Franklin County Titles, A-O

The Franklin County Genealogical Society publishes many books and research materials relating to Franklin County and surrounding counties. Click the links below to browse the available publications for Franklin County, arranged alphabetically by title.

Cover of 100 Years of Progress: A History of the Franklin County Schools

100 Years of Progress: A History of the Franklin County Schools

 

Edited and compiled by Minnie Laughton. Includes photos and an index. Spiral bound, soft cover, 80 pages.

 

Price: $10.00

 

Cover of 1880 Federal Census of Franklin County, Texas

1880 Federal Census of Franklin County, Texas

 

Edited and compiled by Minnie Laughton. Includes photos and an index. Spiral bound, soft cover, 80 pages.

 

Price: $15.00

 

Cover of 1900 Federal Census of Franklin County, Texas

1900 Federal Census of Franklin County, Texas

 

Compiled by Christine Dennis Skelly. 362 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; indexed; information covered: household number, names, relationship to head of household, race, sex, birth month and year, age, marital status, years married, children born, children living, birthplace of parents and occupation.

 

Price: $30.00

 

Cover of 1910 Federal Census of Franklin County, Texas

1910 Federal Census of Franklin County, Texas

 

276 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; indexed; information covered: precinct, enumerator, family number, name, relationship to head of household, sex, race, age, marital status, years married, occupation, state born, state parents born.

 

Price: $25.00

 

Cover of 1920 Federal Census of Franklin County, Texas

1920 Federal Census of Franklin County, Texas

 

Transcribed and compiled by Jeannette Pryor Bailey. Revised May 2003, 317 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; every name index; information covered: household number, name, relationship to head of household, home ownership information, gender, race, age, marital status, state born, state parents born, occupation.

 

Price: $35.00

 

Cover of 1930 Federal Census of Franklin County, Texas

1930 Federal Census of Franklin County, Texas

 

Transcribed by Charlene Donaghue. 228 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; every name index; information covered: dwelling and family numbers, name, relationship to head of household, sex, race, age, marital status, age when first married, place of birth, place of parents' birth, page and section number of original Census.

 

Price: $25.00

 

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1885 - 1900 Franklin County Tax Rolls Indexes (DVD format)

 

Indexes on Microsoft Excel.

 

Price: $15.00

 

Cover of 1885 - 1886 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

1885 - 1886 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

 

Indexed by Denise Ely. These tax roll transcriptions include name, tax year, county, page number, abstract number, certification number, survey number, number of acres, the value, and the original grantee. Approx. 74 pages in multiple sections; spiral bound, soft cover; arranged alphabetically by surname.

 

Price: $10.00

 

Cover of 1888-1889 Franklin County Tax Rolls

1888 - 1889 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

 

Indexed by Denise Ely. Continuing our tax series, these tax roll transcriptions include name, tax year, county, page number, abstract number, certification number, survey number, number of acres, the value, and the original grantee. Approx. 260 pages in multiple sections; spiral bound, soft cover; arranged alphabetically by surname.

 

Price: $20.00

 

Cover of 1890 Franklin County Tax Rolls

1890 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

 

Indexed by Denise Ely. Continuing our tax series, these tax roll transcriptions include name, tax year, county, page number, abstract number, certification number, survey number, number of acres, the value, and the original grantee. This volume has the added advantage of serving as our best yet federal census substitute, filling in the gap left by the tragic fire which destroyed the 1890 Census. 126 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; arranged alphabetically.

 

Price: $15.00

 

Cover of 1891-1892 Franklin County Tax Rolls

1891 - 1892 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

 

Indexed by Denise Ely. 252 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $20.00

 

Cover of 1893-1894 Franklin County Tax Rolls

1893 - 1894 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

 

Indexed by Denise Ely. 270 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $20.00

 

Cover of 1895 Franklin County Tax Rolls

1895 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

 

Indexed by Denise Ely. 88 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $10.00

 

Cover of 1896 Franklin County Tax Rolls

1896 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

 

Indexed by Denise Ely. 170 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $20.00

 

Cover of 1897 Franklin County Tax Rolls

1897 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

 

Indexed by Denise Ely. 231 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $25.00

 

Cover of 1898 Franklin County Tax Rolls

1898 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

 

Indexed by Denise Ely. 123 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $15.00

 

Cover of 1900 Franklin County Tax Rolls

1900 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

 

Indexed by Denise Ely. 113 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $10.00

 

 

Cover of Civil Court Minutes 1905-1933 Book I

Civil Court Minutes (Franklin County), 1905-1933, Book I

 

Indexed by Denise Ely. 107 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $10.00

 

Cover of Country Faith and Fate, Churches and Cemeteries of East Texas

Country Faith and Fate, Churches and Cemeteries of East Texas

 

Compiled by Northeast Texas Writers Organization. Foreword by Fred Tarpley. 255 pages; paperback.

