Index to Probate, 1812 to 1925
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Franklin County was created by law from Hampshire County on 24 June 1811, being almost half of the northern part of the county. The act took effect on 2 December 1811. The first matter recorded was a probate on 7 April 1812.
In the survey of state records published in 1889, the probate books and files were in good condition and complete. Each volume has its own index. The original indexes, dockets, records, and files from 1812 to 1971 are at the Judicial Archives in Boston. Records after 1971 are at the county office in Greenfield:
Franklin County Courthouse
425 Main Street
PO Box 590
Greenfield MA 01301
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Most of the records have been microfilmed. These microfilms can be found at the Judicial Archives at the Mass. Archives in Boston, the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, and at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City as:
Docket books, 1812-1921
Records books, 1812-1894