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Guide to '''Rhode Island ancestry, family history, and genealogy '''birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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==Rhode Island Information==
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Rhode Island is a state in the northeast portion of the United States.  The capital is Providence and it is divided into 5 counties.  Rhode Island was the 13th state to ratify the Constitution on 29 May 1790.  Rhode Island was created from the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, then Sovereign state in Confederation.  <ref>Wikipedia contributors, "List of US States by Date of Admission," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_date_of_admission_to_the_Union, accessed 31 Oct 2016.</ref>
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<h3>Getting Started with Rhode Island Research</h3>
 
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Links to articles on getting started with Rhode Island research.
}}<div style="padding-left: 1px; width: 75%; float: left"><center>''[[United States|United States]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]&nbsp; [[Rhode_Island|Rhode Island]]''</center><br>{{TitleStyle1}}Welcome to Rhode Island &amp; Providence Plantations, the Oceanside State[[Image:{{FirBapChu}}]]'''''Most unique genealogical features:'''''
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*[[Step-by-Step Rhode Island Research, 1880-Present]]
*RI records are kept on the town level.
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*[[How to Find Rhode Island Birth Records|How to Find Birth Records]]
*RI had more religious diversity and [[Rhode Island Church Records|churches]] than most colonies.
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*[[How to Find Rhode Island Marriage Records|How to Find Marriage Records]]
*Large number of [[Rhode Island Genealogy#Published_Genealogies_and_Indexes|family histories]].
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*[[How to Find Rhode Island Death Records|How to Find Death Records]]
*[http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/Database/vital_records_ri/using_arnolds_vital_record_of_rhode_island_in_prin_889_102.asp Using Arnold's ''Vital Records of Rhode Island''—In Print and Online Guide].<ref>James N. Arnold, ''Vital Records of Rhode Island 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People'' 21 vols. (Providence, R.I.: Narragansett Historical, 1891-1912.) [http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/Database/vital_records_ri/default.asp Online database] by [[New England Historic Genealogical Society|NEHGS]]. ({{FHL|297884|item|disp=FHL Book 974.5 V2a; Film 908269+}}) [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/69315621 WorldCat entry].</ref>
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*[[Rhode Island Research Tips and Strategies|Research Strategies]]
  
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<h3>Rhode Island Research Tools</h3>
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Links to articles and websites that assist in Rhode Island research.
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/rhodeisland/ Boundary Changes for Rhode Island Counties]
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*[[Rhode Island Archives and Libraries|Rhode Island Archives and Libraries]]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rigenweb/ RIGenWeb]
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*[https://geonames.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=138:1:5707269042885 Geographical Names Information System] - U.S. gazetteer of places, cemeteries and post offices in Rhode Island.
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|}{{Click|Image:RI_ORP.png|Rhode Island Online Genealogy Records}} [[File:Ask the Community Button New Version.jpg|link=FamilySearch Genealogy Research Groups on Facebook]]
  
=== Counties ===
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== Rhode Island Clickable Map==
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Many genealogy records are kept on the county level in the United States. Click on a county below to go to the county Wiki article listing more information.
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*[[Bristol County, Rhode Island|Bristol]]  
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*[[Bristol County, Rhode Island Genealogy|Bristol]]  
*[[Kent County, Rhode Island|Kent]]
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*[[Kent County, Rhode Island Genealogy|Kent]]
  
 
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*[[Newport County, Rhode Island|Newport]]  
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*[[Newport County, Rhode Island Genealogy|Newport]]  
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*[[Washington County, Rhode Island|Washington]]
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'''Extinct or Renamed Counties:'''  {{nowrap|[[Dominion of New England]]{{·}}}} {{nowrap|[[Massachusetts Bay Colony]]{{·}}}} {{nowrap|[[New Netherland]]{{·}}}} {{nowrap|[[King's County, Rhode Island Genealogy|King's]]{{·}}}} {{nowrap|[[Plymouth Colony]]{{·}}}} {{nowrap|[[Providence Plantations|Providence Plantations]]{{·}}}} {{nowrap|[[Rhode Island County, Rhode Island Genealogy|Rhode Island]]}}
  
'''Extinct or Renamed Jurisdictions:&nbsp;''' {{nowrap|[[Dominion of New England]]{{·}}}} {{nowrap|[[Massachusetts Bay Colony]]{{·}}}} {{nowrap|'''[[New Netherland]]'''{{·}}}} {{nowrap|[[King's County, Rhode Island|King's]]{{·}}}} {{nowrap|[[Plymouth Colony]]{{·}}}} {{nowrap|[[Providence Plantations|Providence Plantations]]{{·}}}} {{nowrap|[[Rhode Island County, Rhode Island|Rhode Island]]}}
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== Rhode Island Migration Routes  ==
 
 
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=== Major Repositories  ===
 
 
 
[[Rhode Island State Archives|Rhode Island State Archives]]{{·}} [[Rhode Island Historical Society|Rhode Island Historical Society]]{{·}} [[Newport Historical Society|Newport Historical Society]]{{·}} [[Brown University Library|Brown University Library]]{{·}} [[Providence Public Library|Providence Public Library]]{{·}} [[Judicial Records Center, Rhode Island|Archives at the Judicial Records Center]]{{·}} [[National Archives Northeast Region (Boston)]]{{·}} [[New England Historic Genealogical Society]]
 
 
 
=== Migration Routes  ===
 
 
 
[[Atlantic Coast Ports]]{{·}} Long Island Sound{{·}} Narragansett Bay{{·}} Taunton River{{·}} [[Blackstone Valley]]{{·}} [[King's Highway]]{{·}} [[Old Roebuck Road]]
 
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The state is called Rhode Island in common usage, but most of the state lies on the North American mainland. Providence Plantations refers to the mainland, while Rhode Island is actually the unofficial name for Aquidneck Island (now composed of the city of Newport, and the towns of Middletown and Portsmouth). From 1524 Italian, Dutch West India Company and British Rule of area.
 
