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The following important events in the history of Rhode Island affected political boundaries, record keeping, and family movements:  
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''[[United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow-kelly.png]] [[Rhode Island|Rhode Island]] [[Image:Gotoarrow-kelly.png]] [[Rhode_Island_History|History]]''
  
'''1636: '''Religious dissenters from [[Massachusetts|Massachusetts]] founded Providence. Settlements soon followed at Portsmouth, Newport, and Warwick. Each town kept deed, probate, and vital records.
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=== Brief History  ===
  
'''1663:''' A royal charter created the United Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.  
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The following important events in the history of [[Rhode Island]] affected political jurisdictions, family movements, and record keeping.  
  
'''1747:''' Rhode Island gained the towns of Bristol, Little Compton, Tiverton, and Warren from Massachusetts.  
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*'''1636: '''Religious dissenters from [[Massachusetts|Massachusetts]] founded Providence. Settlements soon followed at Portsmouth, Newport, and Warwick. Each town kept deed, probate, and vital records.
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*'''1663:''' A royal charter created the United Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
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*'''1747:''' Rhode Island gained the towns of Bristol, Little Compton, Tiverton, and Warren from Massachusetts.
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*'''1790:''' Rhode Island was the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution and become a state.
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*'''1830s-1840s: '''As the factory system developed, thousands of foreign laborers began moving into Rhode Island.
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*'''1861-1865: '''During the [[United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865|Civil War]], 25,000 men from Rhode Island served in the Union armed forces.
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*'''1862:''' Rhode Island gained the town of East Providence and part of the town of Pawtucket from Massachusetts. Massachusetts received Fall River, which earlier had been the northern part of Tiverton.
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*'''1898:''' Over 300,000 men were involved in the [http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/1898/ Spanish-American War] which was fought mainly in Cuba and the Philippines.
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*'''1917–1918:''' More than 26 million men from the United States ages 18 through 45 registered with the Selective Service. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I World War I] over 4.7 million American men and women served during the war.
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*'''1930's:''' [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Depression The Great Depression] closed many factories and mills. Many small farms were abandoned, and many families moved to cities.
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*'''1940–1945:''' Over 50.6 million men ages 18 to 65 registered with the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selective_Training_and_Service_Act_of_1940 Selective Service]. Over 16.3 million American men and women served in the armed forces during [http://www.worldwar-2.net/ World War II].
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*'''1950–1953:''' Over 5.7 million American men and women served in the [http://www.korean-war.com/ Korean War].
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*'''1950's–1960's''' The building of [http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/nhs/ interstate highways] made it easier for people to move long distances.
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*'''1964–1972:''' Over 8.7 million American men and women served in the [http://www.vietnam-war.0catch.com/ Vietnam War].
  
'''1790:''' Rhode Island was the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution and become a state.
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=== Historical Content  ===
  
'''1830s-1840s: '''As the factory system developed, thousands of foreign laborers began moving into Rhode Island.  
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Histories are great sources of genealogical information. Many contain biographical information about individuals who lived in the area, including:
  
'''1861-1865: '''During the [[United States Civil War, 1861 to 1865|Civil War]], 25,000 men from Rhode Island served in the Union armed forces.
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*Place of birth, death, or marriage
  
'''1862:''' Rhode Island gained the town of East Providence and part of the town of Pawtucket from Massachusetts. Massachusetts received Fall River, which earlier had been the northern part of Tiverton.
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*Occupation
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*Migration
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*Military service
  
A helpful source for studying the history of Rhode Island is Edward Field, ed., ''State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations at the End of the Century'', Three Volumes. (Boston, Massachusetts: Mason Publishing Co, 1902; Family History Library book 974.5 H2f; film 1033776; fiche 6046716).
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*Descendants
  
