This is a list of free Rhode Island Genealogy Records.

 

These records include birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, former slave records, freedmen records, pension records, military records and more. Included as well are general United States collections if they include or could reasonably include Rhode Island residents.

 

 

Most of these collections are at free sites. Fee sites are noted. All collections at FamilySearch are free but 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.

 

 

Rhode Island Birth Records

Rhode Island Births and Christenings, 1600-1914, index

Rhode Island, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1630-1945, index & images

Rhode Island, Vital records, 1846-1898, 1901-1953, index & images

United States Births and Christenings, 1867-1931, index

United States Native American Birth and Death Records, 1885-1940, index

United States National Register of Scientific and Technical Personnel Files, 1954-1970, index

United States Public Records, 1970-2009, index

 

 

 

Rhode Island Marriage Records

Rhode Island Marriages, 1724-1916, index

Rhode Island Town Marriages Index, 1639-1916, index

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages, 1861-1872, index & images

United States Western States Marriage Index, index

United States Marriages, 1733-1990, index

 

 

Rhode Island Death Records

Rhode Island Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950, index

United States, Cemetery Abstracts, index & links to images

United States Deaths and Burials, 1867-1961, index

United States Deceased Physician File (AMA), 1864-1968, images

United States Social Security Death Index, index

United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014, index & images

United States Native American Birth and Death Records, 1885-1940, index

United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012, index & images

United States, Panama Canal Zone, Index to the Gorgas Hospital Mortuary Registers, 1906-1991, index & images

United States Public Records, 1970-2009, index

United States Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903, index & images

United States, Burial Registers for Military Posts, Camps, and Stations,1768-1921, index & images

BillionGraves Index, index & links to images

CurrentObituary Index, 2001-2014, index & links to images

Find A Grave Index, index & links to images

 

 

 

Rhode Island Residence Records

Rhode Island Naturalization Records 1907-1991, index & images

Rhode Island, District Court Naturalization Indexes, 1906-1991, index & images

Rhode Island State Census, 1885, index & images

Rhode Island State Census, 1905, index & images

Rhode Island State Census, 1915, index & images

Rhode Island State Census, 1925, index & images

Rhode Island State Census, 1935, index & images

United States Census 1790, index and images

United States Census 1800, index and images

United States Census 1810, index and images

United States Census 1820, index and images

United States Census 1830, index and images

United States Census 1840, index and images

United States Census 1850, index and images

United States Census (Slave Schedule) 1850, index and images

United States Census (Mortality Schedule) 1850, index and images

United States Census 1860, index and images

United States Census 1870, index and images

United States Census 1880, index and images

United States Census 1890, index and images

United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890, index and images

United States Census 1900, index and images

United States Census 1910, index and images

United States Census 1920, index and images

United States Census 1930, index and images

United States Census of Merchant Seamen, 1930, index

United States Census 1940, index and images

United States Enumeration District Maps for the Twelfth through the Sixteenth US Censuses, 1900-1940, images

United States, Native American, Census of the Ute Tribe, 1944, index

United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940, index & links to images

United States, Native American, Eastern Cherokee Enrollment Records, 1908-1910, index & links to images

United States, Native American, Eastern Cherokee Indian Reservation Rolls, 1848-1970, index and images

United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800 – circa 1955, images

United States, Cancelled, Relinquished, or Rejected Land Entry Case Files, 1861-1932, images

United States Homestead Final Certificates, 1863-1909, images

 

 

 

 

Rhode Island Daily Life Records

Compiled Genealogies

Family Group Records Collection, Archives Section, 1942-1969, images

United States National Register of Scientific and Technical Personnel Files, 1954-1970, index

 

 

Court Records

United States Index to Naturalizations of World War I Soldiers, 1918, index & links to images

United States Internal Revenue Assessment Lists, 1862-1874, images

United States, Freedmen’s Bank Records, 1865-1874, index & images

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau, Freedmen’s Court Records, 1865-1872, index & images

 

 

Directories

New England – 1916 – New England Business Directory, (Part 1)

New England – 1918 – New England Business Directory, (Part 1)

Rhode Island – 1853 – The Rhode Island Register

Rhode Island – 1853 – The Rhode Island Register

Rhode Island – 1856 – The Rhode Island Register

Rhode Island – 1856 – The Rhode Island Register

Rhode Island – 1887 – The Rhode Island Business Directory

Rhode Island – 1889 The Providence Directory and Rhode Island Business Directory

Rhode Island – 1899 The Providence House Directory and Family Address Book

Rhode Island – 1900-1901 – Rhode Island German directory 1900-1901

Rhode Island – 1919 Providence Directory and Rhode Island State Business Directory

Rhode Island – 1930 – The Providence Directory and Rhode Island State Business Directory

