Franklin Co, VA, Homepage

           Franklin Co, VA Genealogy 

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on the Internet.
   Our goal is to provide a web site specializing in the genealogy in Virginia
with an emphasis on genealogy at the county level

Rena Worthen, County Coordinator

Tribute to Barbara Stanley

To Make Suggestions, Corrections or Comments

Updated May 23, 2010 by

Rena Worthen


African American Genealogy Websites - Virginia

AfriGeneas~ African Ancestored Genealogy
The web's premier African American genealogy destination.
Transcriptions, databases, message boards, chats and much, much more.

African American Cemeteries Online
The oldest and largest African American cemetery transcription site


Bible Records

Nathaniel Peter Angle (1828)
Buford Charles Wills (1806)


Un-Identified Photos from Roger Rigney

Photos of Endicott
by Linda Jo Sheahan


Photos from Researcher's Picnic
June 25, 2005
Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Floyd County, Virginia


Photos by Ken and Margo Brown


         Formation of Virginia Counties




County Formation Maps
1617-Present Day

Virginia Census Maps
1790 - 1930

  E-Mail distribution list, for Franklin Co Genealogy

Posting is limited to subscribers.
Instructions on subscribing/unsubscribing and posting to the list

Miscellaneous Franklin County Files


Daniel Perdue's Inquest

Daniel Perdue Sale




1850 Franklin County, Virginia

Formation Dates

Cities and Counties of Virginia Formation Dates






Perdue Marriages 1

Perdue Marriages 2


Place Names

Resources at RootsWeb

Franklin County, Virginia

Revolutionary War PENSION Applications



By Harold Milton Morris, Jr.
Franklin County Pride

Tax Lists

1786 Franklin Co., Va. Personal Property Tax List

Franklin County, Virginia Tax Lists 1790/1800

Historical & Background Items of Interest

Rocky Mount, the county seat, was for nearly 100 years, two rival villages,
Rocky Mount and Mount Pleasant, combined in 1873.
The county was named for Benjamin Franklin
who was a popular hero in 1785 when the county was organized

Rocky Mount, Virginia History

.Jubal A. Early, Preservation Trust, Inc.
Rocky Mount, Virginia

Blue Ridge Institute and Museum

New River Notes
Franklin County at New River Notes

Franklin County in War Time
A Community History
By Mrs. W. C. Menefee

American Legion - 1924
Franklin Post No. 6
Rocky Mount, Va.

Franklin County Deaths in World War II

World War II Casualties
Army and Airforce
Franklin County, Virginia
  1786 Personal Property Tax List

Political Graveyard
Franklin County, Virginia

Biographies and Research

Abshire, Christian; Franklin County Timeline

Brown, John Robert, 1842-1927

Claiborne, Nathaniel Herbert, 1777-1859

Harrell, Chester, b. 1756

Janney, Descendants of Isaac Janney
and Hannah Jackson

Johnson, Patrick

Lee, Stephen and others of interest

Prunty, Barnabas

Prunty, Robert, 1750-1824

 Radford, James Tazewell, 1768-1851

Rives, Burwell, 1762-1811

Saunders, Edward Watts, 1860-1921

Staley, Isaac, 1812-1887

Tiger Map of Franklin County

Genealogical and Historical Societies

Franklin County Historical Society and History Museum

95 Floyd Ave.  (Retail Merchants Building)

P.O. Box 905
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
Telephone (540) 483-1890 or (540) 483-9211

Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily - closed Wednesday and Sunday.
No admission charge, donations welcome.
Rare oil paintings,  photographs, liquor distilling memorabilia including "recipes",
documents,  railroad items, old postcards, glassware, more.
Call before traveling as we are operated by volunteers,
540-483-9211 or 483-1890. Second floor, accessed by stairs only.
Compliments  research library on the first floor
Library and Store .
The library has many family histories,  historical publications found no where else.
Historical publications, items  for sale.
Franklin County Historical Society provides research assistance.
Our volunteers do the work and all money collected goes into our operating fund.
We request a donation of $20 per hour for research -
plus copying fees (25 cents for copies from our holdings and those at the public library -
50 cents for courthouse copies).
Gift Shop


Bassett Historical Center

3964 Fairystone Park Highway

Bassett, VA 24055

Phone: (276) 629-9191
Fax: (276) 629-9840
Pat Ross, Director History-Genealogy Department
Regular Hours,
Mon, Wed, & Thu: 10:00 am to 6 pm; Tue: 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm Fri & Sat: 10:00am to 2:00 pm
The Bassett collection is one of the best in the Piedmont and in southwestern Virginia

The Historical Center is a separate branch of the Blue Ridge Regional Library and not a department of the Bassett Branch Library. We are in different buildings and have different directors and staff.


