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General information about Franklin County

Early in it's history, Franklin County appears to have been part of the Cherokee Tract. Some people who later said they were born in "Indian Territory" might have actually been born in the Cherokee Tract. Then it was part of Pulaski County, along with that part that was to become Crawford, and the Indians for-the-most-part appear to have moved west and northwest into the Lovely Purchase. In 1828 by treaty the Indian lands in Arkansas were given up for seven million acres west of the current Arkansas boundary. This land was the "Lovely Purchase". This act of 1828 is the method, on the Federal Bureau of Land Management's patent search site, by which you can find people who 'said' they were living in Lovely County during the time when they were forced to leave.

Franklin County was created Dec 1837 out of Crawford County.

Survey of Extant Records - by Will Johnson (updated June 2006)
Survey of Extant Records - by Will Johnson (updated June 2006)
Fires The courthouse in Franklin caught on fire 10 Jan 1944, but I'm unsure of what was lost if anything.
County CourtThe "County and Probate" Court Minutes start 1838. In Jan 1840 they were split into two courts. County Court Minutes are complete through at least 1850, I did not look further
Probate CourtFrom Jan 1838 to Jan 1840 these were combined with the County Court and are complete. The seperate Probate Court Minutes start in Jan 1840. These are complete through at least 1855, I did not look further
Other Probate
Documents
There are also Administration Bonds, Annual Administration Reports, Loose Probate Files, and Probate Court Docket. Virginia McPhail has published a book of abstracts of the Loose Probate Files, called "Probate Papers". For the other items listed here, I have not yet surveyed these
MarriagesThe marriage book starts at the end of 1849. There was at least one marriage in Franklin before 1849 as I have a newspaper abstract stating it, so the first book of marriages must have been lost.
CensusThe first census of Franklin was in 1840 before that see the 1830 Crawford out of which Franklin was formed.
Deed IndexFor original Federal grants see Bureau of Land Management website. For the county, there is an index to deeds that starts in 1838, but appears to be spotty and I have yet to locate the actual deeds. This may mean the first deed book and associated indexes were lost and what I'm seeing is a later recreation.
DeedsFor original Federal grants see Bureau of Land Management website. For the county, the first deeds I can find start in 1849.
Tax RecordsCounty tax records that I can find start in 1845, but Goodspeed's purports to list assessments from 1839, I cannot find the underlying source for that.
Circuit CourtThe first circuit court records start in 1852, its not yet clear if this means something was lost, or if the circuit court didn't exist before 1852 or was combined in some other court.
Birth/DeathBirth and death certificates were not required in Arkansas until 1914, and I haven't found anything to indicate Franklin County required these any earlier. The county has maybe 50 to 100 delayed birth certicates that discuss births which predate this year. These documents actually mostly were generated *after* 1914, but they did require some sort of *proofs* to claim birth, so can, in some cases, be very useful.
TombstonesAll tombstones appear to have been extracted by Virginia McPhail in two or three books, of which I have one called "North of Arkansas River"

Franklin County, Arkansas Biographies

Where some immigrants came from
Goodspeed's biographies

Franklin County, Arkansas Censuses and lists (including parent counties)

Reconstructed 1820 Arkansas Census - For this information email me
1821 Crawford County, Arkansas Tax List
1828 Lovely County, Arkansas emigrants
1828 Crawford County, Arkansas Tax List
1829 Sheriff's Census of Crawford County, Arkansas (one page)
1830 Census Crawford County, Arkansas
Township Changes from 1830 to 1840 - READ THIS!

Franklin County, Arkansas Census

1840 Census Franklin County, Arkansas in USGenWeb Format
1840 Census Franklin County, Arkansas annotated
1850 Census Franklin County, Arkansas- Incomplete at USGenWeb (missing pages 143A through 147 plus slave schedules)
Click here for my extract of the missing 1850 census pages
1860 Census Mulberry, Franklin County, Arkansas - Annotated.

Head of household (HOH) Complete name, age and birthstate only lists
1860 Census Franklin County, Arkansas - HTML
1870 Census White Rock, Franklin County, Arkansas

Head of household (HOH) Surname only lists
1860 Census Franklin County, Arkansas
1870 Census Franklin County, Arkansas

Township and page number guides
1850 Census Franklin County, Arkansas - Page number exact guide.
1880 Census Franklin County, Arkansas - Page number exact guide.
1900 Census Franklin County, Arkansas - Township and District listing.
1910 Census Franklin County, Arkansas - Township and District listing.
1920 Census Franklin County, Arkansas - Township and District listing.
1930 Census Franklin County, Arkansas - Township and District listing.

Franklin County, Arkansas Cemeteries

Berkley Cemetery
Jackson Cemetery - Annotated
Pond Creek Cemetery - Annotated
Cemeteries offsite

Franklin County, Arkansas Court Records

Prior to Jan 1840, the County and Probate Court put their minutes in the same book
Below are some links to various indexes I've made of these books.
The complete Probate Court Minutes are also available for sale in book form. The books contain the complete minutes, not just indexes.
These minutes cover the period from when the county was formed Dec 1837 until Dec 1850.
And the book is for sale for $20.
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County and probate Court minutes
Probate court minutes index 1840-1850 (first book of the seperate Probate Court)
Probate packets (index to loose) 1838-1880
Administrator's Records 1840-1850
Divorces 1844-1861

Franklin County, Arkansas Family Records

Booth / Eppler

Franklin County, Arkansas Family Trees

Research of Will Johnson in Ancestral World Tree

Franklin County, Arkansas Land Records

First holders of land in 10N-29W
An experiment at layout for First holders of land in 10N-29W

Franklin County, Arkansas Map

Sketch of Trammel's Trace
Map with townships shown
Parent site for that map
County formation map for Arkansas

Franklin County, Arkansas Message boards

Franklin County, Arkansas board at Ancestry
Franklin County, Arkansas board at Genforum

Franklin County, Arkansas Military Records

Secession and pensions, Civil War
Index to Arkansas 1911 census of Confederate veterans, A-D
Index to Arkansas 1911 census of Confederate veterans, E-Mc
Index to Arkansas 1911 census of Confederate veterans, M-Z
WW1 Draft Registration

Franklin County, Arkansas Newspapers

Earliest newspaper

Franklin County, Arkansas Genealogy Sources

The Mormon Holdings

Franklin County, Arkansas Tax Records

Extant Tax Records

Franklin County, Arkansas Vital Records

Franklin County, Arkansas Birth Records

"Arkansas Prior Birth Indes" Vol. I,II,& III
Published by the Arkansas Genealogical Society which can be found online.
It is around $20 but although it contains 100,000 records,
only 2,354 are for Franklin County.

Franklin County, Arkansas Death Records

Deaths 1914-1923
Deaths 1924-1933 For these email me
Deaths 1934-1940 For these email me
Deaths 1940-1948 For these email me

Franklin County, Arkansas Marriage Records

There are a few marriages celebrated in Franklin, Crawford
and prior to that Pulaski, in the newspaper abstracts, prior to 1849.
For this information, email me
1849-1883 Marriages

Library

Franklin County Library
407 West Market Street
Ozark, AR 72949
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