Franklin County, Maine Genealogy

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


Franklin County, Maine
Map of Maine highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of Maine
Founded March 20, 1838
County Seat Farmington
Address Franklin County Courthouse
38 Main Street
Farmington, ME 04938
Phone: 207.778.6614
Franklin County Website


The County was named for Benjamin Franklin. The County has Farmington as its seat and the County was created May 9, 1838. The County is located in the west area of the state.[1]

Franklin County, Maine Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1892 1892 1892 1838 1838 1838 1790
Statewide registration for births and deaths started in 1892. General compliance year unknown.

County Clerk

  • Town clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records.
  • Clerk Superior Court has divorce records from 1852 and court records.
  • Register of Deeds has land records.
  • Probate Judge has probate records. [3]


Parent County

1838 - Created 20 March 1838 from parts of Cumberland, Oxford, Kennebec and Somerset counties [4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

Neighboring Counties

Oxford | Androscoggin | Kennebec | Somerset | Quebec counties: Frontenac County

Populated Places

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 census area:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Unorganized territories
  • For further details see Maine Townships.
  • East Central Franklin
    • Freeman (aka Little River Plantation)
    • Salem
    • Madrid
    • Twp 4 R1 Bingham's Kennebec Pur. W. of the Kennebec Riv. (Mt. Abram)
    • Township 1 R2 West of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Redington)
  • Mooselookmeguntic
  • North Franklin
    • Township 2 R3 West of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Lang)
    • Township 3 R3 West of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Davis)
    • Township 2 R4 West of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Tim Pond)
    • Township 3 R4 West of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Stetsontown)
    • Township 1 R5 West of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Jim Pond)
    • Township 2 R5 West of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Alder Stream)
  • North Franklin (continued..)
    • Township 3 R5 West of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Seven Ponds)
    • Township 1 R6 West of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Kibby)
    • Township 2 R6 West of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Chain of Ponds)
    • Township 3 R6 West of Bingham's Kennebec Pur. (Massachusetts Gore)
    • Township 1 R7 West of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Skinner)
    • Township 2 R7 West of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Merrill Strip)
    • Gore N. of Twp 2 & 3 R6 W. of Bingham's Kennebec Pur. (Coburn Gore)
    • Township 1 R8 West of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Lowelltown)
    • Township 2 R8 West of Bingham's Kennebec Purchase (Beattie)
    • Gore N. of Twp 1 R8 West of Bingham's Kennebec Pur. (Gorham Gore)

Plantations: Coplin Plantation | Dallas Plantation | Rangeley Plantation | Sandy River Plantation. For further details see Maine plantations.

Extinct Towns and Plantations:[6]  Berlin | Bloomfield Plantation | Freeman | Greenvale Plantation | Jackson Plantation | Jerusalem Plantation | Lang Plantation | Letter E Plantation | Little River Plantation | Madrid | Number 6 Plantation | Perkins Plantation | Salem | Washington Plantation | Wyman Township[7]



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
USGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Maine Cemeteries for more information.

Avon Valley Road Cemetery

Take the Avon Valley Road, off Route 4, in Avon. Go to the old school house. Cemetery is about 1/2 mile beyond the schoolhouse on the left. Can be seen from the road.

Day Mountain Cemetery

Located on Day Mountain Road near Avon/Temple Line. In Terrible Condition No Roads in to it. Must Hike About 2 1/2 Miles

Knott Burial Plot

On the left North of the Townhouse 1.4 miles South of Phillips Townline

Mile Square Cemetery

Dates after 1986 taken from Franklin Journal

Mount Blue Cemetery

Going North on Route #4 Take Left at Town House. Go 1.8 Miles Up The Hill. Cemetery On Left in Good Condition

Pease-Thompson Cemetery

Located On Route #4 Just South Of The Town House

Spinney Cementery

Cemetery located on State Route 4 about 1 mile West of the Strong Town line.

Sprague-Howland Cemetery

Leave Phillips On Route #149 South Toward Strong, Maine. Go 2.6 Miles, Cemetery Down Over the Banking On Right. In Pasture of "Old Voter Farm"

Carthage Cemetery

Leave Weld Village heading toward Carthage. Go about 3 miles to Podunk Pond Rd. Take this Rd. for about 3 miles onto Storer Hill. The Cemetery is on the left.

Storer Hill Cemetery

Leave Weld Village heading toward Carthage. Go about 3 miles toPodunk Pond Rd. Take this Rd. ofr about 1.5 miles onto Storer Hill. The Cemetery is on the left at the crest of the hill. Old fencing around cemetery.

Tainter Corner Cemetery

The Cemetery is located off Route 2 west of Wilton toward the Village of East Dixfield. Three (3) miles out of the East Dixfield toward Rumford is the Town Line between Wilton & Carthage. One (1) mile beyond the town line marker is a right turn. Take this turn - cemetery is located just a short distance on the right. Somewhat overgrown with stones broken and down. Old house beyond cemetery was onece the Tainter Corner Post Office.

Newman Cemetery

Berry Mills Cemetery

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 Maine denominations, view the Maine Church Records wiki page.

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration


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


Local histories are available for Franklin County, Maine 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 Maine Local Histories.


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Military Records

Revolutionary War
Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Franklin County, Maine Genealogy 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, Maine Genealogy:

- 1st Regiment, Maine Cavalry

Online Records

World War I



Maine Newspaper Archive. Indexes free; Digital page images $ (GenealogyBank $) Twenty-two early Maine 18th and 19th century newspapers, 1785-1898 online. Indexes (free); digital images ($). These newspapers are from Augusta, Bangor, Belfast, Brunswick, Castine, Eastport, Falmouth, Hallowell, Kennebunk, Portland, Saco and Wiscasset.

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Early Maine newspapers routinely reported on news, obituaries, births, marriages etc. from around the state. Be sure to search the indexes for all Maine newspapers to find your target ancestor.

Finding More Maine Newspapers

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

Probate Records

Online Probate Records


Maine tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records

In Maine, vital records are kept by town clerks or selectmen. Although some towns have existed since the 1650s, most vital records date from about 1700. The vital statistics are often arranged by family. For more information, see the Wiki page for the town and the Wiki page, Maine Vital Records.

Societies and Libraries

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.



  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Franklin County, Maine" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Maine."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Franklin County, Maine. Page 304-305 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 275.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 304, Franklin County, Maine. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Franklin_County, Maine," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Maine, accessed 4 March 2019.
  6. Before an extinct town (or plantation) was discontinued, it created official town records of interest to genealogists. For preservation these records were usually turned over to a nearby functioning town in the same county.
  7. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 97. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.