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Rhode Island Genealogy Resources

  • Austin, John Osborne, and George Andrews Moriarty. The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island; Comprising Three Generations of Settlers Who Came Before 1690, with Many Families Carried to the Fourth Generation. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1969. This work consists of alphabetically arranged genealogical tables of approximately five hundred Rhode Island families, representing thousands of descendants of pre-1690 settlers, all carried to the third generation, and some--about a hundred families--carried to the fourth. The majority of the entries contain records of births and, in all but the last generation, marriages, deaths, and places of residence, with excerpts from wills and deeds and other court records.

  • Brigham, Clarence S. Bibliography of Rhode Island History. Boston ; New York : Mason Pub. Co., 1902.
     
  • Printed extracts of the Rhode Island Colonial Record, printed by order of the legislature, transcribed and edited by John Russell Bartlett, 19 vols, published Providence: A.C. Green, 1856-1865. Title also known as Rhode Island Records. This is an excellent source for finding a reference to a resident of Rhode Island during the Colonial period.

  • Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1878-1914 – Name index to birth, baptism and christening records from the state of Rhode Island. FamilySearch.
     
  • Rhode Island Cemeteries Database.

  • Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950 – Name index to death and burial records from the state of Rhode Island. FamilySearch.
     
  • Rhode Island Genealogical Society. The Rhode Island Genealogical Society was begun in 1975 by a small group of individuals interested specifically in Rhode Island Families and the problems inherent in tracing them. Since then, we have grown to include about 900 members from across the United States, Canada and Mexico, all working to uncover our Rhode Island roots.

  • Rhode Island Records Advisory Board. Rhode Island Historical Records Repositories Directory. This directory was created as a result of the Historical Records Repository Survey conducted by the Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board. Each directory entry links to a description of the repository and its holdings.
     
  • Rhode Island State Census, 1935. Original manuscripts at the Rhode Island State Archives, Providence. Filmed as "Census, 1936" by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1991, 132 rolls, beginning with film #1753773.
     
  • Rhode Island GenWeb Project.
     
  • Rhode Island Roots.

  • Rhode Island Marriages 1724-1916 - Name index to marriage records from the state of Rhode Island - 235,690 records after 7 May, 2010. FamilySearch.org.
     
  • Rhode Island Census 1885 – (FamilySearch) Imaged Records – This project was indexed in partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Name index and images of census population schedules of the population of the state of Rhode Island as June 1, 1885
     
  • Rhode Island State Census 1905 – (FamilySearch) Imaged Records -Images and index to the population schedule of the census Rhode Island taken by the state in 1905. The 1905 state census lists Rhode Island residents of the state as of 1905. Each resident is listed on a single form. The forms are arranged in order by place of residence (county, town or city, ward, enumeration district), then by gender, and then alphabetically by surname. The census tells whether a person is the head of household or lists relationship of the person to the head of household.
     
  • Rhode Island State Census 1915 – (FamilySearch) Imaged Records – Images and index to population schedule of the census of Rhode Island taken by the state in 1915. The 1915 state census of Rhode Island lists residents of Rhode Island as of April 15, 1915. Residents are listed by household and relationship to head of household is given. Children born after April 15, 1915 were not included. The census is arranged by county and then enumeration district.
     
  • Rhode Island State Census 1925 – (FamilySearch) Imaged Records – Images and index to the 1925 Rhode Island state census. The census lists residents of the state as of April 15, 1925 by household. The head of household is indicated and the relationship of each person to the head of household is given. Children born after April 15, 1925 are not listed. The records are arranged by county and enumeration district.

  • Rhode Island State Census 1935 – (FamilySearch) Imaged Records – Images and index to population schedule of the census of Rhode Island taken by that state in 1935. Officially known as the 1935 state census, these schedules are on computer cards dated January 1936. This census is an every-name list of the state’s inhabitants as of 1935. The records are arranged by county and town and then alphabetically by surname. People enumerated in the census are recorded individually; the census records do not show individuals in family groups
     
  • Taylor, Maureen A. Research in Rhode Island. Washington, D.C.: National Genealogical Society, 2001.
     
  • Wilbour, Benjamin Franklin, compiler. Little Compton Families. 5th edition. 2 vols. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield Company, Inc., 2007, 1997.