Franklin County, Vermont Genealogy

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

Franklin County, Vermont
Map of Vermont highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of Vermont, United States Genealogy
Founded November 5, 1792
County Seat Saint Albans
Address Franklin County Courthouse
PO Box 808
Saint Albans , VT 05478
Fax: 802-524-7996

Franklin County Website

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Benjamin Franklin. The County is located in the northwest area of the state. [1]

Franklin County, Vermont Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
at town creation at town creation at town creation 1900 1797 1796 1790
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1857. General compliance year is unknown.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has divorce and court records from 1900; Town Clerks have birth, marriage, death, burial and land; Probate Judge has probate records.

Towns Organized Before 1800:
Bakersfield 1791

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Franklin County, Vermont

Berkshire 1781
Enosburg 1780
Fairfax 1763
Fairfield 1763
Fletcher 1781
Franklin 1789
Georgia 1763
Highgate 1763
Montgomery 1789
Richford 1780
Sheldon 1763
Swanton 1763
St. Albans 1763 [3]

Quick Facts[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

9 November 1802, Grand Isle County set off.

For animated maps illustrating Vermont County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Vermont County Boundary Maps" (1764-1895) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated places[edit | edit source]

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 county:[4]

VermontFranklin CountyOrleans CountyLamoille CountyChittenden CountyGrand Isle CountyQuebecFlecherFairfaxGeorgiaSaint AlbansSaint Albans CitySwantonHighgateFranklinSheldonFairfieldBakersfieldEnosburgBerkshireRichfordMontgomeryJayTroyWestfieldLowellCraftsburyHyde ParkEdenJohnsonMorristownCambridgeWatervilleBelvidereUnderhillWestfordEssexColchesterMiltonSouth HeroGrand IsleNorth HeroIslela MottAlburgLacolleLacolleSaint ValentinSaint PaulNoyanHenry VilleSaint-Georges-de-ClarencevilleSaint SebastienVenise-enSaint PierreStanbridge StationSaint ArmandBedfordStanbridgeDunhamFrelighsburgAbercornSuttonPotton
Modern town borders in Franklin County, Vermont.

Towns and City

Extinct Town:Smithfield [5]

Villages: • Enosburg Falls • Swanton

Neighboring Counties

Chittenden | Grand Isle | Lamoille | Orleans | Brome, Quebec | Missisquoi, Quebec

Resources[edit | edit source]

Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
VTGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
VTGenWeb Archives FamilySearch Places
VTTombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Vermont Cemeteries for more information.

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1800 8,282
1810 16,615 100.6%
1820 17,192 3.5%
1830 24,525 42.7%
1840 24,531 0.0%
1850 28,586 16.5%
1860 27,231 −4.7%
1870 30,291 11.2%
1880 30,225 −0.2%
1890 29,755 −1.6%
1900 30,198 1.5%
1910 29,866 −1.1%
1920 30,026 0.5%
1930 29,975 −0.2%
1940 29,601 −1.2%
1950 29,894 1.0%
1960 29,474 −1.4%
1970 31,282 6.1%
1980 34,788 11.2%
1990 39,980 14.9%
2000 45,417 13.6%
2010 47,746 5.1%
Source: "".

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court records[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Early migration routes to and from Franklin County for European settlers included:[6]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Regiments and Companies:

- 2nd Regiment, Vermont Infantry
- 13th Regiment, Vermont Infantry
- 5th Regiment, Vermont Infantry, Company A and C

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Indexes and Records

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Vermont, Franklin County Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Town Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

See also How to order Vermont Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for the following Vermont certificates:

Downloadable applications from Vermont Department of Health.

Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

See also a List of Vermont Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical and Genealogical Societies

Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

  • Bakersfield Historical Society
    80 East Bakersfield Rd.
    P.O. Box 70
    Bakersfield, VT 05441
  • Georgia Historical Society
    Brick Museum, Georgia Center
    Gordon's Mill Ag Museum
    Georgia Library
    US Rte 7 @ I-89 Exit 18
    PO Box 2072
    Georgia, VT 05468
  • Highgate Historical Society
    3181 VT Route 78
    PO Box 222
    Highgate Center, VT 05459

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Franklin, Vermont" in,_Vermont accessed 6 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Franklin County, Vermont . Page 698-699 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), 686-687.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 698. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Franklin_ County,_Vermont," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Vermont accessed 24 October 2019.
  5. Michael J. Leclerc, Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012), 395. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 974 D27g 2012.
  6. Handybook, 847-61.