Rhode Island – 1932 – The Providence Directory and Rhode Island State Business Directory

Rhode Island – 1934 – The Providence Directory and Rhode Island State Business Directory

Bristol County – Bristol, Warren, Barrington – 1917-1918 – The Bristol Warren and Barrington Rhode Island Directory 1917-1918 

Newport County – Jamestown and North Shoreham – 1918-1919 Jamestown and North Shoreham (Block Island) Directory

Newport County – Newport – 1856 – The Newport Directory 

Newport County – Newport – 1858 – The Newport Directory 

Newport County – Newport – 1863 – The Newport Directory 

Newport County – Newport – 1871 – The Newport City Directory by Boyd’s

Newport County – Newport – 1881 – The Newport Directory  

Newport County – Newport – 1884 – The Newport Directory

Newport County – Newport – 1887 – Newport household directory

Newport County – Newport – 1893 – The Newport Directory 

Newport County – Newport – 1898 – The Newport Directory 

Newport County – Newport – 1900 – The Newport Directory by Sampson & Murdock

Newport County – Newport – 1904 – The Newport Directory 

Newport County – Newport – 1910 – The Newport Directory 

Newport County – Newport – 1917 – The Newport Directory

Newport County – Newport – 1921 – The Newport Directory Part 1 

Newport County – Newport – 1921 – The Newport Directory Part 2 

Newport County – Tiverton & others – 1921-1922 – Tiverton, Portsmouth, Middletown, and Little Compton Rhode Island DIrectory 

Newport County – Tiverton & others – 1910 – Resident and Business Directory Tiverton, Portsmouth, Middletown, and Little Compton  Rhode Island

Providence County – Johnston – 1892 – Johnston [Rhode Island] directory 1892 containing a general and business directory and street directory of Johnston, also a record of the Johnston town government, societies, churches, etc (Internet Archive)

Providence County – Johnston – 1892-1893 Johnston [Rhode Island] directory 1892-[1893-94] containing a general and business directory and street directory of John of Johnston, also a record of the Johnston town government, societies, churches, etc. (FamilySearch)

Providence County – Johnston – 1893-1894 – Johnston [Rhode Island] directory 1893-94 containing a general and business directory and street directory of Johnston, also a record of the Johnston town government, societies, churches, etc

Providence County – Providence – 1798 – Owners and occupants of the lots, houses and shops in the town of Providence, Rhode Island in 1798 : located on maps of the highways of that date ; also owners or occupants of houses in the compact part of Providence in 1759 showing the location and in whose names they are to be found on the map of 1798

Providence County – Providence – 1824 – The Providence Directory

Providence County – Providence – 1832 – Colored Persons Directory of Providence, Rhode Island (in Hardscrabble and Snowball)

Providence County – Providence – 1836-1837 – The Providence Directory

Providence County – Providence – 1838 – Colored Persons Directory Providence

Providence County – Providence – 1841 – Colored Persons Directory of Providence, Rhode Island (in Hardscrabble and Snowball)

Providence County – Providence – 1844 – The Providence Directory

Providence County – Providence – 1844 – Colored Persons Directory Providence 1844  

Providence County – Providence – 1844-1845 – The Providence Almanac and Business Directory 1844-45

Providence County – Providence – 1844 – The Providence Almanac and Business Directory

Providence County – Providence – 1846-1847 – The Providence Almanac and Business Directory 1846-47

Providence County – Providence – 1848-1849 – The Providence Almanac and Business Directory 1848-49

Providence County – Providence – 1850-1853 – Brown’s Providence Directory

Providence County – Providence – 1856 – The Providence Almanac and Business Directory 

Providence County – Providence – 1857 – The Providence Almanac and Business Directory 1857

Providence County – Providence – 1881 – The Providence Almanac and Business Directory 1881

Providence County – Providence – 1885 – Providence Rhode Island Directory

Providence County – Providence – 1889 – The Providence directory 1889

Providence County – Providence – 1889 – The Providence Directory and Rhode Island Business Directory

Providence County – Providence – 1892 – The Providence directory 1892

Providence County – Providence – 1905 – The Providence House Directory and Family Address Book

Providence County – Providence – 1912 – The Providence directory 1912

Providence County – Providence – 1913 – The Providence directory 1913

Providence County – Providence – 1914 – The Providence directory 1914

Providence County – Providence – 1919 – The Providence directory 1919

Providence County – Providence – 1919 – The Providence Directory and Rhode Island State Business Directory

Providence County – Providence – 1920 – The Providence directory 1920

Providence County – Providence – 1928-1929 – Directory of officers and students, 1928-1929 by Brown University

Providence County – Providence – 1930 – The Providence Directory and Rhode Island State Business Directory 1930

Providence County – Providence – 1932 – The Providence Directory and Rhode Island State Business Directory 1932