 

Price: $20.00

 

Cover of Court Citations of Franklin County, Texas, 1939-1941

Court Citations of Franklin County, Texas, 1939-1941

 

Indexed by Kirleen [Jaggers] Hiett. 162 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $15.00

 

Cover of The Elliott Family

The Elliott Family

 

Compiled by Marcellia Sue Banks Bolin & Donald Easterling. Approx. 250 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $30.00

 

Blank book cover

Evans Family

 

Request on demand. 

 

Price: $15.00

 

Cover of Fairview Church and Cemetery

 

Fairview Church and Cemetery

 

Researched and compiled by Martha Dean Dickson Hare; photos by Veronica Speicher Jordan. Recordings of tombstone information in the Fairview Cemetery, located in northwest Franklin County, including information about more than 775 known burials and 25 known burials (from death records) that have no markers. Includes an alphabetical list, survey order by recorded markers, unmarked graves, maps, and photos. Approx. 250 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; indexed.

 

Price: $25.00

 

Cover of Franklin County Births, 1903-1952

Franklin County, Texas, Births, 1903-1952 (Birth Records of Franklin County, 1903-1952)

 

Compiled by Christine Dennis Skelly. Index to births filed at the time of birth from 1903 through 1952. Information included is name, birth date, mother's name, father's name, place of birth, and book and page number where the certificate can be found at the courthouse. 308 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; arranged alphabetically by surname.

 

Price: $35.00

 

Cover of Franklin County Births, 1953-1997

Franklin County, Texas, Births, 1953-1997 (Birth Index)

 

Compiled by Christine Dennis Skelly. 116 pages; spiral bound, soft cover. Request on demand.

 

Price: $15.00

 

Cover of Franklin County Births Probated

Franklin County, Texas, Births Probated (Probated Births Filed in Franklin County, Texas)

 

Compiled by Christine Dennis Skelly. Index to delayed or probated birth certificates filed in Franklin County, sometimes many years after the event. Contains same information as the regular Birth Book. Many of these births are from before 1900 and may be from other counties as well as other states. Certificates issued in the 1920s or 1930s, the probated birth certificates will be found in the county where the person applied, not in the actual county of birth, if different. Later on, the law was changed to require the application be made in the county and state of birth. 307 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; arranged alphabetically by surname.

 

Price: $35.00

 

Cover of Franklin County Death Index 1903-1997

Franklin County, Texas, Death Index, 1903-1997

 

Compiled by Christine Dennis Skelly. Almost 400 pages of information from the original death certificates including birth and death dates, place of birth, parents' names and burial place of the recently deceased. It also contains a listing by maiden name for married women. 392 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $40.00

 

Cover of Franklin County Funeral Home Records, 1902-1928

Franklin County, Texas, Funeral Home Records, 1902-1928

 

Compiled by Christine Dennis Skelly. Copied from the original, handwritten records at the Harvey Funeral Home (formerly M. L. Edwards), this book gives the name of the deceased, date of death, cause of death, age of the deceased, and the person responsible for the charges. Not all information is given on all listings. 77 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; arranged alphabetically by surname of the deceased.

 

Price: $10.00

 

Cover of Franklin County Old Age Assistance Commission Payments, 1937-1939

Franklin County, Texas, Old Age Assistance Commission Payments, 1937-1939

 

Indexed by Denise Ely. From January 1937 to August 1939. 224 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $25.00

 

Cover of Franklin County Salutes Our Veterans

Franklin County Salutes Our Veterans: Civil War, World War I, World War II to Present, 1861-2002

 

Chapters include Civil War, World War I, World War II, Those Who Also Served, Those Who Came Late, Additional Veterans and Their Pictures, and Supporting Organizations. Hardback.

