Franklin County, Georgia Genealogy

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

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Franklin County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of Georgia
Founded February 25, 1784
County Seat Carnesville
Address Franklin County Courthouse
Courthouse Square
PO Box 159
Carnesville, GA 30521
Phone: 706.384.2483
Franklin County Website

Franklin County Georgia Courthouse

Clerk Superior Court has divorce and court records from 1900
and land records from 1860; some reccords prior to 1850 in
Georgia Archives[1]

Franklin County Georgia History

Parent County

1784--Franklin County was created 25 February 1784 from Creek Indian Lands.
County seat: Carnesville[2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Franklin County Georgia Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Franklin County Georgia Genealogy Resources



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 Georgia denominations, see the Georgia Church Records wiki page.



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 Georgia Land and Property for additional information about early Georgia land grants from the government. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions (generally buying and selling deeds) were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

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



Civil War
  • Ledford, Karen Ann Thompson. These Men Wore Grey Genealogical, Military, and Interment Records of Confederate Soldiers. (Toccoa, Georgia : K.T. Ledford, c1998-c2001), 7 Volumes. Each volume contains bibliographical references and full-name index. Contents: v. 1. Franklin County -- v. 2. Habersham County --v. 3. Stephens County -- v. 4. Rabun County --v. 5. White County -- v. 6. Banks County -- v. 7. Jackson County. Book found at FHL 975.8 V3L and Other Libraries.


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


Colonial courts kept some early probate records.  From 1777 to 1798 and since 1852, the court of ordinary or register of probates has kept probate and guardianship records.  The inferior court handled probate and guardianship matters from 1798 to 1852.

Many probate records to the 1930s and 1940s are at the Georgia Department of Archives and History and the Family History Library on microfilm.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records (not all years).

The organization Strictly By Name provides free online indexes to early Franklin County probate records. They offer a record retrieval service to photocopy and transcribe microfilm copies of the original documents for a small fee. Available indexes:

    1. Digital Images of Wills 1786-1813. See list of testators. {  Georgia Pioneers]


Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Georgia State Department of Health , the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred or order electronically online..

For some online statewide indexes, see the FamilySearch Historical Record Collections for Georgia.

  • 1805-1850 - Franklin County Marriage Index 1805-1850. Batch M712871 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1847-1882 - Franklin County Marriage Index 1847-1882. Batch M712872 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1881-1895 - Franklin County Marriage Index 1881-1895. Batch M712873 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1893-1895 - Franklin County Marriage Index 1893-1895. Batch M712874 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1859-60 - Franklin County, Georgia Genealogy Mortality Schedules at Ancestry ($).

Franklin County Georgia Genealogy Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers 

Franklin County Georgia Genealogy Websites

Franklin County Georgia Genealogy References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Franklin County, Georgia. Page 155 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at