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

Franklin County Overview

Named for Benjamin Franklin when it was created in 1785, Franklin County in Virginia is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The population was 56,159 as of the 2010 census and Rocky Mount is both the county seat and the largest community. The Roanoke River forms its northeast boundary with Bedford County. Pittsylvania lies to the southeast, Henry to the south, Patrick to the southwest, Floyd to the west, and Roanoke to the northwest. In the 20th century during Prohibition, local wits named Franklin County the “Moonshine Capital of the World”, as moonshine production and bootlegging drove the economy. As of 2000, the local chamber of commerce had adopted the title as a heritage identification for the area. Moonshine is still being made in the area, which is a total of 690 square miles of land, plus 21 square miles of water. The county is home to the Booker T Washington National Monument and to a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway, both nationally protected areas. Franklin County is the setting for Matt Bondurant’s historical novel, The Wettest County in the World (2008) set in the Prohibition era, featuring his grandfather and two great-uncles among the bootleggers. Franklin County is also featured in the film Lawless (2012), adapted from the novel in a screenplay by Nick Cave. It is directed by John Hillcoat. Franklin County, and subsequently Smith Mountain Lake, was the setting for Touchstone Pictures 1991 film “What About Bob?”. The comedy film was directed by Frank Oz, and starred Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. Murray plays Bob Wiley, a psychiatric patient who follows his egotistical psychiatrist Dr. Leo Marvin (Dreyfuss) on vacation. When the unstable Bob befriends the other members of Marvin’s family, it pushes the doctor over the edge. There is only one zip code in use in the county, 23851.

Franklin County Clerk Information

Honorable Teresa J. Brown, Clerk
P. O. Box 567
275 South Main Street, Suite 212
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
(540) 483-3065
tjbrown@vacourts.gov

Franklin County Records

Margaret Torrence, Commissioner of Revenue
1255 Franklin Street, Suite 102
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
540-483-3083

Susan J. Wray, Treasurer
1255 Franklin Street, Suite 101
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
540-483-3078

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Franklin, VA Genealogy and Ancestry Records
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, USA Counties Data File Downloads
Total Ancestries Reported 2005-200949,018
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - United States or American - 2005-200912,083
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Arab - 2005-2009145
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - British - 2005-2009118
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Czech - 2005-200969
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Danish - 2005-200912
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Dutch - 2005-2009437
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - English - 2005-20096,658
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - European - 2005-2009604
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French (except Basque) - 2005-2009751
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French Canadian - 2005-2009211
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - German - 2005-20096,398
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Greek - 2005-200935
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Hungarian - 2005-2009216
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Irish - 2005-20095,405
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Italian - 2005-2009919
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Lithuanian - 2005-20090
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Norwegian - 2005-2009254
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Polish - 2005-2009565
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Portuguese - 2005-2009152
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Russian - 2005-2009139
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scotch-Irish - 2005-20091,301
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scottish - 2005-20091,366
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Slovak - 2005-2009118
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Subsaharan African - 2005-20092
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swedish - 2005-2009211
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swiss - 2005-200988
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Ukrainian - 2005-200942
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Welsh - 2005-2009258
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 2005-200946
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Other Groups - 2005-20099,922

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