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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.


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Franklin County, Vermont
Map
Map of Vermont highlighting Franklin County
Location in the state of Vermont
Facts
Founded November 5, 1792
County Seat Saint Albans
Courthouse
VermontFranklinCourthouse.jpg
Address Franklin County Courthouse
PO Box 808
Saint Albans , VT 05478
802-524-2739
802-524-3863
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
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 MapofUS.org 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
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
VTGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
VTGenWeb Archives
VTTombstone Project
VTInterment
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Vermont Cemeteries for more information.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Court records[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Land and Property[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Grand IsleOrleansQuebec, CanadaLamoilleChittendenVT FRANKLIN.PNG
Click a neighboring county
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 Records


A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Vermont, Franklin County Probates - 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]

Franklin Historical Society
Log Cabin Museum
Hanna Road
Franklin, VT
Phone: 802-285-6472

Berkshire Historical Society
2520 Richford Road
Richford, VT 05476
Phone: 802-848-3459
E-mail:jagljoweld@yahoo.com

Enosburgh Historical Society
PO Box 98
239 Main Street
Enosburg Falls, VT 05450
Phone: 802-933-4421

Fairfax Historical Society
PO Box 145
Fairfax, VT 05454
Phone: 802-849-6638
Website

Fairfield Historical Society
PO Box 5
Fairfield, VT 05455
Phone: 802-309-5076

Bakersfield Historical Society
Museum in former St George's Catholic Church, VT
Route 36 & VT Route 108
PO Box 70
Bakersfield, VT 05441
Phone: 802-827-3042
Website

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
Website

Highgate Historical Society
Museum
3181 VT Route 78
Highgate Center, VT
PO Box 222
Highgate Center, VT 05459
Phone: 802-868-4619

Isle La Motte Historical Society
Main Street and Quarry Road
PO Box 18
Isle La Motte, VT 05463
Phone: 802-928-3077
E-mail:gloilm@yahoo.com

Montgomery Historical Society
Pratt Hall
Route 118
PO Box 47
Montgomery Village, VT 05470
E-mail:pratthall@gmail.com
Website

Franklin and Grand Isle Counties Historical Societies
Website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Franklin, Vermont" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_County,_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, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_County,_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.