Franklin Genealogy & Local History Research online

The Franklin Sentinel 
Digitized directly from our microfilm collection.  The collection is searchable, but some of the images are very faded.  If the search feature does not find your query, and if you know the approximate date of the event, it may be worth while to look through the pages. This link will also allow you to search the Franklin Vital Records (1778-2014) and the Franklin Register (1873-1877)

Franklin Town Reports, 2004-Current

The reports include births, marriages and deaths in Franklin for each year.

Franklin High School Oskey Yearbooks
For the years: 1928-1930, 1933-2017

Franklin Public Library Digital Archive
Historic manuscripts of Franklin, Mass. including scrapbooks, photos, and lists of residents: 1949-1967 (some years missing). Hosted at Archives.org.

Franklin Historical Museum Digital Archive

Great collection! Annual Franklin town reports, School Committee reports, resident & business directories, Franklin Sentinel for the year 1900. Hosted at Archives.org.

Franklin Historical Maps
Franklin Historical Museum collection at Digital Commonwealth: Maps of Franklin for 1832, 1858, 1878, 1888. A map of the Whitney Worsted Company for 1923

Franklin, Mass. First Congregational Church. Marriages & Baptisms 1737-1827

 

Franklin Real Property Assessment Data & Valuations 

This site can provide some basic information on homes in Franklin, including year built, previous owner, etc. A good starting point for researching the history of an ancestral home.

Record of births, marriages and deaths in the Town of Franklin, from 1778 to 1872 
(these records are also included in the online vital records collection - see Franklin Sentinel)

Sanborn map collection from the Library of Congress

For all of the U.S. - includes Franklin maps for the years 1884, 1889, 1894, and 1899.

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School Yearbooks
For the years 1978-2018

History of the Town of Franklin, Mass. (2nd March 1878) by Mortimer Blake

A history of the town written for the Centennial Celebration of 1878.  Includes "genealogical notices" for the founding families of Franklin.

Woonsocket Call 1890-1969
Digitized by the Woonsocket Harris Public Library. Database includes the Woonsocket Call and Evening Reporter, 1908-1960; the Evening Call, 1899-1908; the Evening Reporter, 1906; Providence County Times, 1928.

Digital records of the Massachusetts State Archive

MACRIS: Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System
Inventory of Historic Assets of the Commonwealth, National
Register of Historic Places nominations, State Register of Historic Places listings, and local historic district study reports.

 

Norfolk County Registry of Deeds database
Research the history of a property through deeds and land court records. Registry land records going back to the founding of Norfolk County in 1793 are available for online viewing. The Registry's online index is available from 1793 forward

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Other Research Materials

(ask Librarian for assistance)

Newspapers on Microfilm (in storage)

Country Gazette: 1992, 1999-2007

Milford Daily News: 1993-1998

Town Reports 

Bound 1869 - current

 

List of Residents (some available online at the Internet Archive)

1954 – 1961 (Bound)

1964 - 1971 (Bound)

1972 – 1978 (Bound)

1984 – 1988 (Bound)

1989 – 1992 (Bound)

1993 – 1996 (Bound)

1997 – 2000 (Bound)

2000 – 2003 (Bound)

2005 – 2008 (Bound - no 2004)

2009 – 2012 (Bound)

1884, 1890, 1893, 1899, 1905, 1909, 1913, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 2013-2021(Individual Books)

 

Real Estate Valuations (Bound)

1859, 1868, 1879, 1889, 1896, 1900, 1906, 1911, 1914, 1919, 1924, 1929, 1945, 1948, 1950, 1963 

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