Franklin County Archives – Search Franklin County, PA archives available online

Explore Franklin County – site of the Franklin County Visitors Bureau

History of Franklin County – the 1887 Warner-Beers History of Franklin County online

Genealogy Searches – basic questions on finding genealogical records in Franklin County are found here:

Genealogy Message Board – The “Rootsweb” message board for Franklin County, PA genealogy

Genealogy Forum – the “Genform” forum from

Valley of the Shadow – a major project on the experiences of two counties in the Civil War (Augusta County, VA and Franklin County, PA) that covers the years 1859-1870 (includes newspaper archives)

Adams County Historical Society – just east of Franklin County with its county seat in Gettysburg, PA

Appalachian Trail Museum – recently opened and dedicated to the history of the Appalachian Trail

“Mother Bedford” –  devoted to Old Bedford County, PA and containing “a wealth  of information pertaining to private and public life in the Pennsylvania frontier of the Revolutionary and Colonial periods”

Conococheague Institute – early settlement and French & Indian War history in the “Welsh Run” area of Franklin County

Cumberland County Historical Society – based in Carlisle, PA with a rich website including a “virtual museum” tour of their new museum

Cumberland Valley Antique Engine and Machinery Association – group dedicated to preservation of early machinery (web site not available at the moment).

Dauphin County Historical Society – web site for the county including the state capital, Harrisburg, PA

Fulton County Historical Society – the county to the west of Franklin; sparsely populated, but rich in history

Genealogy Buff – a good source in the search for family roots

Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce –  with links to area and Civil War Seminar information 

Greencastle Museum –  Allison-Antrim Museum provides a home for the artifacts, treasures, and history of Greencastle-Antrim’s past in Franklin County, Pennsylvania.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania – publishes “Pennsylvania Legacies”

Huntingdon County Historical Society – northwest of Franklin County with many Franklin County connections.

Old Jewish Cemetery – Dating back to 1840, the Old Jewish Cemetery of Chambersburg is believed to be the earliest Jewish burial ground west of the Susquehanna. After almost a century of neglect and oblivion this unique monument of American Jewish history was restored in 1988 and again in 2000. The epitaphs were documented in 2006. They tell the fascinating story of German Jewish immigrants in 19th-century southern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland.  Click here for the story of the Jewish presence in Franklin County

Linkpendium for Franklin County – contains a wide variety of genealogical links for the county.

Mercersburg Chamber of Commerce –  with Mercersburg information and links

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission – the official site for this governmental body

Explore Pennsylvania History – stories about Pennsylvania history, Pennsylvania Historic Markers, lessons for teachers. 

Perry County History –  site for the Historical Society of Perry County, PA

Shippensburg Historical Society – for information about the events of the society in this old Pennsylvania town

The Valley Revue – summary of local places and events for the four state area.  Calendar of events every month

Washington County Historical Society – the site for the Washington County, Maryland Historical Society with resources for the researcher