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Guide to Franklin County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Franklin County, Texas
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Founded 6 March, 1875
County Seat Mount Vernon
Courthouse
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Address Franklin County Courthouse
PO Box 68
Mount Vernon, TX 75457
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Judge Benjamin C. Franklin, the first appointed justice in the Republic of Texas. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Franklin County Courthouse
PO Box 68
Mount Vernon, TX 75457
Phone: 903.537.4252

County Clerk has divorce, records from 1884,
birth and death records from 1903, marriage
and probate records from 1875 and land records
from 1846[2]

County Clerk

200 N. Kaufman
Mt. Vernon 75457
Phone: 903-537-2342(Ext: 2)

District Clerk

P.O. Box 750
Mt. Vernon 75457
Phone: 903-537-8337

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1875 1903 1875 1846 1875 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.


History[edit | edit source]

1836--The first settlers arrived in 1836.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1875--Franklin County was created 6 March 1875 from Titus County.

  • County seat: Mount Vernon [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

See an interactive map of Franklin County border changes.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

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:[5]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Camp  • Delta  • Hopkins  • Lamar  • Red River  • Titus  • Wood

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
BillionGraves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
BillionGraves TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18805,280
18906,48122.7%
19008,67433.8%
19109,3317.6%
19209,304−0.3%
19308,494−8.7%
19408,378−1.4%
19506,257−25.3%
19605,101−18.5%
19705,2913.7%
19806,89330.3%
19907,80213.2%
20009,45821.2%
201010,60512.1%


Church[edit | edit source]

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/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.


Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

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

Maps[edit | edit source]

Red River CountyTitus CountyCamp CountyWood CountyHopkins CountyDelta CountyLamar CountyTX FRANKLIN.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.

Military[edit | edit source]

Mexican-American War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

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 places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Franklin County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1563
110 E. Main St.
Mt. Vernon, Texas 75457
Telephone Number: 903-537-3931
website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county
  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Franklin County, Texas," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_County,_Texas. accessed 08/09/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Franklin County, Texas. Page 664 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Franklin County, Texas . Page 658-677 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), 655-665.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Franklin County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_County,_Texas, accessed 9 April 2019.

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