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{{stub}}''[[United States|United States]] > [[Massachusetts|Massachusetts]] > Franklin County'' [[Image:Ma-franklin.png|thumb|right|400px|showing location of Franklin County]]  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Massachusetts]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Franklin County'''
  
== [http://lwvma.org/govcounty.shtml County Courthouse]  ==
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=== [http://lwvma.org/govcounty.shtml County Courthouse]  ===
  
 
The legislature approved special charters to allow Franklin and Hampshire counties to become regional councils of government.  
 
The legislature approved special charters to allow Franklin and Hampshire counties to become regional councils of government.  
  
== History  ==
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[http://www.frcog.org/ Franklin County Courthouse]<br>425 Main Street<br>Greenfield, MA 01301-3313<br>Phone: 413.774.7011
  
*Named for Benjamin Franklin
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Clerk Courts has divorce and court records from 1811; Registerof Probate has probate records; Register of Deeds has land records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 329. {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== History ===
  
*Created 24 June 1811 from [[Hampshire_County,_Massachusetts|Hampshire]] County.<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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Towns Organized Before 1800:<ref name="HBG" />  
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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*Ashfield 1765
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*Bernardston 1762
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*Buckland 1779
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*Charlemont 1765
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*Colrain 1761
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*Conway 1767
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*Deerfield 1677
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*Gil 1793
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*Greenfield 1753&nbsp;
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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*Hawley 1792
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*Heath 1785
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*Leverett 1774
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*Leyden 1784
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*Montague 1754
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*New Salem 1753
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*Northfield 1714
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*Orange 1783&nbsp;
  
== Places / Localities  ==
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*Rowe 1785
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*Shelburne 1768
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*Shuetesbury 1761
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*Sunderland 1714
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*Warwick 1763
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*Wendell 1781
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*Whately 1771
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*Williamsburg 1771
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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===== City: =====
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==== Parent County ====
  
*Greenfield
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*Created 24 June 1811 from [[Hampshire County, Massachusetts|Hampshire]] County.<ref name="HBG" />
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
===== Towns: =====
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==== Record Loss ====
  
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=== Places / Localities  ===
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*Ashfield
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*Bernardston
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*Buckland
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*Charlemont
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*Colrain
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*Conway
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*Deerfield
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*Erving
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*Gill
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==== Populated Places  ====
*Hawley
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*Heath
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*Leverett
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*Leyden
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*Monroe
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*Montague
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*New Salem
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*Northfield
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{{MAFraTowns}}'''City:''' &nbsp; • [[Greenfield, Massachusetts|Greenfield]]
*Orange
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*Rowe
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*Shelburne
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*Shutesbury
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*Sunderland
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*Warwick
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*Wendell
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*Whately
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===== Communities:  =====
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'''Towns'''
  
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*Millers Falls
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*[[Ashfield, Massachusetts|Ashfield]]
*Northfield
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*[[Bernardston, Massachusetts|Bernardston]]
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*[[Buckland, Massachusetts|Buckland]]
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*[[Charlemont, Massachusetts|Charlemont]]
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*[[Colrain, Massachusetts|Colrain]]
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*[[Conway, Massachusetts|Conway]]
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*[[Deerfield, Massachusetts|Deerfield]]
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*[[Erving, Massachusetts|Erving]]
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*[[Gill, Massachusetts|Gill]]
  
 
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*Orange
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*[[Hawley, Massachusetts|Hawley]]
*Shelburne Falls
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*[[Heath, Massachusetts|Heath]]
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*[[Leverett, Massachusetts|Leverett]]
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*[[Leyden, Massachusetts|Leyden]]
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*[[Monroe, Massachusetts|Monroe]]
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*[[Montague, Massachusetts|Montague]]
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*[[New Salem, Massachusetts|New Salem]]
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*[[Northfield, Massachusetts|Northfield]]
  
 
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*South Deerfield
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*[[Orange, Massachusetts|Orange]]
*Turners Falls
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*[[Rowe, Massachusetts|Rowe]]
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*[[Shelburne, Massachusetts|Shelburne]]
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*[[Shutesbury, Massachusetts|Shutesbury]]
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*[[Sunderland, Massachusetts|Sunderland]]
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*[[Warwick, Massachusetts|Warwick]]
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*[[Wendell, Massachusetts|Wendell]]
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*[[Whately, Massachusetts|Whately]]
  
 
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===== Village:  =====
 
 
*Lake Pleasant
 
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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[[Berkshire County, Massachusetts|Berkshire]] | [[Hampshire County, Massachusetts|Hampshire]] | [[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester]] | [[Windham County, Vermont|Windham]] County, Vermont | [[Cheshire County, New Hampshire|Cheshire]] County, New Hampshire  
 
