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- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Rhode Island
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Rhode Island brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Rhode Island
- a how-to article detailing Rhode Island’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Rhode Island research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- Many of Rhode Island's prominent original towns were founded on land originally inhabited by the Narragansett. Evidence of Narragansett settlement survive today in place names.
- Towns in Rhode Island kept vital records as early as the 1630s, though coverage varies by location.
- Rhode Island took state censuses every 10 years from 1865 to 1935; only 1895 records are missing. Find them online at Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.