The Rhode Island Genealogical Society is an organization that encourages genealogy and family history research in Rhode Island and the surrounding areas.



Membership benefits include:

  • A subscription to Rhode Island Roots, a quarterly journal published by the Society, containing articles and information relating to Rhode Island families.
  • Special publication, Gleanings, issued once a year usually in April, free to members who join or renew prior to February 28th of the year (if dues are paid after February 28th, cost ofGleanings is $12)
  • Access to our members-only Surname Research page which allows you to contact Society members who are researching surnames in Rhode Island or elsewhere.  These contacts can often provide new information and helpful insight regarding Rhode Island genealogy research.
  • Workshops and lectures, held each spring and fall, on subjects relating to Rhode Island genealogy.
  • Membership card, which serves as proof of your being a genealogist, aiding your research of municipal and county records.
  • RIGS members may submit up to four free queries per year in our RIGS Reporter newsletter. The fee for non-members is $5 per query.
  • Recordings of lectures given at meetings (available to members only).
  • Membership pins available – wear your Society’s logo with pride.
  • Greater contact with other genealogists exploring Rhode Island families.
  • Volunteer researchers available for simple requests in their local cities or towns.


  • Single $25.00
  • Double: 37.50
  • Organization: $15.00
  • Plus: $25.00




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