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Providence RI Family History Center serves the Rhode Island area.  Many from Massachusetts and Connecticut also use the Center.  The Family History Center has over 3,500 microfilms as well as microfiche from many countries.  Our volunteers can help both LDS members and the general public in researching their family histories.

FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.


Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:

Location of Providence, RI FHC on Map


1000 Narragansett Pkwy Warwick RI 02888-4713 United States

Park in back of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building near the handicap ramp.

Walk up ramp and enter side door.

Family History Center is the first door on the right.

Language: English




Tuesday: 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:30 am-9:00 pm

Thursday: 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Please note that if no patrons are in the library one half hour before closing, the center may close early.  In inclement weather, please call first to see if we are open.

Special closures 2016:

Wednesday, January 6 and 13: the Center will not open until 11:30 am.

Wednesday, January 20: the Center will not open until 1:30 pm.

Saturday, March 26

Saturday, April 2

Saturday, June 4 and 11

Month of August: Center is open only Wednesday 1-7 and Saturday 10-2.

Saturday, October 1

Saturday, November 5

Wednesday, November 23: Center closes at 3 pm.

The Center will close at 9 pm on Wednesday December 21 and will reopen at 10 am on Tuesday January 3, 2017.

Center Resources


  • FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
  • Canada Drouin Collection, The Famine Immigrants (Ireland), many volumes of Our French-Canadian Ancestors, 3 volumes of the Royal Ancestry Bible, and many books on various countries.  Plus how-to-search specific countries.

Databases and Software

  • FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions. 

Hardware and Equipment

  • 6 microfilm readers, 1 microfiche reader, microfilm scanner to print or save to flash drive, copy machine/printer, 4 computers for online research.

Center Services

Staff Research Specialties

Wednesdays 10-5:30 pm:  Elaine can help in researching Italy and reading microfilm documents, as well as with online research.

Georgette (Tuesdays 10-2), Carol (some Saturdays 10-2), and Wendy (Thursdays 10-2) have volunteered in the family history center for many years and are knowledgeable in researching many things.

Barbara (some Saturdays 10-2) can also help with Italian research, and Bob (Wednesdays 5:30-9) can help in various ways.

Resources in the Local Area

John Carter Brown Library, Brown University, 94 George St., Providence, RI 02906, 401 863-2725.

New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99-101 Newbury St., Boston, MA  02163  617 536-5740

Providence City Archives, 25 Dorrance St., Providence, RI  02903, 401 421-7740

Providence Public Library, 150 Empire St., Providence, RI  02903, 401 455-8000

Providence Public Library, Rhode Island Collection, 225 Washington St., Providence, RI  02903, 401 405-8005

Rhode Island Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, 3 Capitol Hill, Room 101, Providence, RI  02908, 401 222-2811

Rhode island Genealogical Society, Box 211, Hope, RI  02831

Rhode Island Historical Society Library, 121 Hope St., Providence, RI  02906, 401 273-8107

Rhode Island Judicial Records Center, 5 Hill St., Pawtucket, RI  02860, 401 721-2640

Rhode Island State Archivew, 337 Westminster St., Providence, RI  02903, 401 222-2353

Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, Arcade Building, Suite 65, Weybosset Street, Providence, RI  02903, 401 751-3490

American-French Genealogical Society, PO Box 830, 78 Earle St., Woonsocket, RI  02895, 401 765-6141

National Archives and Records Administration, Northeast Region (Boston), 380 Trapelo Rd, Waltham, MA  02452, 781 663-0130

Diocese of Providence, 1 Cathedral Square, Providence, RI  02903, 401 278-4546

Newport Historical Society, 82 Touro St., Newport, RI  02840, 401 846-0813

Supreme Court Law Library, 250 Benefit Street, Providence, RI  02903, 401 222-3275

United States Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI  02841, 401 841-1140

Connecticut State Library, History and Genealogy Unit, 231 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT  06106, 860 757-6500


  • http// Rhode Island State Archives

Supreme Court Judicial Records Center, Naturalization and Court Records, see Law Library above

Volunteer at the Center

This is a learn-as-you-serve center.  We would love to have anybody who can give a few hours a week or a few hours a month volunteering in our family history center.  You don't have to be especially knowlegeable, just willing.  Those you serve with and our patrons will help you learn.


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