Rhode Island Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  





Project 9: U.S.—Rhode Island

Explore research in Rhode Island.


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Goal 1: Learn about Rhode Island research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your Rhode Island ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic Rhode Island research strategies.
    FS—Basic Rhode Island Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for Rhode Island research on Ancestry.
    AC—Rhode Island Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Rhode Island research.
    AC—Rhode Island State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the Rhode Island Record Finder to decide on records to search.
    FS—Rhode Island Record Record Finder




Goal 2: Learn about Rhode Island archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Rhode Island archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about Rhode Island archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Rhode Island Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: Rhode Island Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the Rhode Island state archives.
  3. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Rhode Island.
  4. Explore the Books We Own site for Rhode Island genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  5. Search for free online books on Rhode Island research on the FamilySearch site.
  6. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about Rhode Island city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about Rhode Island city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Rhode Island Directories
  2. Explore Rhode Island city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Rhode Island city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore Rhode Island historical directories by county.


Goal 3: Learn about Rhode Island vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Rhode Island vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Rhode Island vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Rhode Island Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: Rhode Island Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the Rhode Island Public Health site.
  3. Search for online Rhode Island vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore Rhode Island birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Rhode Island birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  6. Get help with adoption topics on the Rhode Island Adoptee Resource Group Facebook page.
  7. Explore additional links for Rhode Island vital records on the Linkpendium site.

B. Explore Rhode Island marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Explore links for Rhode Island marriage records.
  2. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for Rhode Island death records.
  3. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Rhode Island obituaries.
  4. Find additional resources for Rhode Island obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore Rhode Island death records, indexes, and obituaries.

C. Explore Rhode Island census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Rhode Island censuses in this article.
    FS—Rhode Island Census
  2. Learn about Rhode Island census records.
    Census Records for Rhode Island
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Rhode Island state and county census records.
  4. Explore Rhode Island census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Learn about Rhode Island voting registers in this article.
    FS—Rhode Island Voting Registers


Goal 4: Learn about Rhode Island church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Rhode Island church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Rhode Island church records in this article.
    FS—Rhode Island Church Records
  2. Learn about Rhode Island church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Rhode Island Church Records

B. Explore Rhode Island cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore Rhode Island cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Rhode Island Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for Rhode Island cemetery records.
  3. Search for Rhode Island cemetery records online.
  4. Explore Rhode Island cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  6. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  7. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  8. See additional cemetery resources on the Rhode Island Linkpendium site.


Goal 5: Learn about Rhode Island emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Rhode Island emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about Rhode Island emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Rhode Island Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Rhode Island migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Rhode Island Migration


Goal 6: Learn about Rhode Island military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Rhode Island military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to Rhode Island military records.
    Rhode Island Military Records
  2. Learn about Rhode Island military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Rhode Island Military Records
  3. Explore Rhode Island military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore Rhode Island military records on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore Rhode Island military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about Rhode Island probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Rhode Island probate, land and court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Rhode Island probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Rhode Island Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: Rhode Island Probate Records
  2. Learn about Rhode_Island land and property records. FS—Rhode Island Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about Rhode Island land records in this Ancestry Wiki article. AC—Rhode Island Land Records

B. Learn about Rhode Island court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Rhode Island court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Rhode Island Court Records
  2. Learn about Rhode Island court records in this Ancestry Wiki article. AC—Wiki: Rhode Island Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about Rhode Island maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Rhode Island maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Rhode Island maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Rhode Island Maps
  2. Learn about Rhode Island maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Rhode Island Maps
  3. Learn about Rhode Island gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Rhode Island Gazetteers

B. Explore Rhode Island maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Rhode Island maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Rhode Island.
  3. Explore historical Rhode Island maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Rhode Island maps.


Goal 9: Learn about Rhode Island newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Rhode Island newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Rhode Island newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Rhode Island Newspapers
  2. Learn about Rhode Island newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: Rhode Island Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore Rhode Island newspapers.

Summary
  1. Search for Rhode Island historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Rhode Island newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Rhode Island newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Rhode Island newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore Rhode Island newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional Rhode Island newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Rhode Island research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  3. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.


Goal 11: Search records from Rhode Island.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Rhode Island County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Rhode Island.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Rhode Island Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your Rhode Island research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Rhode Island Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Rhode Island Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Rhode Island Genealogical Society page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the U.S. Northeast Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Rhode Island.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Rhode Island research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Rhode Island research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Rhode Island research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Rhode Island research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Rhode Island research.

C. Learn about Rhode Island genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Rhode Island in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Rhode Island Societies
  2. Explore the Rhode Island Genealogical Society site.
  3. Explore the Rhode Island Historical Society site.
  4. Explore Rhode Island genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.

Rhode Island Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

Bristol    A    L Kent    A    L Newport    A    L Providence    A    L Washington    A    L