Online newspapers are a great way to further your genealogy and family history research and there are many historic Rhode Island Newspapers Online.

Articles in newspapers can extend your knowledge about individuals and families and reveal information about births, marriages, deaths, social events, occupations, land transactions, legal matters, military service, and so much more. Much of the information one can glean from newspapers articles will not be found in standard BMD (birth, marriage, death) records.

The Rhode Island Historical Society has copies of most newspapers published in Rhode Island, the first being published in 1732, but these have not been digitized by the RIHS. Here’s a list of free Rhode Island newspapers online, with links:

Hope Valley, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island

Olneyville, Rhode Island

(also includes Johnston, Scituate, Smithfield, North Providence, and Foster, Rhode Island) 

Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Phenix, Rhode Island

Providence, Rhode Island

Warren, Rhode Island

Woonsocket, Rhode Island


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