Library Databases

Databases are available for home use to Franklin residents* with a Minuteman Library Card, and available to everyone who visits the library.
***Database Access***


Ancestry Library Edition*(only available in the library)
Thousands of family history databases, including vital records, census records, ship passenger lists, military records and lots more.

America's GenealogyBank with America's Obituaries and Death Notices 

An extensive online collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.

American Ancestors (only available in the library)

The website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) provides access to more than 1.4 billion records spanning twenty-two countries covering the United States, the British Isles, continental Europe, and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American genealogical records, the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines, and the largest collection of U.S Catholic records online.


Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient 
access to a growing collection of US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. It containsmillions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3.


HeritageQuest Online

HeritageQuest Online is a digital resource that combines searchable images of U.S. federal genealogical census records with digitized books containing family and local histories from around the country. It includes 25,000 family and local history books, U.S. census records.