I recently visited the Portsmouth Free Public Library in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Like most native Rhode Islanders I seldom “cross the bridge” to East Bay so this was the first time I had been there, and the first time I had been to the charming town of Portsmouth in a long time.
I was invited by Library Director Carolyn Magnus to give a talk to their genealogy group. That was a lot of fun; what a nice group of people. A woman afterwards told me a fascinating story about tracing her ancestors. I think we all enjoyed the evening very much.
Carolyn had promised me a tour of the library and it was impressive.
The library is one of three libraries around the state that hold a part of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society’s collection (also Greenville, R.I., which I have visited, and West Warwick, R.I.). Their holdings were arranged in one aisle of shelves towards the back of the library. They do not circulate, but are available for use.
The library holds other special collections, including an extensive local history collection.
There were a lot of East Bay-oriented materials in the local history section. Also, the local historical Society has a little exhibit featured in a case.
Between the RIGS volumes and the local history, I recommend this site for researchers – the town is cute and might be worth a detour if you are ever in the area and have local roots nearby.
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