Franklin County, Kentucky Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Franklin County Courthouse, Frankfort, Ky.


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



Kentucky cemetery records often identify birth, death, relationship, and military information, as well as religious affiliation. Local volunteers through Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness may take photographs of headstones found in county cemeteries.

  • Kentucky Historical Society Cemetery Search can be searched by name, place and/or date.  This database has hundreds of thousands of names transcribed from gravestones across Kentucky. 
  • Find A Grave can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried.  Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone.  May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
  • Kentucky Cemeteries lists the national cemeteries in Kentucky with links to their web sites. The first link under Online Kentucky Cemeteries goes to the Kentucky section of
  • Franklin Co. KY USGenWeb Tombstone Project usually gives the names of the deceased in alphabetical order by last name with birth and death dates plus any remarks. 


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):

Kentucky Historical Society (Frankfort):

Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (Frankfort):

  • 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).