You'll love this if…
- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Rhode Island
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Rhode Island brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Rhode Island —you don't need the full State Research Guides collection
Trace your Rhode Island ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Rhode Island’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Rhode Island research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- descriptions of the top historic sites for learning about your ancestors' lives and times, including visitor information
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the Rhode Island guide:
- Rhode Island colonists carried out the first act of aggression against the British crown—burning the customs ship Gaspee in 1772—but they were the last to ratify the US Constitution, in 1790.
- Vital records also are town records. The catch: Except for Providence, towns didn’t create comprehensive name indexes.
- Because of religion-spurred migration, church records also may be helpful. In particular, many early settlers belonged to the Society of Friends (aka the Quaker church), which kept detailed records.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.