Rhode Island Bible Records
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Online Records[edit | edit source]
- The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has an index of over 40,000 digitized family Bible records and each day more records are digitized and added to the Index.
- Index to Early Bible Records provides a free index to over 17,000 online and offline pre-1830 Bible records.
- Start with the free Index to Early Bible Records (pre-1830; 17,000 entries).
- Six volumes of Rhode Island Bible Records, copied by Josephine Keefer Short and Mrs. Bentley W. Morse, are at the Rhode Island Historical Society and the Family History Library. FHL film 22395 items 4–9
- Some Bible records at the Newport Historical Society (82 Touro Street, Newport, Rhode Island 02840) are also at the Family History Library. FHL film 945224 item 1
- Daughters of the American Revolution (Florida), Miscellaneous Bible and Cemetery Records (SLC, Utah, 1971) FHL film 850403 item 7
- New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston, Massachusetts), Family bible records from the Manuscripts Collection of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston, Massachusetts:New England Historic Genealogical Society, c2001) FHL CD-ROM no. 1299
- Copies, or abstracts of old family Bibles that are no longer known to exist, may survive in Revolutionary War Pension application files at NARA, Washington, D.C., which are available online at three commercial websites: Ancestry, Fold3, and Heritage Quest Online.
Rhode Island Bible Records[edit | edit source]
A Bible was often given by relatives to a bride as a wedding gift, where she recorded information about her immediate family and close relatives. Relationships were seldom stated but were often implied. Names of parents, children, and their spouses, including maiden names, were frequently given along with dates of birth, marriage, and death. Sometimes the age of a person was given at the time of death. Many families kept Bible records from the 1700s (and sometimes earlier) to more recent times, although few have survived. Some have been donated to local libraries or societies.