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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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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.
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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.  
  
'''1663:''' A royal charter created the United Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.
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'''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.
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'''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.
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'''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.
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'''1830s-1840s: '''As the factory system developed, thousands of foreign laborers began moving into Rhode Island.  
  
'''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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'''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.  
  
'''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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'''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; FHL 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 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; FHL 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; FHL book 974.5 H23r).  
  
[[Category:Rhode Island]]
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[[Category:Rhode_Island]]

Revision as of 21:48, 11 August 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; FHL book 974.5 H23r).