Genealogy in Franklin County, Massachusetts
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The following bibliography lists sources that may be useful in researching the genealogy and history of families that have lived in the towns of Franklin County, Massachusetts. The bibliography is arranged by subject category and alphabetically by author and title within each category. Information on library holdings is recorded in the box following each citation. For published items, only holdings of libraries profiled on the Archives and Libraries page are given when known. For unpublished and other rare sources, any library known to hold the item is listed. Many of the items listed here are also available at other libraries and research centers in New England and elsewhere.

Original records and other items microfilmed by the LDS Family History Library (also known as the Genealogical Society of Utah) are also listed below. These microfiche and microfilms are available via interlibrary loan through the LDS family history centers. Make a note of the microfiche or microfilm reel number(s) needed in order to place a request at one of the LDS family history centers.

The format of each entry in this bibliography is as follows:

  • Primary author or agency (if applicable).
    Title of the item : subtitle or additional title information (if applicable) / statements of authorship or responsibility (if applicable). -- Edition statements, map scales, first and last issue information for serials, etc. (if applicable). -- Place of publication (if applicable) : Publisher or microfilming agency (if applicable), dates.
    Physical description of the item (number of pages, reels of microfilm, etc.) : additional physical details (illustrations, maps, etc.) (if applicable). -- (Series information (if applicable))

    Notes (if applicable).

    The format of the holdings information is as follows: Name of library (linked to the address on the Archives and Libraries page, if listed there, otherwise the name is followed by the city where the library is located)

For additional sources useful in researching the genealogy and history of families in the towns of Franklin County, see the Bibliography of Newspapers and the bibliography pages associated with each town page.

Archives and Libraries

  • Wright, Carroll D.
    Report on the custody and condition of the public records of parishes, towns, and counties / by Carroll D. Wright. -- Boston : Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1889.
    li, 379 p.

    Also on microfiche. Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1984. 5 microfiches.

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (LDS FHL microfiche number 6046869)

    Also on microfilm. Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1958. 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (LDS FHL microfilm number 0176644)

    Also on microfilm. Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971. on 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (LDS FHL microfilm number 0865449 item 2)

Biography

  • Biographical review : this volume contains biographical sketches of the leading citizens of Franklin County, Massachusetts. -- Boston : Biographical Review Pub., 1895.
    668 p. : ports.

    Includes index.

    Holdings: ?

    Also on microfilm. Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988. on 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (LDS FHL microfilm number 1320725 item 1)

Census Records

  • Massachusetts. Secretary of the Commonwealth.
    Census, 1855. Franklin County. -- Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974.
    1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.

    Microreproduction of original records in the Massachusetts State Archives, Boston, Massachusetts.
    Only those records covering Franklin County, Massachusetts, are described in this entry; for the availability of microfilmed 1855 census records for other Massachusetts counties, search the LDS Family History Library Catalog.

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (LDS FHL microfilm number 0953982)

  • Massachusetts. Secretary of the Commonwealth.
    Census, 1865. Franklin County. -- Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974.
    1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.

    Microreproduction of original records in the Massachusetts State Archives, Boston, Massachusetts.
    Only those records covering Franklin County, Massachusetts, are described in this entry; for the availability of microfilmed 1865 census records for other Massachusetts counties, search the LDS Family History Library Catalog.

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (LDS FHL microfilm number 0954563)

Church History

  • A century of Catholicism in western Massachusetts : being a chronicle of the establishment, early struggle, progress and achievements of the Catholic Church in the five western counties of Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, Berkshire and Franklin. -- Springfield, Mass. : Mirror Press, [1931]
    350, cxxxii p. : ill., map, ports.

    Supplement to the Catholic mirror. Springfield, Mass., Sept., 1931.
    Michael J. Shee, editor.

    Holdings: ?

  • Packard, Theophilus.
    A history of the churches and ministers and of Franklin Association in Franklin County, Mass. : and an appendix respecting the county / by Theophilus Packard. -- Boston : S.K. Whipple, 1854.
    vii, 456 p. : ill.

    Holdings: ?


Court Records

  • Massachusetts. Court of Common Pleas (Franklin County)
    Records, 1823-1865. -- Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972.
    22 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.

    Microreproduction of original records.
    Includes indexes.

