This is a list of Rhode Island Genealogical Societies and related genealogical societies.


Rhode Island Genealogical Society, “The Rhode Island Genealogical Society was begun in 1975 by a small group of individuals interested specifically in Rhode Island families and the problems inherent in tracing them. Since then, we have grown to include over 500 members from across the United States, Canada and Mexico, all working to uncover our Rhode Island roots. …The Society publishes a quarterly named for that pursuit. Rhode Island Roots features many Rhode Island records, such as cemetery and tax lists, General Assembly petitions, civil and military records, and genealogical articles — all with a wealth of information on Rhode Island families. Other features include state census records, articles about early Rhode Islanders, queries, and our list of RI volunteer researchers. …Each year the Society holds two workshops, two lectures, and our Annual Meeting in May. The workshops and lectures held throughout Rhode Island bring stronger focus to local subjects and/or families concentrated in certain areas of the state. Recordings of lectures presented to the Society are usually available to members for purchase.”

American-French Genealogical Society, “Canadian immigration into the United States began as early as the seventeenth century, but between 1871 and 1901 the greatest influx of immigrants entered this country. Taxation, debts, unemployment, and a failing economic environment contributed to over 2 million Canadians with shattered dreams migrating to the U.S. seeking economic refuge. This was a major loss to Canada, whose population at the time ranged from 3.7 million to 4.8 million. …Since then, more than 10 million of their descendants have assimilated into American society. The language and culture preserved by the over-whelming number of Franco-Americans is disappearing, however, due to sociological changes. …The American-French Genealogical Society, formed in February of 1978, is a non-profit genealogical and historical organization devoted to people of French-Canadian extraction. Its purpose is to study and preserve our rich heritage by assisting members in discovering their ancestors and the daily events that shaped their, and our, lives.”

New England Historic Genealogical Society, “New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is America’s founding genealogical organization and the most respected name in family history. Established in 1845, NEHGS is the nation’s leading comprehensive resource for family history research and the largest Society of its kind in the world. We provide expert family history services through our staff, original scholarship, data-rich website, educational opportunities, and research center to help family historians of all levels explore their past and understand their families’ unique place in history. …We are a member-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing the study of family history in America and beyond, by educating, inspiring, and connecting people through our scholarship, collections, and expertise.

Society of Mayflower Descendants, Rhode Island, “The Rhode Island Society is one of the fifty-two Mayflower Society chapters that operate under the governance of The General Society of Mayflower Descendants. The General Society was organized in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1897. There are 50 state societies, plus one in Washington D.C. and one in Canada. We are a membership organization. Membership is based on proof of descent from one or more of the passengers aboard the Mayflower, the ship that landed in Plymouth, New England, in December of 1620. A primary objective of the society is to honor the memory of these pilgrims. This small group overcame many hardships and worked together to establish what would prove to be the first permanent English settlement in New England.”



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