Franklin co. IAGenWeb

Local, State & Internet Resources
for Franklin County Researchers

Although every attempt has been made to be accurate, all of the information given on this page should be confirmed by the researcher.

Franklin County was created from Chickasaw County in 1851 but not organized until 1855. Researchers should check Chickasaw and Hardin counties for earlier records.

Franklin County marriage records date from 1855.

Iowans were asked to register births and deaths beginning in 1880,but registration did not become mandatory until 1921. Consequently, between 1880-1921 the records are incomplete, particularly in the earlier years.

Franklin County Recorder's Office
P.O. Box 26
Hampton, IA 50441-0026
(641) 456-5622

At the county level, all vital records (excluding fetal death, adoptive records, and out-of-wedlock births prior to July 1, 1995) are open for public inspection. County offices may set and charge a reasonable fee to inspect the records.To secure a certified copy of a record from the county-of-event, applicants must have direct or tangible interest in the record. In other words, you must be the registrant or have a lineal relationship to the registrant.
  Franklin County Clerk of Court
12 First Avenue, NW
Hampton, IA 50441-0026
(641) 456-5626

Criminal and civil court records are kept by the office of the County Clerk. Probate records are available from 1864.

Check the Franklin County Official Website for courthouse hours, county maps & lots more info.

Iowa Department of Health: Vital Records
Lucas State Office Building
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-4944

At the state level, all vital records are closed to inspection by the public.To secure a certified copy of a record from the state, applicants must have the same direct and tangible entitlement as for a county record.
  Iowa Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 7735
Des Moines IA 50322-7735
(515) 276-0287

State Historical Society of Iowa
600 East Locust
Des Moines, IA 50319-0290
(515) 281-5111
402 Iowa Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240-1806
(319) 335-3916
Franklin County Historical Society
1020 Central Ave.
Hampton, Iowa 50441
Contact for specific questions at 641-456-5777


Ackley Public Library
401 State Street
Ackley, Iowa 50601
(641) 847-2233
(Hardin county)
  Alexander Public Library
409 Harriman
Alexander, Iowa 50420
(641) 692-3238
Coulter Public Library
111 Main Street
Coulter, Iowa 50431
(641) 866-6798
  Dows Community Library
114 W. Ellsworth St.
Dows, Iowa 50071
(515) 852-4326
Hampton Public Library
4 S. Federal Street
Hampton, IA 50441
(641) 456-4451
  Sheffield Public Library
PO Box 616
123 S. 3rd St.
Sheffield, IA
(641) 892-4717
Franklin County Historical Society
1020 Central Ave.
Hampton, IA 50441
Contact at 641-456-5777
  Ackley Heritage Center
737 Main Street
Ackley, IA 50601
(Hardin county)
Franklin County Historical Museum
Franklin County Fairgrounds
Hampton, Iowa 50441
  IAGenWeb Special Projects
Each of the Special Projects has data for Franklin County researchers. Check them out!


This page was last modified on Feb 17, 2020
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