Rhode Island, United States Genealogy

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United States Genealogy  Gotoarrow.png  Rhode Island, United States Genealogy

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

Rhode Island Wiki Topics
Beginning Research
Record Types
Rhode Island Background
Cultural Groups
Local Research Resources

Welcome to Rhode Island & Providence Plantations, the Ocean State
First Baptist Church in America, founded by Roger Williams in RI.

Most unique genealogical features:

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   How to Find Information about Rhode Island Ancestors

1. Birth Information
2. Marriage Information
3. Death Information

Counties[edit | edit source]

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

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

Major Repositories[edit | edit source]

Rhode Island State Archives (Wiki Page) · Rhode Island State Archives (Online Catalog) · Rhode Island Historical Society · Newport Historical Society · Brown University Rockefeller Library · Providence Public Library · Archives at the Judicial Records Center · National Archives at Boston · New England Historic Genealogical Society

Migration Routes[edit | edit source]

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


Featured Content[edit | edit source]

The state is called Rhode Island in common usage, but most of the state lies on the North American mainland. Providence Plantations refers to the mainland, while Rhode Island is actually the unofficial name for Aquidneck Island (now composed of the city of Newport, and the towns of Middletown and Portsmouth). From 1524 Italian, Dutch West India Company and British Rule of area.

Did you know?[edit | edit source]

  • Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Rhode Island were the Baptist, Congregational, Methodist, Protestant
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    Episcopal, and Roman Catholic. Many of the early settlers were members of the Society of Friends.
  • Colonial censuses (or similar lists of names) exist for 1747 to 1754, 1774, and 1782. These generally name the head of the household and the number of persons in the family.

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Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. James N. Arnold, Vital Records of Rhode Island 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People 21 vols. (Providence, R.I.: Narragansett Historical, 1891-1912.) Online database by NEHGS. (FHL Book 974.5 V2a; Film 908269+) WorldCat entry.