  
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[[Atlantic Coast Ports|Atlantic Coast Ports]]{{·}} [[Long Island Sound]]{{·}} [[Narragansett Bay]]{{·}} [[Taunton River]]{{·}} [[Blackstone Valley]]{{·}} [[King's Highway]]{{·}} [[Old Roebuck Road]]{{·}} [[Pequot Path]]
  
*Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Rhode Island were the Baptist, Congregational, Methodist, Protestant [[Image:Rhode Island flag.png|right|140px|Rhode Island flag.png]] Episcopal, and Roman Catholic. Many of the early settlers were members of the Society of Friends.  
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==FamilySearch Resources==
*Colonial censuses (or similar lists of names) exist for 1747 to 1754, 1774, and 1782. These generally name the head of the household and the number of persons in the family.
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Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.<br>
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*[[Genealogy Help on Facebook|Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
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*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/home.html Learning Center] - Online genealogy courses
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/33?region=United+States+of+America&englishRegion=United+States+of+America Historical Records] - databases and record images on FamilySearch
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*[https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=RhodeIsland Family History Center locator map]
  
=== Research Tools  ===
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== Additional Resources ==
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*'''2001-2014''' - {{RecordSearch|2311973|Currentobituary.com index, 2001-2014}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/us/ri/ Cyndi's List] - Rhode Island genealogy sites on the internet
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ri/ Rhode Island Genealogy Trails] - collection of transcribed data for the state of Rhode Island
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*[https://www.accessgenealogy.com/rhode-island-genealogy Access Genealogy] – Genealogy guide for Rhode Island
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*[http://www.ancestorhunt.com/rhode-island-genealogy.htm Ancestorhunt.com] - resources for Rhode Island genealogy research
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*[http://www.raogk.org/rhodeisland-genealogy/ Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness] - Guide to Ancestry and Family Tree Records for Rhode Island
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*[http://files.lib.byu.edu/family-history-library/research-outlines/US/RhodeIsland.pdf Rhode Island Research Outline] – Original Family History Library research outline; contains many out of date links
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*[[Rhode Island County Creation Dates and Parent Counties]]
  
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=== References ===
*The [http://rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rigenweb/ Rhode Island GenWeb Project] provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.
 
  
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*[[Rhode Island Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Rhode Island Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Rhode Island Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Rhode Island Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] [[|]]
 
*[[Rhode Island 1885 State Census, (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Rhode Island 1885 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Rhode Island 1905 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Rhode Island 1905 State Census (FamilySearch historical Records)]]
 
*[[Rhode Island 1915 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Rhode Island 1915 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Rhode Island 1925 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Rhode Island 1925 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[Rhode Island 1935 Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Rhode Island 1935 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
  
=== Obtain additional help  ===
 
 
*[https://familysearch.org/ask/gethelp Call or chat with an experienced researcher]&nbsp;
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/RhodeIslandGenealogy Join a Facebook Group]&nbsp;
 
*[[Professional Genealogists who specialize in Rhode Island Research|Consult a Professional Genealogist]]
 
 
=== Things you can do  ===
 
 
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Rhode Island

Guide to Rhode Island ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Rhode Island Information

Rhode Island is a state in the northeast portion of the United States. The capital is Providence and it is divided into 5 counties. Rhode Island was the 13th state to ratify the Constitution on 29 May 1790. Rhode Island was created from the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, then Sovereign state in Confederation. [1]

Getting Started

Getting Started with Rhode Island Research

Links to articles on getting started with Rhode Island research.

Rhode Island Research Tools

Links to articles and websites that assist in Rhode Island research.

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Rhode Island Clickable Map

Many genealogy records are kept on the county level in the United States. Click on a county below to go to the county Wiki article listing more information.

Providence CountyBristol CountyKent CountyWashington CountyNewport CountyBristol CountyKent CountyNewport CountyProvidence CountyWashington CountyRi-towns.gif

Counties



Extinct or Renamed Counties: Dominion of New England · Massachusetts Bay Colony · New Netherland · King's · Plymouth Colony · Providence Plantations · Rhode Island

Rhode Island Migration Routes

Atlantic Coast Ports · Long Island Sound · Narragansett Bay · Taunton River · Blackstone Valley · King's Highway · Old Roebuck Road · Pequot Path

FamilySearch Resources

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in resourcing your family.

Additional Resources

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References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "List of US States by Date of Admission," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_date_of_admission_to_the_Union, accessed 31 Oct 2016.