 

Price: $50.00

 

Cover of Franklin County School Census, 1914-1915

Franklin County, Texas, School Census, 1914-1915

 

Amended by Phyllis Brown. Transcribed from the original census for county schools dated 1 Sept. 1914. Information included: student's name, sex, age, name of parent or person rendering the child, the name of the school, and a valuable notes section where interesting notes and sidelights about the family are shown. Includes a list of the Franklin County schools and the period of their duration, a map of Franklin County, and the approximate location of each school. 129 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; listed in order by school number, with a second section arranged alphabetically by students' names.

 

Price: $15.00

 

Cover of Franklin County School Censuses, 1922-1924

Franklin County, Texas, School Censuses, 1922-1924

 

Amended by Phyllis Brown. Transcribed from the original censuses for county schools dated 1922-23 and 1923-24. Information included: student's name, sex, age, name of parent or person rendering the child, the name of the school, and a valuable notes section where interesting notes and sidelights about the family are shown. Includes a list of the Franklin County schools and the period of their duration, a map of Franklin County, and the approximate location of each school. 318 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; listed in order by school number for each year, with a second section arranged alphabetically by students' names.

 

Price: $25.00

 

Cover of God Still Moves

God Still Moves: A Celebration of 150 Years of First Baptist Church, Mount Vernon, Texas

 

Covers the years 1849-1999. 56 pages; paperback.  

 

Price: $5.00

 

Cover of Grace Findley Remembers

Grace Findley Remembers

 

Transcribed by Sam Findley. 10 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $5.00

 

Cover of Heirship Papers of Franklin County, Texas -- Book I

Heirship Papers of Franklin County, Texas -- Book I

 

Compiled by Linda Tinsley. This book contains transcriptions of the first 300 of approximately 2,100 pages of evidential documents used to prove land ownership in Franklin County, Texas, during the early part of the 20th century. The data includes affidavits, depositions, wills, and other vital documents used to prove a clear title to the family farm. Some of the deponents were from "back home" where the family lived before coming to Texas. Each page contains important names, dates, and places, all of interest to the genealogist. 364 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; indexed.

 

Price: $40.00

 

 

Cover of Heirship Papers of Franklin County, Texas -- Book III

Heirship Papers of Franklin County, Texas, Volumes II and III

 

Compiled by Wayne & Linda Bryan. This book combines Volumes II and III of the Heirship Papers of Franklin County, Texas. 543 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; name index.

 

Price: $40.00

 

Cover of Heirship Papers of Franklin County, Texas -- Volume IV

Heirship Papers of Franklin County, Texas, Volume IV

 

Compiled by Wayne & Linda Bryan. 520 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; name index.

 

Price: $40.00

 

Cover of Heirship Papers of Franklin County, Texas -- Volume V

Heirship Papers of Franklin County, Texas, Volume V

 

Compiled by Wayne & Linda Bryan. 452 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; name index.

 

Price: $40.00

 

Cover of Historical Records of Franklin County, Texas

Historical Records of Franklin County, Texas

 

Compiled by B. F. Hicks & Doris Meek. Contains land grants, cemeteries, tombstone listings before 1900. Confederate Veterans, Confederate Army Companies, early school records, history of Post Offices and Communities, and a polling list for the 1916 election. 54 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; every name index.

 

Price: $10.00

 

 

Cover of History of Franklin County, Texas, 1874-1964

History of Franklin County, Texas, 1874-1964

 

Edited in 1963 by County Extension Agent, Charlie Brown, originally compiled by the Key Club. This book relates the history of Franklin County from the Indian settlements to the time the book was written. 82 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; indexed.

 

Price: $10.00

 

Cover of Homegoing Memorials

Homegoing Memorials Set, Volumes I, II, and III

 

713 pages; spiral bound, soft cover. No index in Vol. I. Name index for first two volumes in Vol. II. Index for all volumes in Vol. III. 

 

Price: $75.00 (or $25 each volume)

 

Cover of The House of Davis: The Descendants of Nixon and Mary Davis

The House of Davis: The Descendants of Nixon and Mary Davis

 

Compiled by Eileen Balli. 200 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $20.00

 

Cover of Index to Franklin County Death Certificates, 1945-1947

Index to Franklin County Death Certificates, 1945-1947

 

Indexed by Denise Ely, 2013. 23 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $5.00

 

Cover of Index to Probate Cases of Franklin County, 1875-1939

Index to Probate Cases of Franklin County, 1875-1939

 

Prepared by the Texas State-wide Records Projects Division of Professional and Service Projects, Work Projects Administration. August 20, 1875 through August 2, 1939. 27 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $5.00

