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Franklin County, Mississippi Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Meadville
Organized: 21 December 1809
Parent County(s): Adams[1]
Neighboring Counties
Adams  • Amite  • Jefferson  • Lincoln  • Wilkinson
See County Maps
Location Map
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County Information


This county was named for Benjamin Franklin. Franklin County is located in the southeast area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse

Franklin County Courthouse
PO Box 297
Meadville, MS 39653
Phone: 601-384-2330
Franklin County Website

Clerk Chancery Court has court, land and probate records.
Clerk Circuit Court has military records.[3]
Clerk Circuit Court also has marriage records.

Franklin County, Mississippi Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1 Nov 1912 1825 1 Nov 1912 1836 1842 1842 1810
*Statewide registration started in Nov 1912 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1921.

Record Loss

1877 Some records were lost in a fire.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes

  • 1809 Franklin County was created 21 December 1809 from Adams County.
  • County seat: Meadville[5]

For animated maps illustrating Mississippi county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Mississippi County Boundary Maps" (1785-1918) may be viewed for free at the website.

See Mississippi: Individual County Chronologies, Atlas of Historical County Boundaries

Populated Places

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:[6]

Unincorporated communities

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Franklin County, Mississippi online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Mississippi Cemeteries for more information


Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 2,016
1820 3,821 89.5%
1830 4,622 21.0%
1840 4,775 3.3%
1850 5,904 23.6%
1860 8,265 40.0%
1870 7,498 −9.3%
1880 9,729 29.8%
1890 10,424 7.1%
1900 13,678 31.2%
1910 15,193 11.1%
1920 14,156 −6.8%
1930 12,268 −13.3%
1940 12,504 1.9%
1950 10,929 −12.6%
1960 9,286 −15.0%
1970 8,011 −13.7%
1980 8,208 2.5%
1990 8,377 2.1%
2000 8,448 0.8%
2010 8,118 −3.9%
Source: "".

For tips on accessing Franklin County census records online, see: Mississippi Census.

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 Mississippi denominations, view the Mississippi Church Records wiki page.
List of Churches and Church Parishes

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Franklin

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

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 Mississippi Land and Property for additional information about early Mississippi land ownership. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Franklin County. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section Mississippi Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers

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for more resources


Military Records

Civil War

Regiments. Men in 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:

- 4th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry
Company I - Stockdale Rangers
- 7th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Company A - Franklin Rifles
Company K - Quitman Rifles
Company E - Franklin Beauregards

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship



Other Records


Probate Records

Probate records are held by the Franklin County, Mississippi Genealogy Clerk of Court and are housed at the Franklin County, Mississippi Genealogy Courthouse. Microfilmed records can be found online at Mississippi Probate Records, 1781-1930. See the wiki page Mississippi 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, and adoptions.

Online Records

School Records

Social Security Records

Tax Records

Mississippi tax records replace missing censuses and provide lists of residents during years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years. For more information, see Mississippi Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. Mississippi law did not require keeping birth or death records until 1912. Births and deaths are kept by the Mississippi Bureau of Vital Statistics. Marriage records are kept by the county. See also How to order Mississippi Vital Records or order electronically online.

See Mississippi Vital Records for more information on getting Mississippi records.





Research Facilities


Listed below are archives in Franklin County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Mississippi Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries


Listed below are libraries in Franklin County. For state-wide library facilities, see Mississippi Archives and Libraries.



Listed below are societies in Franklin County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Mississippi Societies.


Research Guides


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Franklin, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Mississippi."
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Franklin County, Mississippi . Page 378-384 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), 379-381.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mississippi.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Franklin County, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Mississippi, Last accessed 15 September 2019.