Franklin County Records include:

  • Franklin County Land Records: from 1786

    Franklin County Naturalization Records: none

  • Franklin Vital Records: births and deaths from 1853; marriages from 1785

  • Franklin Probate Records: from 1786

  • Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Franklin County, Virginia. Page 713

Franklin County History

Franklin County was formed in 1786 with land from Bedford, Henry, and Patrick Counties.

“In the 1740’s, pioneers traveling by river and road from Eastern Virginia and Maryland, and Scotch-Irish and German families coming down the Carolina Road (originally known as the Great Indian Warrior Path) settled in what would become Franklin County, then the western-most county in Virginia.  The County was formed in 1786 from parts of Bedford and Henry Counties by an act of the General Assembly.  It was named for Benjamin Franklin, the governor of Pennsylvania, where many settlers originated.”

“The County lies in the western piedmont, a diverse terrain ranging from flatlands on the east to rugged peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the west.  The area was home to native Americans as early as 10,000 B.C.  In the 1600’s an eastern Siouan tribe inhabited the region.  Indian relics, arrowheads and artifacts found throughout the County remind us of the original settlers.”

“History of Franklin County.” Franklin County. Accessed February 27, 2017.

GENEALOGY  The Franklin County Public Library features the research of Mrs. Gertrude Mann, housed in a local history room that bears her name. Other genealogy sources available at the public library include the Raney Collection, which is family files from Franklin, Bedford, and Pittsylvania Counties; and the Garrett Collection on microfilm, which deals with families from the southern part of Franklin County and Henry County. A large number of published volumes, census records, maps, and CD-ROMs round out the collection. Contact: Dorothy Hodges



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