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It’s easy to get caught in a cycle of web searches or casual queries that produce spotty and confusing results, or no results at all.  Once we realize that the answer to our difficult family history question won’t come that way, it frees us up to consider the alternative sources that may provide evidence, strategies to get around unrecorded events, and a plan for research that, if nothing else, will guarantee greater expertise in the era, the place, and the available resources.

Research question

My question comes from an East Greenwich deed of my 4x-great grandparents, Jesse and Sarah (Arnold) Andrews. I am related to them in the following way:  my grandmother Edna May Darling – her father Russell E Darling – his mother Emma L Lamphere – her mother Hannah Andrews, daughter of Jesse and Sarah.

How and why were Jesse and Sarah, in 1800, the owners of a property worth $900?  Subsequently, they seemed to be poor; living in Warwick near her family and moving on to Connecticut where they owned only a small property with a significant mortgage.  The kind of records that suggest money – probate, gravestones, church pews, business licenses, town appointments, recording vital records, and newspaper mentions – don’t seem to exist for Jesse Andrews.  Did he start out well off?

Abstract of the deed

Andrews to Spencer, Warranty Deed
East Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island
Land Evidence 10:527
Drawn 26 Feb 1800, recorded 26 Feb 1800
JESSE ANDREWS of East Greenwich “Yeoman alias Mariner” for nine hundred dollars paid by Captain JOSEPH SPENCER of East Greenwich, Mariner, “have sold a lot of land with a dwelling house and other buildings” located in East Greenwich, described as:
“Containing by Estimation about twenty seven Square Rods be the same more or Less and bounded as followeth. East on the Main Street or Post Road, South Part on Land of STEPHEN GREEN JOHN CASEY and CLARK BROWN, West on a Lot of Land belonging to the Heirs of OLIVER ARNOLD Late Deceased and North on a Street or Highway. “
“I the said JESSE ANDREWS do Promise” that
“I am the true sole & Lawful owner of the above bargained premises and Lawfully seized & Possessed of the same in my own Proper Right as a good Perfect and absolute Estate of inheritance in fee simple[.]”
Dower release by SARAH ANDREWS, wife of JESSE ANDREWS. 26 February A.D. 1800. [signed] JESSE ANDREWS (seal), SARAH ANDREWS (+) “her mark” (seal). Witnesses: DAN TAYLOR, ANDREW BOYD.
Recorded February 26th AD 1800; JESSE and SARAH ANDREWS personally appeared in East Greenwich.

Analysis of current deed (see full transcription at bottom of this post)

Jesse Andrews was a “Yeoman Alias Mariner” in this deed; from prior research I know he had a Seaman’s Protection Certificate from Providence and was documented on at least one voyage in 1794. So apparently he was transitioning to a Yeoman.  And yet, he owns only 27 square rods of land  – less than ¼ acre.  Clearly he would do very little farming or animal husbandry there.

The sale price of $900 seems extraordinary.  There is no mention of a mortgage in any way, nor do other deeds suggest that.  From all later accounts the family seems poor. Were their earlier fortunes much better?  Jesse’s father died in the late 1780’s, when Jesse was a teenager, leaving no surviving probate record.  Only two sons are documented as surviving him; the other moved to Rensselaer County, New York and did well.  Did Jesse start life with a reasonable inheritance?

“Main Street or Post Road” is the same street then as today; the main street of downtown East Greenwich, a thriving community with the Bay to the East with a small port, quickly turning (at this earlier period) to farmland on the west side.  Through previous research I know Jesse’s property, from this deed, was located at the corner of Main and Montrose Streets.

This map of 1820 East Greenwich is provided as evidence that King Street, leading down to the bay, was the main thoroughfare of East Greenwich, not Main Street, where my ancestor had a house. That goes a long way to explain how my ancestor could afford such a classy address - maybe it wasn't - from The History of East Greenwich by McPartland, p. 51.

This map of 1820 East Greenwich is provided as evidence that King Street, leading down to the bay, was the main thoroughfare of East Greenwich, not Main Street, where Jesse Andrews’ house was. – from The History of East Greenwich by McPartland, p. 51.

Sarah cannot write her name, but being female this doesn’t provide much evidence of financial standing of her family.  Jesse can write, which suggests, at least, a financially stable childhood.

One abutter was Oliver Arnold.  Sarah Andrews’ maiden name was Arnold and her father was Joseph.  Was Oliver related to her?

The house was sold in February; by mid-year Jesse was enumerated in nearby Warwick between his mother and his father in law (and again in 1810).  Depending on the exact location, that could be just a few blocks away.  With money in hand, it’s hard to imagine why the couple retreated to their parents’ neighborhood and did not appear to own property again for the next two decades.

Witness “Dan Taylor” is related to the Campbell family, previous owners of this property and relatives of a noted local genealogist.  Further evidence from that quarter should turn up the exact location and history of this property.

