Rhode Island Deaths and Burials - FamilySearch Historical Records

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

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

  • Indexed church records
  • Civil registrations
  • The Internet indexing project sponsored by The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Microfilm copies of these records are avilable at the Family History Library and Family History Centers. This set contains 846,069 records. Church records and civil registration were official sources and are some of the most reliable sources of family history information. Cure to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later. 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.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the collection title. However, there may be records before and after these dates. As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.

Locality Records
Bristol 15,005
Kent 37,573
Newport 46,329
Providence 572,911
Rhode Island 155,789
Washington 18,462

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

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[edit | edit source]

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


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 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?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • 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?[edit | edit source]

  • 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

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]

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:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.

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