Providence County – Providence – 1934 – The Providence Directory and Rhode Island State Business Directory 1934

Providence County – Providence – 1935 – Providence City Directory, searches only/no images

Providence County – Providence – 1952 – Polk’s Providence (Providence County, R.I.) City Directory by Polk

Providence County – Providence – 1976 – Providence (Providence County, R.I.) City Directory

Providence County – Providence – 1990 – Providence Rhode Island City Directory by Polk

Providence County – Providence – 1993 – Providence Rhode Island City Directory by Polk

Providence County – Providence – 1996 – Providence Rhode Island Cross-Reference Directory by Polk

Providence County – Woonsocket – The Woonsocket, Rhode Island, directory 1910

Providence County – Providence – Providence House Directories, Providence City Archives, ONSITE ONLY

Employment Records

United States Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing Lists, 1905-1937index & images

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Medical Records, 1865-1872index & images

United States National Register of Scientific and Technical Personnel Files, 1954-1970, index

United States Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office, 1889-1904, index and images

 

 

Ethnic Records

African American

United States Freedmen’s Branch Records, 1872-1878

United States, Freedmen’s Bank Records, 1865-1874, index and images

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau, Freedmen’s Court Records, 1865-1872, index and images

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Medical Records, 1865-1872index and images

United States Freedmen’s Bureau Miscellaneous Records, 1865-1872, index & links to images

United States Freedmen’s Bureau, Records of Freedmen, 1865-1872, index & images

United States Freedmen’s Bureau Ration Records, 1865-1872index and images

United States Freedmen’s Bureau Claim Records, 1865-1872index and images

United States Freedmen’s Bureau Labor Contracts, Indenture & Apprenticeship Records, 1865-1872index and images

United States Freedmen’s Bureau Records of Persons and Articles Hired, 1865-1872index and images

United States Freedmen’s Bureau, Land and Property Records, 1865-1872index and images

United States Freedmen’s Bureau, Freedmen’s Bureau, Records of the Superintendent of Education and of the Division of Education, 1865-1872index and images

United States Freedmen’s Branch Records, 1872-1878, images

United States Freedmen’s Bureau, Records of Freedmen’s Complaints, 1865-1872index and images

United States Freedmen’s Branch Records, 1872-1878, images

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Marriages, 1861-1872, index & images

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Hospital and Medical Records, 1865-1872, index and images

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau Ration Records,1865-1872, index and images

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau, Records of the Assistant Commissioner, 1865-1872, images

United States, Freedmen’s Bureau, Records of the Commissioner, 1865-1872, images

 

Native American

United States Native American Birth and Death Records, 1885-1940, index & links to images

United States, Native American, Census of the Ute Tribe, 1944, index

United States, Native American, Census Rolls, 1885-1940, index & links to images

United States, Native American, Eastern Cherokee Enrollment Records, 1908-1910, index & links to images

United States, Native American, Eastern Cherokee Indian Reservation Rolls, 1848-1970, index and images

Japanese American

United States, War Relocation Authority Centers, final accountability rosters, 1942-1946index and images

United States Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II, 1942-1946, index

Government & Legal

United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925, index

 

Libraries, Museums, & Archives

Onsite at a FamilySearch Library / Family History Library

FamilySearch Catalog collections for Rhode Island available onsite only

FamilySearch Catalog collections for Rhode Island, onsite and possibly online

For example, in the second link above, there is a Bible Records collection, if you follow the link to a single collection, a digital version of Miscellaneous Bible and cemetery records is available online. You may need to be logged in to your FamilySearch account to view these library collections from home.

 

 

Immigration, Emigration, & Citizenship Records

United States, New England Petitions for Naturalization Index, 1791-1906index & images

United States, New England Passenger & Crew Lists, 1911-1954, index & images

United States, New England Seamen’s Identification Cards, 1918-1940, images

United States Index to Naturalizations of World War I Soldiers, 1918, index & links to images

United States Passport Applications, 1795-1925, index and images

United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956, index

United States, Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1894-1954, index & links to images

United States Border Crossings from Mexico to United States, 1903-1957, index

United States Germans to America Index, 1850-1897, index

Unites States Russians to America Index, 1834-1897, index

United States Italians to America Index, 1855-1900, index

United States Index to Alien Case Files, 1940-2003, index & links to images

United States Index to Passenger Arrivals, Atlantic and Gulf Ports, 1820-1874, index and images

United State Famine Irish Passenger Index, 1846-1851, index

United States Panama Canal Zone, Employment Records and Sailing Lists, 1905-1937index and images

 

 

Names & Surnames

Irish Surnames in Rhode Island & the Irish Counties they Represent, Providence City Archives

 

 

