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    Franklin County was formed on December 19, 1837, and named for Benjamin Franklin, American statesman. Initially, the county had a single courthouse at Ozark. Charleston was settled in the 1840s by R. C. Thaxton and C. R. Kellum. Later, after complaints about how difficult it was to cross the river at times, a second courthouse was established at Charleston in 1901.
    By treaty, the Cherokee controlled the county between 1819 and 1828, but they allowed some of the European settlers to remain because they had useful skills such as blacksmithing. In 1828, when the Cherokee were removed to Indian Territory and the area was opened to settlement, people came from Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, and surrounding states. The French Beneux family represented the only settlers not from the United States.
    In 1876, the Reverend Isham L. Burrow, a Methodist minister, founded a school at Altus called Central Institute, which later became Hendrix College. After the school moved to Conway (Faulkner County) in 1890, Burrow opened another college, which he named Hiram and Lydia College in honor of his parents. It remained in use for sixteen years.


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Arkansas Dept of Health

Arkansas Dept of Health
Division of Vital Records, Slot 44
4815 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 661-2174
Fax: (501) 663-2832
  • Vital Records is responsible for the collection and issuance of birth and death certificates and marriage and divorce coupons.
  • Birth and death certificates serve two purposes. They are the definitive legal documents of identity and they collect important medical information about the two most important events – birth and death.
  • Marriage and divorce coupons are so called because they are removed from the bottom of marriage and divorce certificates, the original of which is retained in the offices of the county clerk of courts; these coupons contain limited information.

Arkansas State Archives

Arkansas History Commission
One Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
The History Commission, the official state archives, is a facility in which those interested in Arkansas history may engage in research. The staff does not undertake research requests from the public. The Research Room is open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Saturday. It is closed on state holidays. If you are traveling long distances, please call to confirm hours/days of operation at 501.682.6900.

Arkansas Genealogical Society

  • The purpose of the society is to promote family history research, to educate persons in genealogical research methods and the use of historical records, to publish articles pertaining to Arkansas ancestors, and to preserve and make accessible historical, genealogical, and biographical sources pertaining to Arkansas.
  • AGS has contributed to the genealogical collection of books and other materials at the Arkansas History Commission and State Archives, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and at other libraries and archives with genealogical collections. Books sent to AGS to be reviewed in The Arkansas Family Historian are always donated to a library that does not possess a copy. AGS sometimes purchases and donates special resources, such as the films of the Draper Manuscripts at the Arkansas History Commission.
Circuit Clerk - Ozark Office
211 West Commercial
Ozark, AR 72949
Phone (479)667-3818
Fax (479)667-5174

Circuit Clerk - Charleston Office
607 East Main St.
Charleston, AR 72933
Phone (479)965-7332
County Clerk - Ozark Office
211 West Commercial
Ozark, AR 72949
Phone (479)667-3607
Fax (479)667-4247

Franklin County Clerk - Charleston Office
607 East Main St.
Charleston, AR 72933
Phone (479)965-2129
Franklin County Historical Association
1102 W. School Street
Ozark, AR 72949

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