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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Rhode Island, United States
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Location of Rhode Island
Record Description
Record Type Births
Collection years 1639-1932
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes records from 1639 to 1932. It consists of an index to various town and vital births from all the counties: Bristol, Kent, Newport, Providence, and Washington.

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

What Can this Collection Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The index may contain any of the following

  • Name of the primary person
  • Gender
  • Relationships
  • Parents' names
  • Spouse's name
  • Event date

How Do I Search the Collection?[edit | edit source]

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of birth
  • The place of birth
  • The names of the child's parents

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

You will be able to search this collection when it is published.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the dates and names to find the family in census records.
  • Use the dates and names to find the family in church records.
  • Use the dates and names to find the family in land records.
  • Use the dates and names to find the family in additional town and county records.
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname. This is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.


I Can't Find Who I'm Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Rhode Island.

Citing this Collection[edit | edit source]

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:
A citation will be available on the Collection Details page when the collection is published.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.


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