | edit source]

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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 10,763
1830 10,190 −5.3%
1840 13,349 31.0%
1850 17,968 34.6%
1860 19,549 8.8%
1870 20,223 3.4%
1880 20,092 −0.6%
1890 18,366 −8.6%
1900 16,388 −10.8%
1910 15,335 −6.4%
1920 14,806 −3.4%
1930 14,498 −2.1%
1940 14,412 −0.6%
1950 16,034 11.3%
1960 17,015 6.1%
1970 16,943 −0.4%
1980 19,612 15.8%
1990 19,580 −0.2%
2000 22,151 13.1%
2010 23,087 4.2%
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Church Records[edit | edit source]

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. For more information about these major repositories, see Indiana Church Records.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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 Indiana Land and Property for additional information about early Indiana land grants and patents.

After land was transferred from the government to private ownership, subsequent transactions were recorded at the Franklin County courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Franklin County. County histories may include biographies; church, school and government histories; and military information. For more information about local histories, see Indiana Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

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 that were specifically formed in Franklin County

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 : with biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of old families. (Indianapolis, Ind: B.F. Bowen, 1915.) Online at: FamilySearch Digital Book; FHL US/CAN Film 934904 Item 3 FHL Collection; INTERNET ARCHIVE

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Indiana newspapers may contain genealogical value including obituaries, births, marriages, deaths, anniversaries, family gatherings, family travel, achievements, business notices, engagement information, and probate court proceedings.

For more Indiana newspaper information see the wiki page Indiana Newspapers.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Jerome Wiley's Journal Franklin County, Indiana 1841-1891

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Indiana, probate records have been kept by the county clerk of the circuit court. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the Franklin County courthouse. For more information, see Indiana Probate Records.

The following Franklin County probate records have been indexed and abstracted:

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Indiana law in 1882 required registration of births and deaths in counties. The Indiana Department of Health has birth records filed after October 1907 and death records filed after January 1900 for deaths. Copies may be obtained from the county health department or the Indiana State Division of Vital Records.

  • Franklin County Vital Record - INGenWeb

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Franklin County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Franklin County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Franklin County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Indiana Societies.

Franklin County Historical Society
P.O. Box 342
Brookville, IN 47012-0342

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogy Trails History Group, “Franklin County, Indiana Genealogy and History”, accessed 3/28/2017.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Franklin County," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Indiana 3/28/2017.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Indiana.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. August J. Reifel, History of Franklin County Indiana Her People, Industries and Institutions. (Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen Company, Inc., 1915), pages 78-79
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Franklin County, Indiana" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Indiana (accessed 10 May 2012).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Franklin County, Indiana," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 09 December 2019.