    Part title, etc.DatesLDS FHL
    microfilm number
    Dockets1823-18270854382
    Dockets1828-18360854383
    Dockets1837-18430854384
    Dockets1844-18500854385
    Dockets1851-18560854386
    Dockets1857-18620854387
    Dockets1863-18650854388
    Records1812-18150854389
    Records1815-18200854390
    Records1820-18230854391
    Records1823-18270901074
    Records1827-18300901075
    Records1830-18350901076
    Records1836-18380901077
    Records1838-18400901078
    Records1841-18430901079
    Records1844-18470901080
    Records1848-18490901081
    Records1850-18510901082
    Records1852-18540901083
    Records1854-18560901084
    Records1856-18580901085

  • Massachusetts. Supreme Judicial Court (Franklin County)
    Records, 1816-1888. -- Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972.
    6 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.

    Microreproduction of original records.

    Part title, etc.DatesLDS FHL
    microfilm number
    Index1816-18880901088
    Docket1816-18880901089
    Records1816-18340901090
    Records1834-18530901091
    Records1853-18620905231
    Records1862-18710905232

Genealogy

  • Corbin, Walter E.
    Corbin manuscript collection. -- [S.l. : s.n.], 1982.
    4 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.

    Microreproduction of manuscript collection in the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.
    Compiled by Walter E. Corbin and Lottie S. Corbin.
    Contains information transcribed from bible records, cemetery records, church records, genealogies, local histories, and town records primarily covering central and western Massachusetts.
    Only those records covering Franklin County, Massachusetts, are described in the table below; for the availability of other Corbin manuscript collection records, search the LDS Family History Library Catalog and other library catalogs.

    Part title, etc.LDS FHL
    microfilm number
    Ashfield, Bernardston, Charlemont, Colerain, Hawley0928668
    Leverett, Leyden, New Salem, Northfield0928669
    Rowe, Shutebury, South Deerfield, Sunderland0928670
    Warwick, Wendell, Whatley0928671


    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (For LDS FHL microfilm numbers, see the table above)

  • Severance, Charles S.
    Genealogical gleanings. -- Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972.
    on 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.

    Microreproduction of unpublished typescript in the Greenfield Town Hall, Greenfield, Massachusetts.
    Contains genealogies and histories and many old families of Franklin County, Massachusetts.
    Includes index.

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (LDS FHL microfilm number 0886777 item 13)

  • Shepard, Elmer I., 1878-1966.
    Elmer I. Shepard collection : Massachusetts family group records, ca. 1550-1900. -- Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990. on 2 microfilm reels ; 16 mm.

    Microreproduction of manuscript in the Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
    Genealogical data arranged by location and then by surname.
    Only those records covering Franklin County, Massachusetts, are described in the table below; for the availability of other Elmer I. Shepard collection records, search the LDS Family History Library Catalog and other library catalogs.

    Part title, etc.LDS FHL
    microfilm number
    Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont (through Calvin Smith)1684310
    item 16
    Charlemont (beginning with Calvin Smith), Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Montague, Northfield, Rowe, Shelburne, Sunderland, Warwick, Whately, and Wendell1684311
    item 1-18


    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (For LDS FHL microfilm numbers, see the table above)

History

  • History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts : with illustration and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers. -- Philadelphia : L.H. Everts, 1879.
    2 v. : ill., maps, ports.

    Contents: v. 1. History of the Connecticut Valley / N.B. Sylvester. History of Hampshire County / H. Mack -- v. 2. History of Franklin County / S.W. Durant. History of Hampden County / S.W. Durant.

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library

  • Also on microfilm. Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972. on 2 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.

    Part title, etc.LDS FHL
    microfilm number
    Vol. 10886992 item 2
    Vol. 20886993 item 1

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (For LDS FHL microfilm numbers, see the table above)

    Also on microfilm. Tucson, Ariz. : Filmed by the W.C. Cox Co., 1974. 1 microfilm reel ; 16 mm.

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (LDS FHL microfilm number 1000063)

  • Holland, Josiah Gilbert.
    History of western Massachusetts : the counties of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, and Berkshire : embracing an outline, or general history, of the section, an account of its scientific aspects and leading interests, and separate histories of its one hundred towns / by Josiah Gilbert Holland. -- Springfield [Mass.] : S. Bowles, 1855.
    2 v.

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (v. 2 only)

  • Vol. 2 also on microfilm. Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1974. on 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library (LDS FHL microfilm number 0924654 item 1)

  • Howe, Donald W.
    Quabbin, the lost valley / compiled by Donald W. Howe. -- Ware, Mass. : Quabbin Book House, 1951.
    xviii, 631 p., [4] leaves of plates : ill., facsims., ports.

    Includes index.

    Holdings: LDS Family History Library

Land Records

  • Franklin County (Mass.). Register of Deeds.
    Deeds, 1787-1889. -- Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1972.
    129 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.

