Rhode Island History

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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.  
 
'''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.  
  
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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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 [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=322240&disp=State+of+Rhode+Island+and+Providence+Pla%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 974.5 H2f; film 1033776; fiche 6046716]).  
  
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; Family History Library book 974.5 H23r).  
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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; Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=216298&disp=Rhode+Island%2C+a+bibliography+of+its+hi%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 974.5 H23]).  
  
 
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Revision as of 21:25, 22 October 2008

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

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.

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).

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; Family History Library book 974.5 H23).