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Revision as of 15:35, 30 April 2014

United States Gotoarrow.png Arkansas Gotoarrow.png Franklin County [[Image:Template:ARFranklinScenicLookout]]

Guide to Franklin County Arkansas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Franklin County, Arkansas
Map
Map of Arkansas highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Location of Arkansas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 19, 1837
County Seat Ozark
Courthouse
Address Franklin County Courthouse
211 W Commercial Street
Ozark, AR 72949
Phone: 501.667.3607


County Courthouse

Franklin County Courthouse
211 W Commercial Street
Ozark, AR 72949
Phone: 501.667.3607

County Clerk has marriage records from 1850, probate records from 1838 and land records from 1899.[1]

Beginning years for Franklin County, Arkansas Genealogy government records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Court Land Probate
1914* 1850 1914* 1852 1837 1838
*State birth and death records began in 1914. Limited compliance until 1920's

History

Parent County

  • 1837--Franklin County was created 19 December 1837 from Crawford County.  County seat: Ozark [3]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Arkansas county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Arkansas County Boundary Maps" (1813-1925) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.


Variant Spellings

Record Loss

There are no known marriage records from Franklin County between 1837 and late in 1849, apparently the first marriage book must have been destroyed. For a list of record loss in Arkansas counties see: Arkansas Counties with Burned Courthouses


Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Crawford  • Johnson  • Logan  • Madison  • Sebastian

Franklin CountyJohnson CountyLogan CountySebastian CountyCrawford CountyWashington CountyMadison CountyNewton CountyPope CountyYell CountyScott CountyBenton CountyCarroll CountyBoone CountyAdair CountySequoyah CountyCherokee CountyLe Flore CountyMaskell CountyDelaware CountyARFranklin.JPG

Genealogy Resources

Research Guides

African Americans

Bible Records

Cemeteries

Census

Church Records

Court

Genealogy

  • Family biographies from The History of Franklin County, Arkansas (1889) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.

Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for {{{1}}} County. They may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. Click for a brief Timeline History of the county. For more about local histories, see Arkansas Local Histories.

History Timeline

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Arkansas County - The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture [1]

  • The area that became Franklin County has been inhabited since the end of the Ice Age, about 12,000 BC. Paleoindians hunted and gathered wild plants and other resources.
  • 1819-1828 - By treaty, the Cherokee controlled the county
  • 1828 - the Cherokee were removed to Indian Territory and the area was opened to settlement, people came from Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, and surrounding states.
  • 1837 December 19 - was formed from Crawford County.
  • 1875 - The railroad came to Franklin County, and towns grew up along the line.
  • 1880s - The climate and terrain in northern Franklin County were suited to grape growing, and a group of Swiss and German farmers came to Altus and established wineries.

Maps

Military

Civil War

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


- 7th Battalion, Arkansas Infantry (Desha) (Confederate)
- 34th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company I
- 35th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry (Confederate), Company E

Naturalization

Newspapers

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


Occupations

Probate Records

  • Probate Records 1835-1958 Part of: Arkansas Probate Records, 1817-1979 FamilySearch Historical Collections (Free, browse images)
    • Includes Administration and guardian record index no date; Administration bonds 1866-1918; Administration bonds and letters 1891-1935; Administration settlements 1866-1878; Chancery Court records 1891-1953; County Court records 1847-1860; General index 1852-1890; Guardian bonds and letters 1891-1940; Guardian settlements 1866-1891; Letters of administration 1865-1918; Letters of testamentary 1865-1936; Minutes 1870-1874; Probate packet index 1835-1958; Probate packets 1835-1958; Probate record index 1860-1898; Probate records 1838-1915; Wills 1892-1947.

Taxation

Vital Records

See also How to order Arkansas Vital Records

Birth
  • 1947-1965 - Franklin County Birth Index 1947-1965. Batch C744007 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
Marriage
Death
  • 1954 - Franklin County Death Index 1954. Batch B000456 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
Vital Record Substitutes

Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records
ARGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Sites that search for links pertaining to Franklin County, Arkansas Genealogy
RootsWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS.com Free family history resources and government records
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Franklin County, Arkansas Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
Arkansas History Commission AR state agency involved in organizing and maintaining state and local history of AR
See also local libraries and Arkansas Archives and Libraries

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002), p. 67.
  2. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 65-67. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Desmond Walls Allen, Third Arkansas Union Cavalry, (Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1987), pp. 33-92. FHL book 976.7 M28dc
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/0/0d/Igiarkansasem.pdf.
  6. FamilySearch Wiki contributors, "Arkansas County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)," in FamilySearch Wiki, accessed 18 April 2013.