    Microreproduction of original records in the Franklin County Courthouse, Greenfield, Massachusetts.
    For deeds covering the period before 1787 for the area later organized as Franklin County, Massachusetts, see Hampden County (Mass.). Register of Deeds. Deeds, 1636-1800 in this bibliography.
    Dates in the table below are approximate.

    Part title, etc.DatesLDS FHL
    microfilm number
    Grantor index, A-B1787-18890893536
    Grantor index, C-E1787-18890893537
    Grantor index, F-H1787-18890893538
    Grantor index, I-M1787-18890893539
    Grantor index, N-Q1787-18890893540
    Grantor index, R1787-18890893541
    Grantor index, S-T1787-18890893542
    Grantor index, V-Z1787-18890893543
    Grantee index, A-B1787-18890893544
    Grantee index, C1787-18890893545
    Grantee index, D-F1787-18890893546
    Grantee index, G-K1787-18890893547
    Grantee index, L-Q1787-18890893548
    Grantee index, R-S1787-18890893549
    Grantee index, T-Z1787-18890893550
    Deeds, v. 11787-17910893551
    Deeds, v. 21787-17890893552
    Deeds, v. 31789-17910893553
    Deeds, v. 41791-17930893554
    Deeds, v. 51791-17950893555
    Deeds, v. 61793-17940893556
    Deeds, v. 71793-17950893557
    Deeds, v. 81794-17960893558
    Deeds, v. 91795-18070893559
    Deeds, v. 101796-17980893560
    Deeds, v. 111794-17980893561
    Deeds, v. 12-131798-18000893804
    Deeds, v. 141799-18000893805
    Deeds, v. 151800-18020893806
    Deeds, v. 161800-18020893807
    Deeds, v. 171802-18030893808
    Deeds, v. 18-191802-18050893809
    Deeds, v. 201803-18050893810
    Deeds, v. 21-221805-18060893811
    Deeds, v. 23-241806-18080893812
    Deeds, v. 251807-18090893813
    Deeds, v. 26-271807-18100893814
    Deeds, v. 281810-18160893815
    Deeds, v. 291810-18170893816
    Deeds, v. 301812-18130893817
    Deeds, v. 311812-18140893818
    Deeds, v. 321813-18140893819
    Deeds, v. 331814-18180893820
    Deeds, v. 341814-18160893821
    Deeds, v. 351815-18160893822
    Deeds, v. 361816-18170893823
    Deeds, v. 37-381816-18170893824
    Deeds, v. 39-411817-18190893825
    Deeds, v. 42-441818-18200893826
    Deeds, v. 45-461819-18210893827
    Deeds, v. 47-491820-18230893828
    Deeds, v. 50-521821-18260893940
    Deeds, v. 53-551823-18250893941
    Deeds, v. 56-571824-18250893942
    Deeds, v. 58-591824-18260893943
    Deeds, v. 60-621825-18270893944
    Deeds, v. 63-651826-18280893945
    Deeds, v. 66-681827-18290893946
    Deeds, v. 69-711828-18300893947
    Deeds, v. 72-741829-18350893948
    Deeds, v. 75-761830-18310893949
    Deeds, v. 77-791832-18330893950
    Deeds, v. 80-821832-18330893951
    Deeds, v. 83-851833-18370893952
    Deeds, v. 86-881833-18350893953
    Deeds, v. 89-911834-18380893954
    Deeds, v. 92-931835-18370893955
    Deeds, v. 94-951835-18370893956
    Deeds, v. 96-981836-18370878332
    Deeds, v. 99-1011837-18380878333
    Deeds, v. 102-1041837-18390878334
    Deeds, v. 105-1071839-18400878335
    Deeds, v. 108-1091838-18400878336
    Deeds, v. 110-1121835-18430878337
    Deeds, v. 113-1141839-18410878338
    Deeds, v. 115-1161838-18420878339
    Deeds, v. 117-1191841-18430878340
    Deeds, v. 120-1221836-18420878341
    Deeds, v. 123-1251843-18440878342
    Deeds, v. 126-1271844-18450878343
    Deeds, v. 128-1301842-18460878344
    Deeds, v. 131-1321844-18450878345
    Deeds, v. 133-1341845-18470878346
    Deeds, v. 135-1371844-18470878347
    Deeds, v. 138-1401846-18480878348
    Deeds, v. 141-1431847-18490878349
    Deeds, v. 144-1461847-18490878350
    Deeds, v. 147-1501841-18530878351
    Deeds, v. 151-1541843-18510878352
    Deeds, v. 155-1561849-18510878353
    Deeds, v. 157-1591849-18500878354
    Deeds, v. 160-1621850-18510878355
    Deeds, v. 163-1651851-18540878356
    Deeds, v. 166-1691851-18520878357
    Deeds, v. 170-17218520878358
    Deeds, v. 173-1751852-18540878359
    Deeds, v. 176-1781852-18530878360
    Deeds, v. 179-18018530878361
    Deeds, v. 181-1821853-18540878362
    Deeds, v. 183-1841854-18550878363
    Deeds, v. 185-18718540878364
    Deeds, v. 188-1901854-18550878365
    Deeds, v. 191-1931854-18550878366
    Deeds, v. 194-1961855-18570878367
    Deeds, v. 197-1981855-18570878368
    Deeds, v. 199-2011856-18570878369
    Deeds, v. 202-2041856-18570878370
    Deeds, v. 205-2071856-18570878371
    Deeds, v. 208-2091857-18580878372
    Deeds, v. 210-2111857-18580878373
    Deeds, v. 212-2141858-18590878374
    Deeds, v. 215-2171858-18590878375
    Deeds, v. 218-2191859-18610878376
    Deeds, v. 2201859-18600878377
    Deeds, v. 221-2221859-18610878378
    Deeds, v. 2231860-18610901029
    Deeds, v. 224-2251859-18610900711
    Deeds, v. 226-2281860-18620900712
    Deeds, v. 229-2311860-18630900713
    Deeds, v. 232-2341861-18630900714
    Deeds, v. 235-2371862-18640900715
    Deeds, v. 238-2401862-18650900716
    Deeds, v. 241-2431863-18650900717
    Deeds, v. 244-2451864-18650900718
    Deeds, v. 246-2491864-18670900719
    Deeds, v. 250-2511864-18690900720
    Deeds, v. 252-2541865-18710900721
    Deeds, v. 255-2571865-18710900722
    Deeds, v. 2581865-18670900723

