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Rhode Island, United States Genealogy

Guide to Rhode Island ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Rhode Island Information

Rhode Island is a state in the northeast portion of the United States. The capital is Providence and it is divided into 5 counties. Rhode Island was the 13th state to ratify the Constitution on 29 May 1790. Rhode Island was created from the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, then Sovereign state in Confederation. [1]

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Many genealogy records are kept on the county level in the United States. Click on a county below to go to the county Wiki article listing more information.

Providence CountyBristol CountyKent CountyWashington CountyNewport CountyBristol CountyKent CountyNewport CountyProvidence CountyWashington CountyRi-towns.gif


Extinct or Renamed Counties: Dominion of New England · Massachusetts Bay Colony · New Netherland · King's · Plymouth Colony · Providence Plantations · Rhode Island

Rhode Island Migration Routes

Atlantic Coast Ports · Long Island Sound · Narragansett Bay · Taunton River · Blackstone Valley · King's Highway · Old Roebuck Road · Pequot Path

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  1. Wikipedia contributors, "List of US States by Date of Admission," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 31 Oct 2016.