This is a list of free Rhode Island Genealogy Records at FamilySearch.

 

Some of these records have a searchable name index, others have browsable images, a few have both an index and images, and some link to individuals in the FamilySearch family tree.

 

This list prioritizes indexed collections, but if you can’t find your Rhode Island ancestor there, the list includes online image collections which take longer to search, but are a treasure trove of information.

 

Included are Rhode Island birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, former slave records, freedmen records, pension records, military records and more. We’ll continue to add more Rhode Island collections available online at FamilySearch. If you’re looking for onsite collections, visit their website & catalog.

 

These collections are all free to search. You’ll need to be logged in with a free FamilySearch account to search these records. It’s easy to register for a free account at FamilySearch.

 

 

 

How to View the Collections

  1. Some links take your straight to the collection.

  2. Other links take you to a catalog description page where you will have to select the link.

    • Look for a camera icon and select that icon

    • or look for red print and select “here” 

  3. In a few cases, the collection may be in queue to be digitized and you’ll need to check back at a later date.

 

 

 

Rhode Island Birth, Marriage, & Death Records

 

Birth Records

 

Marriage Records

 

Death Records

 

Cemeteries

 

Obituaries

Wills & Probate

 

 

 

Rhode Island Residence Records

 

Census

 

Emigration & Immigration & Migration

 

Land

 

Maps, Almanacs, & Gazetteers

Naturalization & Citizenship

Pensions

Taxation

Voting

 

 

 

Rhode Island Daily Life Records

 

Alumni, Schools, & Yearbooks

 

Bible Records

 

Biography

 

Business Records & Commerce

 

Church

 

Colonization

 

Compiled Genealogies

 

Court Records

 

Description & Travel

 

Employees

 

Ethnic Records

African American

 

Native American

 

Japanese American

 

Minorities

 

Genealogy

 

 

Heraldry

 

History

 

History – Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775

 

History – French and Indian War, 1755-1763

 

History – King George’s War, 1744-1748

 

Government & Legal & Politics

 

Guidebooks

 

Libraries, Museums, & Archives

Onsite at a FamilySearch Library / Family History Library

Inventories

 

Names & Surnames

 

Newspapers

 

Notarial Records

 

Prisons/Prisoners Records

 

Public Records

 

Slavery & Bondage

 

Societies

 

Taxes

 

 

 

Rhode Island Military Records

 

General Military, not classified by a war period

 

Colonial Period, ca. 1600-1775

 

King George’s War, 1744-1748

 

French & Indian War, 1755-1763

 

Revolutionary War

 

War of 1812

 

Mexican-American War, 1846-1848

 

US Civil War

 

Indian Wars

 

Spanish-American War, 1898

 

World War I

 

World War II

 

Korean War, 1950-1953

 

Vietnam War

 

Veterans, Enlistments, Pensions

 

Rhode Island Modern Helps

 

Research

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