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Guide to Bristol County Rhode Island genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Bristol County, Rhode Island
Map
Map of Rhode Island highlighting Bristol County
Location in the state of Rhode Island
Facts
Founded 1685
County Seat Bristol
Courthouse
Named for: Bristol, Gloucestershire, England

Contents

County Courthouse

Bristol County Courthouse
1 Dorrance Plaza;
Warren, RI 02885-4369
Phone: 508.823.6588 

There is no Co Clk in Bristol Co; Twn & City Clks have
birth, marriage, death and probate records;
Clerk District Court has court records
Four twns in Bristol County)
Towns Organized Before 1800: Barrington 1717, Bristol 1681, Warren 1746-7

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

Quick Facts

Wikipedia
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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

For animated maps illustrating Rhode Island County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Rhode Island County Boundary Maps" (1643-1963) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

  • Lost census: 1890

Records are kept at the town level. Please research at that level.

Places / Localities

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Modern towns and cities in Bristol County, Rhode Island. Click map to go to each respective town page.

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.

Resources

Archives and Libraries

Asylums

Biographies

Cemeteries

Census

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

Church History and Records

Court Records

Genealogy

Mailing Lists

Message Boards

History

Land and Property

Maps

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Military History and Records

Revolutionary War

World War I

World War II

Korean Conflict

Vietnam

Mines, Mining and Mineral Resources

Newspapers

Marriages

Obituaries

Passenger Lists

Probate Records

Taxation

Vital Records

See also How to order Rhode Island Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Rhode Island Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.

Births

Marriages

Deaths

Societies, Libraries and Museums

See also a List of Rhode Island Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Family History Centers


Websites

References

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

 

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