Little Rhody might be our country’s smallest state, but it is mighty in genealogy records.
Fun fact: Did you know that the smallest state has the longest official name? Yep, it the State of Rhode Island and the Providence Plantations.
I learned that during the years I lived in Rhode Island, as a college student and during the first few years of my teaching career.
What genealogical resources are available for Rhode Island? Quite a few, actually, and since there are only five counties in the state (and only 30 towns!), I will include those resources in my list, too.
These links should more than help you get started:
FamilySearch Wiki – Rhode Island
One Rhode Island Family – Diane Boumenot’s blog has a terrific list of links to free Rhode Island resources. Also check out her 8 Weeks to Better R.I. Genealogy Series. Tabs to each are found at the top of the blog home page.
Rhode Island Genealogical Society– Links to their library search engine and other Rhode Island resources are found by clicking the Research icon on the left side of the home page.
Rhode Island Research at the New England Historic Genealogical Society – You might not be able to visit in person, nor have a membership to AmericanAncestors, which is the NEHGS website, but the list of their holdings gives a great idea of what is available to search.
Rhode Island Genealogy at GenealogyLinks
Rhode Island Historical Society– There also seem to be a number of local historical societies, but they apparently don’t have websites.
Providence Public Library – houses The Rhode Island Collection
RHODI – Rhode Island History Online Directory Initiative
Rhode Island Genealogy – Access Genealogy
Rhode Island History & Genealogy – Olive Tree Genealogy
RIGenWeb– Volunteer group that has links to all five Rhode Island counties. Amount of information depends on volunteer submissions and resources available in each area. Free and well worth a visit.
Rhode Island Genealogy Records Online – New Horizons Genealogy
Rhode Island Labor History Society
University of Rhode Island – Digital Collections
Bristol – Linkpendium
Kent – Linkpendium
Newport – Linkpendium
Providence – Linkpendium
Washington – Linkpendium
Elizabeth J. Johnson Pawtucket History Research Center
Richmond Historical Society