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Rhode Island Family History & Genealogy Centers

Rhode Island is a smaller sized but nevertheless a powerful state, with an abundant and vibrant historical past that provides a very significant role in the continuing development of the United States. Citizens of this powerful state that would like to read more about their ancestors and forefathers may start their investigation at one of the Rhode Island family history centers. These magnificent offices function as the extension to the most significant genealogy library in the entire world which is the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. These helpful centers are operated and owned proficiently by the Rhode Island LDS Family Search but nevertheless, these invaluable resources are given at no cost to the general population. With a variety of printed documents and electronic data, you will end up finding the important information you are interested in.

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
1000 Narragansett Pkwy
Warwick, Rhode Island 02888
(401) 463-8150
Notes: Best place for Ireland, Canada, English, Italian, Swedish and Azorean research

Rhode Island Genealogy Resources

The powerful state of Rhode Island (RI) family research worker will certainly perform very well, if they are well-versed on the procedures, laws and regulations of the state. You may need help in finding the information you need in locating your ancestors from the huge archive. A great number of information that are interesting to the family researcher are kept at the nearby place. Nevertheless, public essential data files, starting from the early year of 1853, are contained at the magnificent State Archives. Birth & marriage data files, usually have a one hundred years of privacy restrictions. Consequently, only from early years 1853 to 1961 birth as well as wedding data files are available as of today. Death certificates and records that offer the family research worker a plethora of invaluable knowledge, can carry a remarkable 50 year strict restriction. Research workers & experts may possibly access death data files from the year 1853 to 1960 with ease.

To facilitate Rhode Island ancestor studies state enumerations for years from 1865 to 1935 are secured at the magnificent State Archives could help complete the gaps in your research. Colonial censuses that dated from early years in 1774 to 1782 can certainly be found at the State Archives as well.

For supplemental fundamental Rhode Island research tips visit the Rhode Island Genealogical Society FAQ site.

Microfilmed duplicates of daily papers from 1732 are held at the Rhode Island Historical Society Library. This vault moreover holds the greatest accumulation of family history original copies.

Province Public Library
225 Washington St.
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
(401) 455-8079
Note: The Rhode Island Collection, held at Province Public Library features City of Province and state materials. The Collection includes the Providence Journal from 1829 – present and Evening Bulletin newspaper from 1867-1995 (last publication).

Rhode Island State Archives
337 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2353

Rhode Island Historical Society Library John Brown House Museum
52 Power Street
Providence RI 02906
Phone: 401-273-7507

John Hay Library, Special Collections Sidney S. Rider Collection
Brown University
20 Prospect St / Box A
Providence RI 02912
(401) 863-1000

Newport Historical Society 82 Touro Street
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 846-0813

Rhode Island Genealogy Websites

Rhode Island Native American Research – For your Native American ancestral research, visit the Rhode Island (RI) GenWeb Project. The online database offers over 1600 American Indian Place Names beginning with RI colonial history.

Rhode Island African American Research – Newport Historical Society holds an extensive collection for African American researchers. This collection includes Congregational Church and African Benevolent Society Membership books beginning in the 1780’s. The God’s Little Acre common burial ground records can also be found at the Newport Historical Society. God’s Little Acre is the largest marked slave burial ground in America.

Vital Records of Rhode Island, 1636-1850 (1891) by Arnold, James Newell

Cyndi’s List – Rhode Island

Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Database

Family Search Wiki – Rhode Island

Rhode Island Formation Map

The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island: Comprising Three Generations of Settlers Who Came Before 1690, by Austin, John Osborne.