A bibliography of local histories for Rhode Island is in Roger Parks, ed., ''Rhode Island: A Bibliography of Its History'' (Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 1983; FHL book 974.5 H23r).
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[[Category:Rhode_Island]]
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=== Local Histories  ===
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Some of the most valuable sources for family history research are local histories. Published histories of towns, counties, and states usually contain accounts of families. They describe the settlement of the area and the founding of churches, schools, and businesses. You can also find lists of pioneers, soldiers, and civil officials. Even if your ancestor is not listed, information on other relatives may be included that will provide important clues for locating your ancestor. A local history may also suggest other records to search. Local histories are extensively collected by the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]], public and university libraries, and state and local historical societies. The United States Research "[[United States History|History]]" page cites nationwide bibliographies of local histories which include histories Rhode Island.
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*Roger Parks, ed., ''Rhode Island: A Bibliography of Its History'' (Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 1983) {{FHL|216298|item|disp=FHL book 974.5 H23}}
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*Filby, P. William. ''A Bibliography of American County Histories''. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1985.) {{WorldCat|12356760|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|299450|item|disp=FHL book 973 H23bi}}
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*Kaminkow, Marion J. ''United States Local Histories in the Library of Congress''. 5 vols. Baltimore: Magna Charta Book, 1975-76. {{WorldCat|315166|At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|252458|item|disp=FHL book 973 A3ka}}
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=== State Histories Useful to Genealogists  ===
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Good genealogists strive to understand the life and times of their ancestors. In this sense, any history is useful. But certain kinds of state, county, and local histories, especially older histories published between 1845 and 1945, often include biographical sketches of prominent individuals. The sketches usually tend toward the laudatory, but may include some genealogical details. If these histories are indexed or alphabetical, check for an ancestor's name. One example of this follows:
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*Edward Field, ed., ''State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations at the End of the Century'', Three Volumes. (Boston, Massachusetts: Mason Publishing Co, 1902) {{FHL|322240|item|disp=FHL film 1033776; fiche 6046716; book 974.5 H2f}} A helpful source for studying the history of Rhode Island.
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Rhode_Island History of Rhode Island -Wikipedia]
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*[http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ri/state1/ American History and Genealogy Project]
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=== United States History  ===
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The following are only a few of the many sources that are available:
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*Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur M. ''The Almanac of American History.'' (Greenwich, Conn.: Bison Books, 1983.) {{WorldCat|9392978|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|531408|item|disp=FHL book 973 H2alm}}This book provides brief historical essays and chronological descriptions of thousands of key events in United States history.
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*''Dictionary of American History, Revised ed., 8 vols''. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1976.) {{WorldCat|2507380|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|76529|title-id|disp=FHL book 973 H2ad}}Includes historical sketches on various topics in U.S. history, such as wars, people, laws, and organizations.
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*Van Doren, Charles Lincoln; Robert McHenry, ''Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical, and Biographical Survey and Compendium''. (Springfield, Mass.: G and C Merriam, 1971.) {{WorldCat|142893|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|280192|item|disp=FHL book 973 H2v}} Includes a history, some maps, tables, and other historical information.
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*American Historical Association, ''Writings on American History'' (Washington, D.C.:American Historical Association,1960-1960) {{WorldCat|1770230|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|244514|item|disp=FHL book 973 H23w}}Full text available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=mgEPAAAAYAAJ& Google Books]
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=== Family History Library  ===
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To access histories available through the Family History Library Catalog, use the Place-names Search for:
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:*WASHINGTON - HISTORY
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:*WASHINGTON, [COUNTY] - HISTORY
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:*WASHINGTON, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - HISTORY
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{{Rhode Island|Rhode Island}}
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[[Category:Rhode_Island|History]]

Revision as of 00:27, 10 July 2012

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Contents

Brief History

The following important events in the history of Rhode Island affected political jurisdictions, family movements, and record keeping.