The Southside Virginian

is a quarterly magazine for the Southside Virginia counties.
Their stated list of counties includes Franklin Co.
Subscriptions are on a calendar year basis at $22.00 ($24.00 after March 1st of each year).
The Soutside Virginian
P.O. Box 3684
Drawer VGS96
Richmond, VA 23235-678


SouthEastern Genealogy Online

Home Page

State of Virginia

VA-NC Piedmont Genealogical Society

Surname Register

NEW !!

ADD your SURNAME to the Register of Researchers' Names

(Here Are Surnames posted BEFORE Jan. 24, 2003)

Virginia Surname Homepage Register

Also, consider registering it with the others at
Virginia Surname Homepage Register

Franklin Co Families

Researcher's WebPages

If you have a WebPage, covering your Franklin Co Families, send the surnames and URL to me,

Rena and I'll post it.


 Franklin County, Virginia Message Boards

Queries Beginning June 16, 1999

At the above web page choose "View Message Type" to read and post the following
Cemetery Cemetery Project

Will Wills and other Transcriptions


Queries to Sept. 3, 2000
Visit our OLD Query Page, and see if you can help your fellow researchers

Death Certificate

Books for Sale & Lookup

Check out the list of
Franklin County books currently available for sale from various vendors
New !  "The Ross Family - Beginning 1734 in Hanover County, Virginia" by Ross Chappell
or for which
Lookup Offers
have been made. Let me post your books here if you're willing to assist others.

Virginia Family Reunions

Family Reunion page, where folks can post information on upcoming family reunions in VA.
Let the folks there know about yours. Other StatePages will have this feature as well.

Virginia USGenWeb Archives

Links to Every County in the Virginia USGenWeb Archives
 Census Project · Map Project · Obits Project · Pension Project · Virgina Penny Postcards ·
Virginia Tombstone Photos
 Search Virginia Files · Search U.S. Files · Contributing Documents ·
Virginia Historical Photos · Recent Uploads

Franklin County Specific Files in the Archive

There may be something there of interest, and files are being added daily.
Please help us get more information online for everyong to share. Visit often to see what we've added.
Or use the USGenWeb Archive Search Engine, State-by-State

Documents and Research

Where to Write for Virginia Vital Statistics

This WebSite has addresses for both state and counties


 Franklin County Courthouse
County Clerk
275 South Main Street , Suite 280
Rocky Mount, Virginia.
(540) 483-3065


Franklin County Public Library

355 Franklin Street Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
(540) 483-3098 Fax: (540) 483-6652

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday  8-.30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday


Franklin County Historical Society and History Museum

95 Floyd Ave. (Retail Merchants Building)
P.O. Box 905
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
Telephone (540) 483-1890 or 483-9211


Franklin County Research
$10 per hour, 1/2 hour minimum.
Courthouse copies are 50 cents per page.
"Genealogy without documentation is mythology"
I only research actual documents at the Franklin County Court House and
information that can be verified.  I have many years experience researching
and I have transcribed about 20 books from old records. References upon request.
Most research at the courthouse can be handled in 1-2 hours, depending on
the scope of the request and the records available.
I also have a file of the Franklin County records in the Archives in
Richmond that would be of interest to Franklin County researchers.
Research charge is the same.
Contact me at:

Franklin County, Virginia

Geography - Demographics - Cities and Towns

Climbing the Web

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Shortcuts to Neighboring Counties

Montgomery Co      Roanoke Co      Bedford Co
Floyd Co           Franklin Co     Pittsylvania Co
Patrick Co         Henry Co

Virginia Counties Evolution Chart


Ancestor Counties

Formation of
Franklin County, Virginia
Formed in 1785
              |                                                          |
          Pittsylvania-1766                              Albemarle-1744_____Lunenburg-1746
              |                                                 |                 |
           Halifax-1752                          Goochland-1727__Louisa-1742   Brunswick-1720
              |                                       |              |            |
          Lunenburg-1746                        Henrico-1634    Hanover-1720  Prince George-1702
              |                               (original shire)       |            |
          Brunswick-1720                                       New Kent-1654  Charles City-1634
              |                                                      |         (original shire)
         Prince George-1702                                      York-1642
              |                                                      |
         Charles City-1634                                  Charles River-1634
         (original shire)                             (name changed to York in 1642)

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