This is a list of free Rhode Island Genealogy Records at FamilySearch. For more Rhode Island records at the county and city level, see Rhode Island Counties and Cities – Genealogy Records at FamilySearch.


Included are Rhode Island birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, probate 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.


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.


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 you 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.





Birth Marriage and Death records #OnGenealogy

Rhode Island Birth, Marriage, & Death Records


Birth Records


Marriage Records


Death Records





Wills & Probate






Residence records census land migration voting taxation #OnGenealogy

Rhode Island Residence Records




Emigration & Immigration & Migration




Maps, Almanacs, & Gazetteers

Naturalization & Citizenship









Daily Life Records school work church court government library social life #OnGenealogy

Rhode Island Daily Life Records


Alumni, Schools, & Yearbooks


Bible Records




Business Records & Commerce






Compiled Genealogies


Court Records


Description & Travel




Ethnic Records

African American

Ethnic Records

African American


Native American


Japanese American











History – Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775


History – French and Indian War, 1755-1763


History – King George’s War, 1744-1748


Government & Legal & Politics




Libraries, Museums, & Archives

Onsite at a FamilySearch Library / Family History Library



Names & Surnames




Notarial Records


Prisons/Prisoners Records


Public Records


Slavery & Bondage











Military records Wars Veterans #OnGenealogy

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





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