Providence County, Rhode Island Genealogy

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Providence County, Rhode Island
Map of Rhode Island highlighting Providence County
Location in the state of Rhode Island
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Location of Rhode Island in the U.S.
Founded June 16, 1729
County Seat

County Courthouse

Providence County Courthouse
250 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401.277.671

Probate Judge has probate records
Family Court has divorce records;
Municipal Court has court records;
Recorder Deeds has land records;
Town and  City Clerks have birth, marriage and death records
(22 twns in Providence Co) Towns Organized Before 1800; Cranston 1754, Cumberland 1746-7, Foster 1781, Gloucester 1730-1, Johnston 1759, North Providence 1765, Providence 1636, Scituate 1730-1, Smithfield 1730-1 

There is no county government. The government is located at town and state levels.

Quick Facts

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

Named for the Divine Providence.

16 June 1729: Renamed Providence County. [1]

Parent County

1703: Formed as Providence Plantations County.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890

Places / Localities

Clickable Town Map

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Archives and Libraries



For tips on accessing Providence County, Rhode Island Genealogy census records online, see: Rhode Island Census.

Church History and Records (Rural)



Fold3 ($) has Providence City Directories 1861-1924 available online.




Military History and Records

Naturalization and Citizenship


  • 1778-1784, 1799-1828 - The Providence Gazette at Google News - free.
  • 1779-1781 - The American Journal and General Advertiser at Google News - free.
  • 1785-1795 - The Providence Gazette and Country Journal at Google News - free.
  • 1799-1801 - The Providence Journal at Google News - free.


The probate records of Providence, 1670 to 1730, have been published. See Frank Calef's index to Providence probate records of 1663 to 1775 (FHL 022385).


Vital Records

Societies, Libraries and Museums


Family History Centers



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].
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