Rhode Island Genealogists
Our Rhode Island genealogists are available to research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the archives and libraries in Rhode Island, as well as help you with other special requests.
Rhode Island State Archives and Libraries
Our researchers are available to visit local archives and libraries to access unique record collections to help with your research. Below is a list of a few of the archives our Rhode Island researchers have access to.
Rhode Island State Archives (Providence, Rhode Island)
The Rhode Island State Archives contain town records that date from 1638 to the present day. The archives also hold state censuses at ten-year intervals from 1865 to 1935, state birth and marriage records from 1853 to 1897, and state deaths from 1853 to 1947. The archives are home to an extensive collection of maps as well.
Rhode Island State Library (Providence, Rhode Island)
The Rhode Island State Library is home to the largest book collection in the state. This collection includes nearly every state and town history available, as well as a large amount of biographies and genealogies. Their collection is mostly legislation related, with their earliest holdings on this subject matter dating back to 1750. Some of their most popular sections of their collection include Rhode Island government manuals, which date back to 1867, and Rhode Island Acts and Resolves that date back to 1750.
Rockefeller Library at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island)
The Rockefeller Library has such an impressive collection that is has been referred to as the “second state archives”. Their holdings include an extensive book collection, with manuscripts that specialize in information on the New England colonists. Biographies and genealogies can also be found here.
Newport Historical Society Archives (Newport, Rhode Island)
The Newport Historical Society has articles in its archives that date back to the society’s founding in 1854. Their archives contain works on the history of Newport County and the surrounding areas with over 12,000 volumes dedicated to this subject. Rhode Island was created by refugees fleeing from other colonies, and therefore the historical works here also include information on early southeastern New England families. Records of early colonial southeastern New England governments can be found here as well.
Providence City Archives (Providence, Rhode Island)
The Providence City Archives have an in-depth collection of historical and genealogical records. These articles include early town records and vital records, such as birth, death, and marriage records from 1636 to the mid-20th century. Other records contained here are probate records and indices, a property records, records from government proceedings, and tax records.
Roger Williams University’s Library (Bristol, Rhode Island)
The Roger Williams University’s library is home to an extremely large book collection as well as periodicals, newspapers, biography indexes, genealogies, and family histories. The university is also the location of the largest collection of information on the Baptist church and its members in New England.
Rhode Island Historical Society’s Archives (Providence, Rhode Island)
The Rhode Island Historical Society has collected more genealogical articles than anywhere else in the state. Their archives include local histories, manuscripts, censuses, as well as cemetery and military records. They also have family bibles, family histories, and religious records. The society’s archives also hold birth records from 1636 to 1898, marriage records from 1636 to 1900, death records from 1636 to 1920, and passenger lists from 1620 to 1941.
Archives on Rhode Island Minorities
Rhode Island Black Heritage Society’s Archives (Providence, Rhode Island)
The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society is one of the oldest African Heritage societies in the country. Their mission, in their own words, is “the preservation of African Diaspora descendant’s historical artifacts – books, art, papers, and images, as well as facilitating the interpretation efforts by those seeking to enlighten others about our heritage”. All of the articles in their archives focuses on the history and accomplishments of the African American community in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association’s Archives (Providence, Rhode Island)
The Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association provides information from the past and the present on the Jewish community in Rhode Island. Their archives include city directories, information on different synagogues and their members and archives of different publications. These include the Jewish Voice, the Jewish Herald, and the Jewish Voice and Herald. Researchers can also find information on individual members of the Jewish Rhode Island community and a selection of obituaries.
American-French Genealogical Society’s Archives
The American-French Genealogical Society is home to collections that focus on cultural, genealogical, historical and biographical information on Americans of French and French Canadian descent. They hold cemetery, headstone, and obituary records. There are also records of French-American marriages in Rhode Island.
Our genealogists specialize in researching all different types of documentation, and the list above is simply a small sample of what they can help you with.