[[Berkshire County, Massachusetts|Berkshire]] | [[Hampshire County, Massachusetts|Hampshire]] | [[Worcester County, Massachusetts|Worcester]] | [[Windham County, Vermont|Windham]] County, Vermont | [[Cheshire County, New Hampshire|Cheshire]] County, New Hampshire  
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Resources  ===
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
==== Church ====
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{{Census|Massachusetts}}
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===== State Census  =====
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'''''1855 Massachusetts State Census—'''''A free searchable index and images to the 1855 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1459985 FamilySearch Record Search]. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1855, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.
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'''''1865 Massachusetts State Census'''''—A free searchable index and images to the 1865 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1410399 FamilySearch Record Search] This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1865, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.
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==== Church ====
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.old-maps.com/ma/ma-fk-1858.htm 1858 map of Franklin County]
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*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~26366~1100040:Franklin-County---H-F--Walling-&-O-?qvq=q:franklin+county+massachusetts;lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=0&trs=7 1871 map of Franklin County]
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*[http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~26513~1100446:Massachusetts--Greenfield-sheet--Pr?qvq=q:franklin+county+massachusetts;lc:RUMSEY~8~1&mi=2&trs=7 1890 map of Greenfield area]
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*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/MA/County/franklin.htm 1895 map of Franklin County]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=50&ci=20562 North Adams, MA newspapers] (1895-1977), [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=50&ci=23022 Pittsfield, MA newspapers] (1858-1977), and [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=50&ci=9894 Fitchburg. MA newspapers] (1868-1977) covering local news that included Franklin County residents.<br>
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Societies and Libraries  ===
  
== Web Sites ==
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==== Family History Centers ====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mafrankl/ The Franklin County MA GenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
*[http://usgwarchives.org/ma/mafiles.htm#Franklin The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Franklin County
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=184128&subject_disp=Massachusetts%2C+Franklin&columns=*,0,0 FamilySearch.org] Family History Library catalog for Franklin County
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== References ==
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=== Web Sites ===
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mafrankl/ The Franklin County MA GenWeb Project], an member of [[MAGenWeb|The MAGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Franklin The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Franklin County
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/ma/mafiles.htm#Franklin The USGenWeb Archives Project] for Franklin County (backup site)
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*{{FHL|Massachusetts%2C+Franklin|subject|disp=FamilySearch.org}} Family History Library catalog for Franklin County
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*[http://www.massachusetts-genealogy.com/Franklin-County-Genealogy.cfm Massachusetts Genealogy] Franklin County Genealogy
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*[http://www.kindredtrails.com/MA_Franklin.html Kindred Trails] Franklin County Massachusetts Genealogy
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/ma-local.htm#F Cyndi's List] Franklin County
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*[http://home.att.net/~Local_History/MA-Franklin-Co.htm Local History and Genealogy Index] Franklin County, Massachusetts
  
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=== References  ===
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[[Category:Franklin_County,_Massachusetts]]
 
[[Category:Franklin_County,_Massachusetts]]

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Online Records

Contents

County Courthouse

The legislature approved special charters to allow Franklin and Hampshire counties to become regional councils of government.

Franklin County Courthouse
425 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301-3313
Phone: 413.774.7011

Clerk Courts has divorce and court records from 1811; Registerof Probate has probate records; Register of Deeds has land records.[1]

History

Towns Organized Before 1800:[1]

  • Ashfield 1765
  • Bernardston 1762
  • Buckland 1779
  • Charlemont 1765
  • Colrain 1761
  • Conway 1767
  • Deerfield 1677
  • Gil 1793
  • Greenfield 1753 
  • Hawley 1792
  • Heath 1785
  • Leverett 1774
  • Leyden 1784
  • Montague 1754
  • New Salem 1753
  • Northfield 1714
  • Orange 1783 
  • Rowe 1785
  • Shelburne 1768
  • Shuetesbury 1761
  • Sunderland 1714
  • Warwick 1763
  • Wendell 1781
  • Whately 1771
  • Williamsburg 1771

Parent County

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

MassachusettsNew HampshireVermontFranklin CountyHampshire CountyWorcester CountyBerkshire CountyBennington CountyWindham CountyCheshire CountyMonroeRoweHeathColrainLeydenBernardstonNorthfieldWarwickOrangeNew SalemShutesburyLeverettSunderlandWhatelyConwayAshfieldHawleyCharlemontBucklandShelburneGreenfieldGillErvingWendellMontagueDeerfieldStamfordReadsboroWhitinghamHalifaxGuilfordVernonHinsdaleWinchesterRichmondTroyFitzwilliamRoyalstonAtholPetershamHardwickWareBelchertownPelhamAmherstGranbySouth HadleyHadleyHatfieldWilliamsburgGoshenChesterfieldWorthingtonMiddlefieldPeruCummingtonPlainfieldWindsorSavoyFloridaChesterHuntingtonWesthamptonNorthampton
Modern town and city borders in Franklin County, Massachusetts.

City:   • Greenfield

Towns

Neighboring Counties

Berkshire | Hampshire | Worcester | Windham County, Vermont | Cheshire County, New Hampshire

Resources

Cemeteries

LDS Cemetery Records

  • US Vol. 24
    • page 87 - Atwood Family cemetery

Census

For tips on accessing Franklin County, Massachusetts census records online, see: Massachusetts Census.

State Census

1855 Massachusetts State Census—A free searchable index and images to the 1855 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the FamilySearch Record Search. This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1855, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.

1865 Massachusetts State Census—A free searchable index and images to the 1865 Massachusetts State Census can be viewed on the FamilySearch Record Search This index includes every name listed on the census and is linked to an image including information about each person’s residence and age in 1865, birthplace, occupation, other family members, and neighbors.

Church

Court

Gazetteers

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has North Adams, MA newspapers (1895-1977), Pittsfield, MA newspapers (1858-1977), and Fitchburg. MA newspapers (1868-1977) covering local news that included Franklin County residents.

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 329. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.