Franklin County has a wealth of local historical societies and museums that preserve and bring to life Franklin County’s rich history:
Franklin County was formed from Cumberland County in 1784. For records prior to 1784, please visit the Cumberland County Archives.
Cumberland County was formed from Lancaster County in 1750. For records prior to 1750, please visit the Lancaster County Archives.
The Valley of the Shadow - A project undertaken by the University of Virginia that details the life in two communities, Franklin County, PA and Augusta County, VA, from just prior to the start of the Civil War through Reconstruction. The website includes a thousands of letters, diaries, newspapers, speeches, census and church records.
Familysearch.org - Hosts thousands of pages of Franklin County probate records from Estate records, Orphan Court dockets, Widow’s Appraisements, and Wills. The website also holds similar records for the surrounding counties.
Linkpendium has links to numerous genealogical links related to Franklin County.
Bridgehunter.com has an incredible collection of photographs and histories documenting the historic bridges of Franklin County.
Franklin County Archives
340 N. Second Street
Chambersburg, PA 17202
Office Hours: M - F 9:00am - 4:00pm
Public Hours: Monday, Thursday, and Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Closed on weekends and all County observed holidays.
We welcome visitors at any time during our public hours. To better assist you, we recommend making an appointment.