 

Cover of Jaggers Family from South Carolina to Franklin County, Texas, and Beyond

Jaggers Family from South Carolina to Franklin County, Texas, and Beyond

 

Compiled by Kirleen [Jaggers] Hiett. 128 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $15.00

 

Cover of John and Nancy (a Hightower book)

John and Nancy (a Hightower book)

 

The latest book by Don Easterling is now completed. John and Nancy Keith Hightower were very early settlers of Franklin County, coming to Texas in the spring of 1844 and to Franklin in early 1845, settling a little south of Mt. Vernon. The other families that came with the Hightowers were the Cannadays, Hales, and Keiths. Don traces the movement and genealogy of the families from their first appearance in America to Franklin County, and the stops along the way. 300 pages with 50 pages of pictures and maps; spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $25.00

 

Cover of Johnson Family of North Franklin County, Texas

Johnson Family of North Franklin County, Texas

 

By Kirleen [Jaggers] Hiett. Originally from Johnston County, North Carolina, through Upshur County, Texas, to Franklin County, Texas. Request on demand.

 

Price: $10.00

 

Cover of Life and Times in Franklin County, Texas, 1923

Life and Times in Franklin County, Texas, 1923

 

Compiled by Billy Hicks & Doris Meek. Excerpts from the Mt. Vernon Optic-Herald newspaper, including births, deaths, marriages, illnesses, visitors, and trips mentioned in the community news column for 1923. 195 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; indexed.

 

Price: $20.00

 

Cover of Macon Cemetery

Macon Cemetery

 

Compiled by Jana Capps, 2015. About the history of Macon Cemetery, complete with deed and maps, family photos, headstone photos, military photos, information pages (where each person is buried in the cemetery), and obituaries. 214 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; indexed. Only FCGS book with sepia or color photos!

 

Price:  $30.00

 

Cover of Maiden Names in the 1920 & 1930 Franklin County, Texas, Censuses

Maiden Names in the 1920 & 1930 Franklin County, Texas, Censuses

 

By Phyllis Brown. The genealogist who transcribed the Franklin County School Census books shares with us the valuable tool she developed while transcribing the two school censuses shown above. To make her job easier, she traced the marriages of the children's parents, finally coming up with a list showing those maiden names--always a good tool for the genealogist. 172 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; arranged alphabetically by surname of husband in one section and surname of the wife in the other.

 

Price: $20.00

 

Cover of Marriages of Franklin County, Texas, 1875-1959 (Franklin County Marriages)

Marriages of Franklin County, Texas, 1875-1959 (Franklin County Marriages)

 

Compiled by Christine Dennis Skelly. Over 7,400 marriages recorded in Franklin County from its formation in 1875 up to 1959 are included in this book. 310 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; first section alphabetical by surname of groom; second section alphabetical by maiden name of bride.

 

Price: $35.00

 

Cover of Marriages of Franklin County, Texas, 1960-2003 (Franklin County Marriages)

Marriages of Franklin County, Texas, 1960-2003 (Franklin County Marriages)

 

Compiled by Christine Dennis Skelly. Marriage licenses issued in Franklin County from 1960 to 2003. Many of these people married in other counties. Most of the marriage licenses have the birth dates of the bride and groom, and some have birth places. 373 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; first section alphabetically by surname of groom; second section alphabetical by maiden name of bride.

 

Price: $35.00

 

Cover of Mount Vernon City Cemetery (Second Edition)

Mount Vernon City Cemetery (Second Edition)

 

Researched and compiled by Martha Dean Dickson Hare. A genealogist's research treasure! Approximately 520 pages of updated information. It has a color cover of the Main Street Entrance. Includes an alphabetized listing of 3,989 names; sorted by map, section, and row; and a listing of 330 known veterans. Spiral bound, soft cover.

 

Price: $45.00

 

Cover of Mount Vernon, Texas, Graduating Classes, 1902-1960: MVHS, MVJH, and Franklin Institute, Including Teachers

Mount Vernon, Texas, Graduating Classes, 1902-1960: MVHS, MVJH, and Franklin Institute, Including Teachers

 

This three-year research project is compiled by Phyllis Brown, using the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald, plus many other Franklin County Genealogical Society books and Ancestry.com. The student lists include complete student names by year, parents' names including mothers' maiden names, class officers, birth dates and places of birth, plus other trivia. Lists of high school and junior high valedictorians and salutatorians through 2009 are included, plus lists of faculty from 1898 to 1960. 398 pages; spiral bound, soft cover. Index of teachers and students also available.

