Bristol County, Rhode Island Genealogy

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Bristol County, Rhode Island
Map of Rhode Island highlighting Bristol County
Location in the state of Rhode Island
Map of the U.S. highlighting Rhode Island
Location of Rhode Island in the U.S.
Founded 1685
County Seat Bristol
Named for: Bristol, England

United States Gotoarrow-kelly.png Rhode Island Gotoarrow-kelly.png Bristol County

County Courthouse

There is no county government. Government level is at town and state levels.

Quick Facts

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Bristol County, Rhode Island

Named for Bristol, Gloucestershire, England.

Parent County

17 February 1746: Created from land gained from Bristol County, Massachusetts after resolution of a boundary dispute between the two colonies .[1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Records are kept at town level. Research at town level.

Places / Localities

The preceding list of places includes incorporated cities and towns, unincorporated towns and communities, and place names that may have been used in family histories. Some have well-organized records and even have web sites. Some are simply social communities with no official records, but which may be referenced in small-town newspapers. The list is provided to help researchers identify localities within the county. As records or histories of these localities are identified, a page will be added for each of these place names.


Archives and Libraries


Church History and Records

Court Records


  • Sowams: with ancient records of Sowams and parts adjacent; illustrated. Warren is current name for Sowams. FHL Collection

Land and Property


Military History and Records


Probate Records


Vital Records

Societies, Libraries and Museums



  1. WorldCat 50140092FHL Collection Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed.] (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002)