Rhode Island Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Rhode Island, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Deaths and Burials Index
Collection years 1802-1950
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?

This collection is an electronic index of deaths and burials for the years 1802 to 1950 taken from the following sources:

  • Indexed church records
  • Civil registrations
  • The Internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church

Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information.

This index is not complete for any particular place, region or time period. This collection may include information previously published in the International Genealogical Index.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Death / Burial

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Age
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Date and place of burial
  • Occupation
  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Names of parents
  • Birthplace of parents
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Collection Content

Coverage Table

The coverage table shows the places and time periods of the original records in this collection. The table indicates how many records the collection has from each place. Most of the records in the collection are from the time periods listed in the table; however, the collection may have a few records from before or after the time period.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1878-1914 Marriages, 1724-1916 Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950
Bristol 36,370 9,113 15,005
Kent 55,522 17,931 37,573
Newport 67,068 21,955 46,329
Providence 623,637 131,389 572,911
Rhode Island 128,850 42,426 155,789
Washington 40,070 12,876 18,462
Total 951,517 235,690 846,069

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of death
  • The residence of your ancestor
  • The names of other relatives

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


How Do I Analyze the Results?

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?

When you have located your ancestor’s death 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. Print or download a copy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Search for a cemetery record
  • Search for an obituary in a local newspaper
  • Search for the family in census records
  • Search church records for additional information about the family
  • Search for probate records

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names
  • Look for another index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • Be aware that, as with any index, transcription errors may occur

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950." Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation is found below the record.

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