Lookup Public Records in Franklin CountyIllinois. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.

Franklin County, Illinois Overview

Franklin County is a county located in the state of Illinois. The county was formed in January 2, 1818. Named after Benjamin Franklin, the county seat is Benton and it has a population of 39202 as of 2013. The county has a total area of 431 square miles, with its land area encompassing 409 square miles, and its water area 23 square miles. The county consists of 17 ZIP codes, with ZIP code 62896 recorded as the one with the largest population. Moreover, Franklin County borders the following counties: Jefferson County, Illinois to the north; Williamson County, Illinois to the south; Hamilton County, Illinois to the east; Perry County, Illinois to the west; Jackson County, Illinois to the southwest, and; Saline County, Illinois to the southeast.

Franklin County Clerk Information

Birth and death certificates are filed in the County Clerk’s office for all individuals who were born in Franklin County. Certified copies are available to those entitled to request them. Requests for birth and death certificates must be in writing, whether by mail or in person, or online. You may obtain a certified record in the following ways: in person at the County Clerk’s office during regular business hours, or by mail using the printable application provided. A copy of your valid photo ID, proper payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope are required.

The Franklin County Recorder’s Office does not offer remote access for land records. However, Franklin County Recorder’s Office has made available data and document images from 1990 to present. Indexing information is available from 1990 to present. You are welcome to make use of their free public terminals to search this information in the Recorder’s office.

Below is the physical address of the County Clerk and Recorder:

Greg Woolard, Franklin County Clerk & Recorder
Franklin County Courthouse
100 Public Square
Benton, IL 62812
Telephone: (618) 438-3221

Court Clerk Information

The circuit clerk’s office has a staff of 9 to assist the public with any of our provided services, including:

  • Filing and maintaining records of all cases that are heard by Franklin County Courts
  • Judges perform marriages
  • Collect fines and fees for cases where they have been ordered and distribute the funds to the agencies which they are intended
  • Archiving historic cases in various storage locations for genealogy and other research
  • Provide a public access computer to use for information in any unsecured cases
  • Contact and organize the petit and grand juries
  • Schedule all cases for court

Below is the physical address of the Circuit Clerk:

Jim Muir, Circuit Clerk
Franklin County Courthouse
1 Public Square
Benton, Illinois 62812
General: (618) 439-2011

Franklin County Marriage License Office
In order to obtain a marriage license in Franklin County, the applicants must apply together, in person, at the County Clerk’s office. Both parties must present their state-issued picture ID, military ID, or passport, and know their social security number
State Law:Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act – 750 ILCS 5 and Illinois Uniform Premarital Agreement Act – 750 ILCS 10
All State Statutes: Information is online at the State Website
Office:Franklin County Marriage License
Location:202 West Main Street, Benton, Illinois, 62812
Phone:618-438-3221

Franklin County Clerk’s Office

Address: 100 Public Square Benton, IL 62812

Phone: (618) 438-3221

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