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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

1880 Federal Census of Franklin County, Texas

April 2003 revised edition. Federal Census for Franklin County, Texas. 150 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; every name index; information covered: precinct, enumerator, family number, names of people living in the household, race, sex, age, occupation, birth state of each individual, and parents of each individual.

Price: $15.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1891 - 1892 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

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

Price: $20.00

1893 - 1894 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

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

Price: $20.00

1895 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

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

Price: $10.00

1896 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

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

Price: $20.00

1897 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

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

Price: $25.00

1898 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

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

Price: $15.00

1900 Franklin County, Texas, Tax Rolls

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

Price: $10.00

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

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

Price: $10.00

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

Court Citations of Franklin County, Texas, 1939-1941

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

Price: $15.00

The Elliott Family

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

Price: $30.00

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Evans Family

Request on demand.

Price: $15.00

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Price: $25.00

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

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

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

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

Grace Findley Remembers

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

Price: $5.00

Heirship Papers of Franklin County, Texas -- Book I

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

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

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

Homegoing Memorials Set, Volumes I, II, and III (buy as set or each volume individually)

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)

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

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

Price: $20.00

Index to Probate Cases of Franklin County, 1875-1939

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

Price: $5.00

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compiled by Phyllis Brown. 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

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North Franklin County Johnsons

By Kirleen [Jaggers] Hiett. Request on demand.

Price: $10.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Parchman-Meredith, The History of Our Building

Researched and compiled by Gertrude Mattingly Banks, completed by Jo-Sandra Moffett. 60 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

Price: $10.00

Providence Cemetery

Listing of known burials in Providence Cemetery, one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in Franklin County. Listed alphabetically in the first section, then by row and grave space in the second section. 112 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; arranged alphabetically by surname.

Price: $10.00

Reflective Rays: Mount Vernon in the 1940's and 1950's

Stories by Ray Loyd Johnson, with a hometown cast of hundreds! Includes a photographic index. 128 pages; paperback.

Price: $15.00

The Rogers and Related Families

Compiled by Don Easterling. In this book, Don recounts the migration of these related families from Europe to the U.S., and in discussing the beginning of the early roads of North East Texas, he traces the researched groups in their coming to Franklin County via these roads. Includes family summaries, descendants' lists, photos, and more! Families discussed herein are Rogers, Whitworth, Blacks, McWhirter, Elliott, Easley, and Burchfield. 240 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

Price: $25.00

Rural Cemeteries of Franklin County, Texas

This book contains all known burials in 51 of the 52 known cemeteries in Franklin County. Over 8,000 listings are included with name, birth, and death dates. Additional information (e.g. marriage and military information that may have been added to the markers) is also included. Also, a valuable map of the county with the cemeteries marked and their GPS locations is included. Lists of unmarked graves are also included with information found in death and obituaries. 340 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; arranged alphabetically.

Price: $35.00

Rural Church Census for Franklin and Titus Counties in Texas

Transcribed from the original census cards. This book contains the information given by all respondents covered in the Census. It is arranged in a similar form to the card used by the Census takers. One card was filled in for each member of the household. The data includes name, address, age, the church and/or Sunday school attended, and the preferred denomination. 72 pages; spiral bound, soft cover; indexed.

Price: $10.00

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Teachers of Franklin County, Mount Vernon, and Black Schools, 1888-1960

Compiled by Phyllis Brown. Anyone interested in the former teachers of Franklin County will find this handy reference book useful. Phyllis Brown compiled this book after three years of locating the lists of teachers of the county schools, the Mount Vernon school system, and the black schools listed in the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald. The book includes lists of teachers in their respective schools in chronological order, as well as an index of all the teachers in alphabetical order for easy reference. Also included are milestones in Texas public school laws during this time period; county schools from 1897 to 1950; as well as a map of the Franklin County Schools in 1914-15 which gives the most complete list of school names and locations. 172 pages; spiral bound; laminated cover; indexed.

Price: $20.00

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Thumbnail Sketches of My Franklin County Ancestors

By Kirleen [Jaggers] Hiett. Jaggers, Armstrong & related families.

Price: $30.00

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The Ties That Bind: A Georgetown Texas Memoir, 1904-1909

Edited by Louise Cook Walsh. The story of a Texas family, the town they loved, and the university that shaped their lives. Over 280 pages; hardcover; indexed.

Price: $25.00

A Walk Through Mount Vernon: A History of Mount Vernon, Texas

By B. F. Hicks, photo layout/commentary by Jean Pamplin. A Franklin County Historical Association production, 2000. Includes photos, maps, and subject index. 22 chapters, 256 pages; spiral bound, soft cover.

Price: $20.00

The Way It Was: In and Around Mount Vernon

Compiled by Don Easterling, who takes the reader on a meandering stroll down memory lane into the hearts and lives of Franklin County's earliest residents. 310 pages excluding maps and pictures; spiral bound, soft cover; recently indexed.

Price: $35.00

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The Way It Was, II: Growing Pains

Compiled by Don Easterling, this book covers the time period of 1920 through 1925 and chronicles the activities and happenings of individuals, families and communities of Franklin county from White Oak Creek to the south county line by using stories from the Mt. Vernon Optic-Herald published during this time. Many of the stories and articles published were submitted by the county correspondents, especially "Coon Creek" (Joe Gandy), which is liberally used in this book. The early 1920s was a time of rapid change in society and the way of living, with prohibition, women's suffrage, the introduction of installment payment, transitioning from animal power to mechanical power and the liberalization of moral thinking led to exciting times and adventures. Over 300 pages; indexed.

Price: $30.00

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