  • 1636: Religious dissenters from Massachusetts founded Providence. Settlements soon followed at Portsmouth, Newport, and Warwick. Each town kept deed, probate, and vital records.
  • 1663: A royal charter created the United Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
  • 1747: Rhode Island gained the towns of Bristol, Little Compton, Tiverton, and Warren from Massachusetts.
  • 1790: Rhode Island was the last of the original thirteen colonies to ratify the Constitution and become a state.
  • 1830s-1840s: As the factory system developed, thousands of foreign laborers began moving into Rhode Island.
  • 1861-1865: During the Civil War, 25,000 men from Rhode Island served in the Union armed forces.
  • 1862: Rhode Island gained the town of East Providence and part of the town of Pawtucket from Massachusetts. Massachusetts received Fall River, which earlier had been the northern part of Tiverton.
  • 1898: Over 300,000 men were involved in the Spanish-American War which was fought mainly in Cuba and the Philippines.
  • 1917–1918: More than 26 million men from the United States ages 18 through 45 registered with the Selective Service. World War I over 4.7 million American men and women served during the war.
  • 1930's: The Great Depression closed many factories and mills. Many small farms were abandoned, and many families moved to cities.
  • 1940–1945: Over 50.6 million men ages 18 to 65 registered with the Selective Service. Over 16.3 million American men and women served in the armed forces during World War II.
  • 1950–1953: Over 5.7 million American men and women served in the Korean War.
  • 1950's–1960's The building of interstate highways made it easier for people to move long distances.
  • 1964–1972: Over 8.7 million American men and women served in the Vietnam War.

Historical Content

Histories are great sources of genealogical information. Many contain biographical information about individuals who lived in the area, including:

  • Parents' names
  • Maiden names of women
  • Place of birth, death, or marriage
  • Occupation
  • Migration
  • Military service
  • Descendants

Local Histories

Some of the most valuable sources for family history research are local histories. Published histories of towns, counties, and states usually contain accounts of families. They describe the settlement of the area and the founding of churches, schools, and businesses. You can also find lists of pioneers, soldiers, and civil officials. Even if your ancestor is not listed, information on other relatives may be included that will provide important clues for locating your ancestor. A local history may also suggest other records to search. Local histories are extensively collected by the Family History Library, public and university libraries, and state and local historical societies. The United States Research "History" page cites nationwide bibliographies of local histories which include histories Rhode Island.

  • Roger Parks, ed., Rhode Island: A Bibliography of Its History (Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, 1983) FHL book 974.5 H23
  • Kaminkow, Marion J. United States Local Histories in the Library of Congress. 5 vols. Baltimore: Magna Charta Book, 1975-76. WorldCat 315166; FHL book 973 A3ka

State Histories Useful to Genealogists

Good genealogists strive to understand the life and times of their ancestors. In this sense, any history is useful. But certain kinds of state, county, and local histories, especially older histories published between 1845 and 1945, often include biographical sketches of prominent individuals. The sketches usually tend toward the laudatory, but may include some genealogical details. If these histories are indexed or alphabetical, check for an ancestor's name. One example of this follows:

  • Edward Field, ed., State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations at the End of the Century, Three Volumes. (Boston, Massachusetts: Mason Publishing Co, 1902) FHL film 1033776; fiche 6046716; book 974.5 H2f A helpful source for studying the history of Rhode Island.

United States History

The following are only a few of the many sources that are available:

  • Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur M. The Almanac of American History. (Greenwich, Conn.: Bison Books, 1983.) At various libraries (WorldCat), FHL book 973 H2almThis book provides brief historical essays and chronological descriptions of thousands of key events in United States history.
  • Dictionary of American History, Revised ed., 8 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1976.) At various libraries (WorldCat), FHL book 973 H2adIncludes historical sketches on various topics in U.S. history, such as wars, people, laws, and organizations.
  • Van Doren, Charles Lincoln; Robert McHenry, Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical, and Biographical Survey and Compendium. (Springfield, Mass.: G and C Merriam, 1971.) At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL book 973 H2v Includes a history, some maps, tables, and other historical information.

Family History Library

To access histories available through the Family History Library Catalog, use the Place-names Search for:

  • WASHINGTON - HISTORY
  • WASHINGTON, [COUNTY] - HISTORY
  • WASHINGTON, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - HISTORY