  • Hampden County (Mass.). Register of Deeds.
    Deeds, 1636-1800. -- Salt Lake City : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970.
    37 microfilm reels ; 35 mm.

    Microreproduction of original records in the Hampden County Courthouse, Springfield, Massachusetts.
    Only those records covering the period before 1787 which include deeds for the area later organized as Franklin County, Massachusetts, are described in the table below; for the availability of microfilmed deeds for Hampden County, Massachusetts, after 1787, search the LDS Family History Library Catalog; for deeds covering area later organized as Franklin County, see Franklin County (Mass.). Register of Deeds. Deeds, 1787-1889 in this bibliography.
    Dates in the table below are approximate.

    Part title, etc.DatesLDS FHL
    microfilm number
    Grantee index, A-Z1636-18000844472
    Grantor index, A-K1636-18000844476
    Grantor index, L-Z1636-18000844477
    Deeds, v. A-B1638-17150844486
    Deeds, v. C-D1715-17260844487
    Deeds, v. E-F1726-17330844488
    Deeds, v. G-I11733-17370844489
    Deeds, v. I2-K1735-17440844490
    Deeds, v. L-M1737-17420844491
    Deeds, v. N-O1742-17460844492
    Deeds, v. P-Q1744-17480844493
    Deeds, v. R-S1747-17500844494
    Deeds, v. T-U1750-17560844495
    Deeds, v. W-X1751-17550844496
    Deeds, v. Y1755-17570844497
    Deeds, v. Z1756-17620844498
    Deeds, v. 11757-17590844499
    Deeds, v. 21759-17610845689
    Deeds, v. 31762-17650845690
    Deeds, v. 41761-17620845691
    Deeds, v. 51763-17650845692
    Deeds, v. 617650845693
    Deeds, v. 7-81765-17700845694
    Deeds, v. 9-101768-17720845695
    Deeds, v. 11-121770-17740845696
    Deeds, v. 13-14/11773-17780845697
    Deeds, v. 14/2-151774-17800845698
    Deeds, v. 16-171778-17810845699
    Deeds, v. 18-191781-17830845700
    Deeds, v. 20-211781-17840845701
    Deeds, v. 22-231782-17850845702
    Deeds, v. 241784-17850845703
    Deeds, v. 251785-17860845704
    Deeds, v. 261784-17860845705
    Deeds, v. 271786-17870845706
    Deeds, v. 281786-17910845707
    Deeds, v. 291787-17900845708

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