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This county was named in honor of
the distinguished Benjamin Franklin. The northeast portion is level, the central and western portions rolling, and in many places quite hilly. The timber, which was originally plenty, consists of oak, sugar, beech, hickory and black walnut.
The soil is generally good. A considerable portion of the county is bottom land, lying along White river and it branches.
These bottoms are, as usual, a very rich soil, well adapted to the growth of corn. The uplands are better adapted to the growth of wheat and grass.
The farming interests of the county are fully up to those of other counties in the State. This county has some interesting antiquarian features.
There are numerous mounds of earth and structures of stone, imbedded in the earth, and prepared with apparent skill, so that the deposits of some very distant period are found in a remarkable state of preservation.
Franklin county has all the natural elements for success, and is rapidly increasing in population and wealth.
Brookville, the county seat, is located on the Whitewater division of the Indianapolis, Cincinnati and La Fayette Railway.
It is an enterprising, educational town, rapidly increasing in population, wealth and importance.
The major cities and towns of Franklin County are Batesville, Brookville, Cedar Grove, Laurel, Mount Carmel and Oldenburg Franklin County was made effective February 1, 1811. Franklin County was the sixth
county formed and was taken from Dearborn and Clark Counties in conformity with the legislative act of November 27, 1810.
The additional organization of Fayette and Union counties in 1819 and 1821 greatly reduced the area of Franklin County.
Brookville is the County Seat. Named after Jesse Brook Thomas, the original proprietor, it was first settled in 1804 by Lismund Bayse, James Knight, Robert Breckenridge, John Test and Amos Butler, and by 1849 had a population of about 1,200.

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Franklin Co. Historical Society
P.O. Box 342
Indiana 47012
Tri-County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 118
Whitewater Valley
Genealogical Association
PO Box 941, 
Connersville, Indiana
Brookville Community Library
919 Main St.
Indiana 47012
Laurel Community Library
200 N. Clay St.
Birth, Death Records
Franklin County Health Department
Franklin County Courthouse
459 Main St.
Brookville, IN 47012
Land Records
Franklin County Recorder
Franklin County Courthouse
459 Main St.
Marriage Records
Franklin County Clerk
Franklin County Courthouse
459 Main St.
Brookville, IN 47012

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