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)
The reports include births, marriages and deaths in Franklin for each year.
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.
Great collection! Annual Franklin town reports, School Committee reports, resident & business directories, Franklin Sentinel for the year 1900. Hosted at Archives.org.
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.
Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School Yearbooks
For the years 1978-2018
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.
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
Born June 30, 1891 in Franklin, Massachusetts, Stanley Grant Chilson became the official Fire Department photographer for Franklin, as well as Nofolk, Millis, Medway, Foxboro and Medfield. Stanley's love for photography naturally inspired him to pick up a movie camera, and he began to film scenes of everyday life in Franklin and other neighboring towns. This collection also includes 2 movies not filmed by Chilson, Franklin's celebration the U.S. Bicentennial of 1976, and the Town of Franklin's own bicentennial celebration in 1978
Other Research Materials
(ask Librarian for assistance)
Newspapers on Microfilm (in storage)
Country Gazette: 1992, 1999-2007
Milford Daily News: 1993-1998
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
Franklin Zoning Maps
1963, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022