Passenger & Crew Lists

Rhode Island, Davisville, Melville, Newport, and Quonset Point, Airplane Passenger and Crew Lists, 1955-1957, images

United States, New England Passenger & Crew Lists, 1911-1954, index & images

United States, New England Seamen’s Identification Cards, 1918-1940, images

 

 

Pension Records

United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, index & images

United States Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office, 1889-1904

 

 

Prisons/Prisoners Records

United States, War Relocation Authority Centers, final accountability rosters, 1942-1946index and images

United States Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II, 1942-1946, index

 

 

Societies

American-Canadian Genealogical Society

American Antiquarian Society

 

 

Taxes

United States Internal Revenue Assessment Lists, 1862-1874, images

 

 

 

Rhode Island Military Records

Revolutionary War

United States Revolutionary War Compiled Service Records, 1775-1783, index links to images

United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872, index and  images

United States Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Applications, 1800-1900,  index links to images

United States Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783, index and  images

United States Revolutionary War, Virginia Pension Application Files, 1830-1875, images

United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783, index and  images

United States Casualties of Army Personnel, Dependents and Civilian Employees, 1961-1981, index

United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949, index & images

United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914, index & images

United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872, index & images

United States Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783, index & images

United States Rosters of Revolutionary War Soldiers and Sailors, 1775-1783, index & images

United States, Burial Registers for Military Posts, Camps, and Stations,1768-1921, index & images

 

 

War of 1812

United States War of 1812 Index to Pension Application Files, 1812-1910, index and images

United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815, index and images

 

 

Mexican-American War

United States Mexican War Pension Index, 1887-1926, index & images

United States Mexican War Index and Service Records, 1846-1848, index & images

 

 

US Civil War

United States Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865,  index & links to images

United States Civil War Service Records of Union Colored Troops, 1863-1865,  index & links to images

United States Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1864-1866,  index & links to images

United States Civil War Soldiers Index, 1861-1865, index

United States Civil War Unfiled Papers of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865,  index & links to images

United States Civil War Widows and Other Dependents Pension Files, 1861-1934,  index & links to images

United States Civil War and Later Pension Index, 1861-1917,  index & links to images

United States Confederate Navy and Marine Service Records, 1861-1865, images

United States Confederate Officers Card Index, 1861-1865, images

United States Civil War Confederate Applications for Pardons, 1865-1867, index & links to images

United States Civil War Confederate Papers of Citizens or Businesses, 1861-1865, index & links to images

United States Civil War Records of Confederate Nonregiment Soldiers, 1861-1865,  index & links to images

United States Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903, index and images

United States Records of Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865, images

United States Register of Confederates and Civilians Who Died in the North,1861-1865, index and images

 

 

Indian Wars

United States Index to Indian Wars Pension Files, 1892-1926, index & images

 

 

Spanish-American War

United States Index to Service Records, War with Spain, 1898, index & images

 

 

World War I

United States, YMCA World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919, index & images

United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, index & images

United States, World War I American Expeditionary Forces Deaths, 1917-1919, index

 

 

World War II

United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, index

United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, index & images

United States World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 images

United States World War II Prisoners of War of the Japanese, 1941-1945, index

United States, World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-1945, index

 

 

Korean War

United States, American Prisoners of War During the Korean War, 1950-1953, index

United States Casualties of Army Personnel, Dependents and Civilian Employees, 1961-1981, index

United States Korean War Battle Deaths, 1950-1957, index

United States Korean War Dead and Army Wounded, 1950-1953, index

United States Korean War Repatriated Prisoners of War, 1950-1954, index

 

 

Vietnam War

United States Casualties of the Vietnam War, 1956-1998, index

United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890, index and images

United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, index and images

United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949, index and images

United States Index to General Correspondence of the Pension Office, 1889-1904, index and images

United States Military Personnel who Died During the Vietnam War, 1956-2003, index

United States Casualties of Army Personnel, Dependents and Civilian Employees, 1961-1981, index

United States Casualties of the Vietnam War, 1956-1998, index

 

 

Veterans, Enlistments, Pensions

Rhode Island Military Discharge Papers Index, 1944-1985, index

United States National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938, index and images

United States Naval Enlistment Rendezvous, 1855-1891, index and images

United States Navy Widows’ Certificates, 1861-1910  index & links to images

United States Old War Pension Index, 1815-1926, index and images

United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914, index and images

United States Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications, 1887-1942, index and images

United States Union Provost Marshal Files of Individual Civilians, 1861-1866, images

United States Union Provost Marshal Files of Two or More Civilians, 1861-1866, images

United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933, index & images

United States, Burial Registers for Military Posts, Camps, and Stations,1768-1921, index and images

United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940, index

United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, index and images

United States Mormon Battalion Pension Applications, 1846-1923, index & links to images

United States Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798-1937, index and images

 

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