Your Guide to Researching
Books, articles and audiotapes you might purchase or use in a library include
Each of the three reference books listed below has a small section covering each state that includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources for that state. (note: some libraries may have earlier editions; those are usable)
Some online guides include
For more information on finding and using maps, see Your Guide to Atlases, Maps and Gazetteers.
Next, see what is available for your counties of interest at at one of these statewide sites. For each, use the county selection list to find out what is available for the various counties. Content will vary.
For more information on using libraries and archives, see genealogy guides to Libraries and Archives
Finding and Using Records: bible, cemetery, census, church, court & legal,directories,histories, military, land and property, naturalizations, newspapers, probate, vital.
Use the place-names search in the Family History Library catalog to find out what has been filmed covering the state, counties and towns of Rhode Island, the counties Remember: you will want to find records for all three. If you are not familiar with how to do a place search in the FHL catalog, follow these instructions.
Rhode Island is a New England state, so it is especially important to look for Rhode Island town records.
Consult the Family History Library's Guide to Rhode Island Statewide Indexes and Collections ; you might also consult the FHL's Rhode Island Research Guidance, although frankly, I find navigation of that section confusing.
Cemetery: For general information, see guide to cemetery records, this website
Census: For general information, see guide to census records, this website.
Church: For general information, see guide to church records, this website.
County and Local Directories: for general information, see guide to city and county directories, this website.
County and Local Histories : For general inform at on, see guide to county histories, this website
Court & Legal: For general information, see guide to law libraries, this website
Land & Property:For general information , see guide to land records, this website.
Rhode Island is a state-land state. Records are kept by the city or town, not the county.
Military; For general information, see guide to military records, this website
Naturalizations; For general inform at on, see guide to naturalizations, this website
Newspapers: For general information, see guide to newspapers, this website
Probate: For general information, see guide to probate records, this website. Remember, Rhode Island is a New England state, so probates will be found in the town records.
Vital: For general information, see guide to vital records, this website. Statewide birth, death and marriage records begin 1853 (Individual towns will have earlier vital records. )
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This page last updated August 25, 2011