 

Price: $30.00

 

Cover of Nelva Cowan Seay Collection of Franklin County Texas Heirship Documents

Nelva Cowan Seay Collection of Franklin County Texas Heirship Documents

 

Compiled by B. F. Hicks, from papers relating to a Notary Public. 267 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; name index. 

 

Price: $30.00

 

Cover of North Franklin County, The Beginning (1907-1918)

North Franklin County, The Beginning (1907-1918)

 

Compiled by Don Easterling. This book chronicles the social history of the communities of Eureka, Fairview, Hagensport, Lakeview, Panther's Chapel, Midway, Lavada, Kinney Point, Needmore, and Stringtown. The first part includes some families and happenings in 1907. 1907-1918 is a copy of the weekly community news column of these communities, published in the Mt. Vernon Optic-Herald. Also included are letters to Santa, advertisements, and a list of those who registered for the draft of WWI, as well as some letters from soldiers home during that war. 296 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; not indexed.

 

Price: $30.00

 

Cover of North Franklin County, Changing Times (1919-1925)

North Franklin County, Changing Times (1919-1925)

 

Compiled by Donald Easterling. Continuing the fascinating history of the northern section of Franklin County, Texas, this book contains interviews of participants of that dramatic period, as well as excerpts from the weekly community news columns everyone eagerly awaited in each weekly edition of the Mt. Vernon Optic-Herald. What better way to keep up with what the neighbors were doing! Major news stories from this era are also included. 315 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; not indexed.

 

Price: $30.00

 

Cover of North Franklin County, Hard Times (1926-1934)

North Franklin County, Hard Times (1926-1934)

 

Compiled by Donald Easterling. This book, third in the North Franklin series, continues the interaction of the people of North Franklin County as recorded in the Mt. Vernon Optic-Herald, personal interviews, and other sources. As one person succinctly stated, "We were all poor and had to pull together to survive." 333 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; not indexed.

 

Price: $30.00

 

Cover of Grace Findley Remembers

North Franklin County, The Exodus (1935-1945)

 

Compiled by Donald Easterling. The saga of North Franklin County continues, bringing the dawn of a new age with the discovery of oil, the advent of new government and social programs to cure the nations' ills, the buildup to a world at war, rationing, consolidation of schools, and the exodus of the young people at the end of WWII. 330 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; not indexed.

 

Price: $30.00

 

Cover of Obituaries and Death Notices from Franklin County, Texas, Newspapers: 1907-1925 (Vol. I)

Obituaries and Death Notices from Franklin County, Texas, Newspapers: 1907-1925 (Vol. I)

 

Compiled by Christine Dennis Skelly. Obituaries transcribed from microfilm of the Mt. Vernon Optic-Herald newspaper. When an official obituary was not found, death notices, mentions of death in community news columns, and cards of thanks were used to establish dates. 357 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; arranged alphabetically by surname of the deceased.

 

Price: $35.00

 

Cover of Obituaries and Death Notices from Franklin County, Texas, Newspapers: 1926-1936 (Vol. II)

Obituaries and Death Notices from Franklin County, Texas, Newspapers: 1926-1936 (Vol. II)

 

Compiled by Christine Dennis Skelly. Obituaries transcribed from microfilm of the Mt. Vernon Optic-Herald newspaper. When an official obituary was not found, death notices, mentions of death in community news columns, and cards of thanks were used to establish dates. Also includes some pre-1900 obits found in scrapbooks after the publication of Volume I. 374 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; arranged alphabetically by surname of the deceased.

 

Price: $35.00

 

Cover of Obituaries and Death Notices from Franklin County, Texas, Newspapers: 1937-1947 (Vol. III)

Obituaries and Death Notices from Franklin County, Texas, Newspapers: 1937-1947 (Vol. III)

 

Compiled by Christine Dennis Skelly. Obituaries transcribed from microfilm of the Mt. Vernon Optic-Herald newspaper. When an official obituary was not found, death notices, mentions of death in community news columns, and cards of thanks were used to establish dates. As with Volume II, more pre-1900 obits found in scrapbooks after the publication of Volume I. 390 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; arranged alphabetically by surname of the deceased.

 

Price: $35.00