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Franklin County Alabama History and Profile:

Franklin County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of Benjamin Franklin, famous statesman, scientist, and printer. As of the 2006 census estimates, the population was 30,847. Its county seat is Russellville and it is a dry county.

Franklin County was established on February 6, 1818.

Colbert County was originally established on February 6, 1867 after it split from Franklin County over political issues after the American Civil War. It was abolished eight months later by an Alabama constitutional convention and then reestablished on February 24, 1870.

Many musicians and songwriters are from Franklin County including Billy Sherrill,Tammy Wynette,Ricky Pierce,Eddie Martin,Kerry Gilbert,and many others.

Source: Wikipedia

Cities and Towns of Franklin County, Alabama:

* Belgreen
* Hodges
* Phil Campbell
* Red Bay
* Russellville
* Vina


Franklin County Government

Franklin County Alabama Government – Official Site

Haleyville Public Library
913 20th Street
Haleyville, AL 35565

Weatherford Public Library
307 4th Avenue S
Red Bay, AL 35582

Franklin County Historic Places

Alabama Iron Works
Overton Farm

Franklin County Genealogy Resources

Franklin County Alabama GenWeb Project Site

Franklin County Alabama GenWeb Archives

Franklin County Genealogy page at KindredTrails

Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 1568
Huntsville, AL 35807

Vital Records

Franklin County Clerk
P.O. Box 1028
Russellville, AL 35653-1028
Phone: (256) 332-8850
Fax: (256) 332-8855

If you are outside the state of Alabama and are looking to request copies of vital records you must contact the statewide office of vital records:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
(334) 206-5418
Fax: (334) 262-9563

You can also call (334) 206-5418

There were no birth certificates prior to 1908, some counties may have recorded births in a ledger however. One way to search this centrally is by contacting:

Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Ave
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-4363

Birth and Death Records have been recorded in Alabama since 1908, Marriage Records since August 1936 and Divorces since 1950.


1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Transcription – Agricultural and Manufacturing Schedule

Tax Records


USGS listing of Cemeteries in Franklin County

Franklin County Cemetery Transcriptions
Cemetery Transcriptions (Although both are usgenweb this seems a slightly different listing.)

Query Forums

Genealogy Forums can be a great way to find other people that are researching the same ancestors as you are. Even if they may be not be researching the same direct line but related lines you may find information that is useful in your own research. Make sure to verify any other research that you add to your own research and try to document it well. If asking questions in genealogy forums it is good to provide as much information as possible and in the subject of the posting try to give name and a date or range of dates to help make your query more likely to be found. Posts with titles like “looking for family” or “help!” are too generic and something along the lines of “John Smith b. abt 1828 md. Hannah Jones” would be more helpful to get your post read by those that are interested in the John Smith/Hannah Jones family.

Franklin County, AL at

News Related to Franklin County, AL

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Inmate found dead in Franklin County Jail –

Inmate found dead in Franklin County Jail
Neither the Franklin County Sheriff's Office nor the county coroner could immediately comment to However, Sheriff Shannon Oliver told WHNT he believes the inmate died through asphyxiation. The case is officially classified as a death

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Franklin County woman dies at the scene after vehicle veers off road, hits … –

Franklin County woman dies at the scene after vehicle veers off road, hits
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Alabama – A 73-year-old Phil Campbell woman died Friday morning after her 2004 Chevrolet veered off the road and struck a ditch in Franklin County. State troopers report Opal Hester Allen was driving along County Road 81 three …

Missing Vina man’s body found in ravine –

Missing Vina man's body found in ravine
The Franklin County coroner's office would not confirm to a body was found, but investigators told media outlets at the scene family members of 58-year-old Gary Dale Johnson found his truck off Alabama 23 about two miles north of Vina.

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Willis earns professional certification – Franklin County Times

Willis earns professional certification
Franklin County Times
The Association of County Commissions of Alabama is pleased to announce that Mandi Willis, human resources director for Franklin County, has earned the Certificate in County Administration, a professional certification from the County Government …

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Earthquake detected in north Alabama, no damage reported –

Earthquake detected in north Alabama, no damage reported
alabama quake map 9.10.14 View full sizeA USGS map plotting the location of the small earthquake that hit in Franklin County on Tuesday night. The star represents the quake's epicenter, the white dot to the right of the star represents the city of

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13 INVESTIGATES: Where’s My Refund? – Alabama’

13 INVESTIGATES: Where's My Refund?
Just this week, September 9th at 10:59 P.M., Alabama had an earthquake. The US Geological Survey reports a quake happened in Franklin County. At magnitude 2.1, most people didn't feel it. Stronger quakes have rattled Alabama, though. Alabama's 13 …

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