Franklin County, Ohio Genealogy

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

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Franklin County, Ohio
Map of Ohio highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of Ohio
Map of the U.S. highlighting Ohio
Location of Ohio in the U.S.
Address Franklin County Government Center
373 South High Street, 23rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
Franklin County Website
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Historical Facts

Beginning dates for major county records
*For earlier dates, try... Church | Obituaries | Cemeteries
  • Parent Counties: Formed from Ross and Wayne Counties and unorganized land in 30 March 1803.[1]
  • County Seat: Columbus
  • Neighboring Counties: Franklin County, Ohio Genealogy residents may also have records in [2]Delaware (north) · Pickaway (south) · Madison (west) · Union (northwest) · Fairfield (southeast)  · Licking (east)

Boundary Changes

  • Parts set off in a series of divisions:
    • 20 February 1805: Champaign
    • 10 February 1808: Delaware
    • 12 January 1810: Pickaway
    • 16 Febrary 1810: Madison
    • 10 January 1820: Union

See an interactive map of Franklin County boundary changes.

Record Loss

  • The 1820 US Federal Census is missing for Franklin County.


Bible Records



Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Family History Library


Names in Stone


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Ohio Gravestones

Names in Stone

See Ohio Cemeteries for more information.


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 Ohio denominations, view the Ohio Church Records wiki page.


Christ Lutheran Church, Columbus

  • Records of Christ Lutheran Church, Columbus, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Gehanna, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Finding Church Records at Other Repositories

Additional church records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Franklin County, Ohio Church Records in online catalogs like:

Court Records

Emigration and Immigration

Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Church Records
Cemetery Records
Court Records




  • Named for Benjamin Franklin.
  • The county was created just 2 months after Ohio became a state.
  • The county originally extended all the way to Lake Erie before the divisions.

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

Local History

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 Ohio Land and Property for additional information about early Ohio land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed. =====Finding More Land Records===== Additional land records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Franklin County, Ohio Genealogy Land and Property Records in online catalogs like:




Revolution, 1775-1783
Civil War, 1861-1865

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.

- 1st Regiment, Ohio Cavalry, Companies F and K
-1st Regiment, Ohio Heavy Artillery, Company C
- 113th Regiment, Ohio Infantry , Companies B, C, H, and I

Naturalization and Citizenship


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

To access newspapers, contact public libraries, Ohio Genealogical Society chapters, college or university libraries, the Library of Congress, Google News, or the Ohio Historical Society. The Ohio Genealogical Society Obituary Database is another source of newspaper information.

For more Ohio newspaper information see the Newspaper Guides on the wiki page Ohio Newspapers.
Online Newspapers
 Online Newspaper Abstracts
 Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form

  • Arlington News - a few full-text digital issues in Google News Archive from 2005




Probate records created after 1852 are held by the Franklin County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court. From 1797 or the creation of the county, probate records were held by the Court of Common Pleas. Most counties transferred all records to the Probate Court, but in some circumstances, Court of Common Pleas records should be searched for records prior to 1852. Most records are housed at the Franklin County, Ohio Genealogy Courthouse. Some records are on microfilm at the Ohio Genealogical Society and the Family History Library. For more complete information about the location of county probate records see:

See the wiki page Ohio Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

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 (1867-1908 only).

  • 1790–1967 - Ohio, Probate Records, 1790-1967 at FamilySearch Historical Records – free. This collection consists of probate records and estate files from county courthouses in Ohio. The content and time period varies by county, with more records being added as they become available. This Collection will include records from 1789 to 1996. Currently, (September 2012) the collection is only searchable by browsing the images. A list of Fires that have destroyed records in the courthouses of several counties are listed on the Record Description page.
Finding More Probate Records

Additional probate records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Franklin County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Records in online catalogs like:

Public Records



Franklin County Courthouse
3695 High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614.645.3600 

Probate Court has birth and death records before 1908,
marriage and probate records; Clerk Court has divorce
and court records from 1803; County Auditor has land records[1]

Family History Centers

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The main FamilySearch Center for Franklin County, Ohio Genealogy is the

For additional nearby Family History Centers, search online in the

FHC directory. Put your town name in the top search box.



Finding More Tax Records

Additional tax records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Franklin County, Ohio Genealogy Tax Records in online catalogs like:

Vital Records

Vital records consist of birth, death, marriage and divorce records. Although Ohio enacted a statute in 1856 -1857 requiring registration of births, deaths and marriages, many counties did not comply. A second law was written in 1867 but, again, was not always followed. By 1908, the law was more clearly defined and kept. Any existing birth and death records from 1867 through December 19, 1908 are located at the Franklin County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court. The Ohio Department of Health has birth records filed after December 20, 1908 and death records filed after January 1, 1954 while the Ohio Historical Society houses death records from December 20, 1908 through December 31, 1953.

Original marriage records are held at the office of the Franklin County, Ohio Genealogy Probate Court with divorce records located with the Franklin County, Ohio Genealogy Clerk of Courts.

See also How to order Ohio Vital Records or order vital records electronically online.


Online Birth Indexes and Records

Original Birth Records on Microfilm


Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm


Online Death Indexes and Records

Original Death Records on Microfilm

go to Hint: Enter name of the county, will narrow the search. Finding More Vital Records

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Franklin County, Ohio Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:

Additional vital records can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Franklin County, Ohio Genealogy Vital Records in online catalogs like:





  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002]. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "HBG" defined multiple times with different content
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Franklin County, Ohio" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia at,_Ohio (accessed 26 June 2013).
  3. Carol Willsey Bell, Ohio Wills and Estates to 1850: An Index (Columbus, Ohio: the author, 1981). FamilySearch Books Online - Free online copy.