Rhode Island Archives and Libraries
The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to researchers of Rhode Island families:
Rhode Island State Archives
337 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903-3302
National Archives—Northeast Region (Pittsfield)
10 Conte Drive
Pittsfield, MA 01201-8230
Rhode Island Historical Society
121 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906
Rhode Island Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 433
Greenville, RI 02828
New England Historic Genealogical Society
101 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116-3007
American-French Genealogical Society
78 Earle Street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
P.O. Box 2010
An important inventory of manuscript records of the state, county, and town archives is Clarence S. Brigham, Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1903, Volume 1 (Washington, D.C.: American Historical Association, 1904) FHL film 896553 item 2; book 973 C4ah.
Rhode Island Digital Collections
has statewide online database links which may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.
You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Rhode Island in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost. Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:
The USGenWeb Project
A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.
A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.
FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.