Rhode Island Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki

(Difference between revisions)
(format change/added help resources)
(removed moderator)
Line 3: Line 3:
|moderator=<!-- Add moderator BELOW -->
|moderator=<!-- Add moderator BELOW -->
<center>[[User:Dsammy|Dsammy]]</center><!-- Add moderator ABOVE -->
<center>{{Moderator Wanted
| layout = vertical
| link = https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/FamilySearch_Wiki:Moderator
| name = State Moderator
}} </center><!-- Add moderator ABOVE -->
Line 89: Line 93:
*[[Create an external link|Add external links to articles]]  
*[[Create an external link|Add external links to articles]]  
*[[Create an internal link|Add internal links to articles]]  
*[[Create an internal link|Add internal links to articles]]  
*If you are interested in being the assistant [[FamilySearch Wiki:Moderator|moderator]] for Rhode Island, {{please contact a Sysop}}.
*Are you interested in being a&nbsp;[[FamilySearch Wiki:Moderator|moderator for Rhode Island?]]

Revision as of 19:39, 13 May 2013

News and Events
Rhode Island Genealog-ical Society Events
Rhode Island Topics
Join the Wiki Team
Become a State Moderator.
United States  Gotoarrow.png  Rhode Island

Welcome to Rhode Island & Providence Plantations, the Oceanside State
First Baptist Church in America, founded by Roger Williams in RI.
Most unique genealogical features:


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

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

Major Repositories

Rhode Island State Archives · Rhode Island Historical Society · Newport Historical Society · Brown University Library · Providence Public Library · 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


Featured Content

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.

Did you know?

  • Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Rhode Island were the Baptist, Congregational, Methodist, Protestant
    Rhode Island flag.png
    Episcopal, and Roman Catholic. Many of the early settlers were members of the Society of Friends.
  • 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.

Research Tools

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Obtain additional help

Things you can do

In order to make this wiki a better research tool, we need your help! Many tasks need to be done. You can help by:

Wiki Volunteers Wanted

To add your knowledge and help expand the wiki click here:


  1. 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.) Online database by NEHGS. (FHL Book 974.5 V2a; Film 908269+) WorldCat entry.