Research plan

1. Look at other deeds for Jesse Andrews, in particular, the documents that explain his acquisition of this property. Look at the surrounding towns to find ALL property records for Jesse’s father, Philip Andrews, and investigate through deeds and probate exactly what Philip inherited from his own father.

  • Deeds (use grantor and grantee index volumes) for Jesse Andrews, Philip Andrews, and John Andrews in Warwick, East Greenwich, and Coventry, R.I.
  • Check for early Mortgage records which may be filed separately in East Greenwich.
  • Probate for Jesse’s grandfather John Andrews in East Greenwich or Warwick.

2. Determine the meaning of Yeoman beyond just farming; also, Warranty Deed.

  • Blacks Law Dictionary
  • Researchers Guide to American Genealogy
  • East Greenwich and Warwick deeds in my possession

3. Look for tax records in East Greenwich.

  • Inquire at the East Greenwich town clerk’s office about the federal 1798 Direct Tax, to verify that the East Greenwich list is lost.
  • Also ask if any other tax records survive from 1795-1801.
Bruce McGunnigle's recent guide to historic East Greenwich is helpful for pinning down locations of property. The East Greenwich Free Library provides additional manuscript materials.

Bruce McGunnigle’s recent guide to historic East Greenwich is helpful for pinning down locations of property. The East Greenwich Free Library provides additional manuscript materials.

4. Investigate the neighbor Oliver Arnold.

  • Greene, D.H. History of the Town of East Greenwich and Adjacent Territory (Providence, 1877).
  • Adamson, Thaire H. and Marion Fry.  A History of East Greenwich Rhode Island : as published in The East Greenwich Packet.  East Greenwich, R.I. : East Greenwich Preservation Society, 1996.
  • Use East Greenwich deeds to determine who the previous owner of Oliver’s property was.
  • The Arnold Memorial by Elisha Arnold
  • If necessary: James Arnold’s Vital Record of Rhode Island, vol. 1
  • If necessary: Search Rhode Island Roots at americanancestors.org.

5. Determine the value of $900 in 1800; was currency in fluctuation; was it controlled by the federal government or the state at that time.

  • Find a journal article or book that explains currency fluctuations 1790-1810.

6. Examine the three abutters – Stephen Green, John Casey, and Clark Brown – listed on the deed, to seek relatives for Sarah.

  • Greene, D.H. History of the Town of East Greenwich and Adjacent Territory (Providence, 1877).
  • McPartland, Martha R.  The History of East Greenwich, Rhode Island 1677-1960 With Related Genealogies (East Greenwich Free Library Association, 1960).
  • Casey Family of Casey Farm, vertical file at Rhode Island Historical Society.
  • The Brown Family History II: Tracing the Clark Brown Line by Spooner, Platz and Young, at R.I. Historical Society Library.
  • The Clarke Family of Rhode Island by George Austin Morrison available online at http://digital.library.yale.edu/cdm/ref/collection/rebooks/id/101779
  • Bamberg, Cherry Fletcher. “Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records: East Greenwich Town Council Records, 1734-1774.” Rhode Island Roots. Special Bonus Issue 2008 (April 2008).
  • Bamberg, Cherry Fletcher. “Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records: East Greenwich Town Council Records, 1775-1800.” Rhode Island Roots. Special Bonus Issue 2009 (April 2009).
  • James Arnold’s Vital Record of Rhode Island, vol. 1
  • Search Rhode Island Roots at americanancestors.org.

7. Study the backgrounds of the witnesses, Dan Taylor and Andrew Boyd, especially in light of Dan Taylor’s appearance in prior deeds.

  • MacGunnigle, Bruce Campbell. “Archibald Campbell Esq.: Ancestors and Descendants; Part One.”  Rhode Island Roots, 32:1 (Mar 2006) 1-22.
  • Adamson, Thaire H. “The Campbell Chronicle” in A History of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, Second Printing (East Greenwich, R.I. Preservation Society, 1996) 116-117.

8. Learn more about the purchaser, Joseph Spencer. What were his subsequent activities on the property? Do they suggest some type of outfitting or location specifics that could reveal something about the uses Jesse and Sarah had for the house?  Look in local journals, newspapers, and, if necessary, probate.

  • McPartland, Martha R.  The History of East Greenwich, Rhode Island 1677-1960 With Related Genealogies (East Greenwich Free Library Association, 1960).
  • Greene, D.H. History of the Town of East Greenwich and Adjacent Territory (Providence, 1877).
  • MacGunnigle, Bruce C. Strolling in Historic East Greenwich. Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.

In closing

Working on a strategy is time well spent.  A written research strategy can be taken to repositories, and amended as new evidence comes up.  Notes and footnotes can be taken adjacent to the items on the list, forming a quick research report, ready for analysis.

More on the outcomes of this research later.

Signature of Jesse and Sarah Andrews on the deed. He signed, she made her mark.

Signature of Jesse and Sarah Andrews on the deed. He signed, she made her mark.

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Transcription of deed

Andrews to Spencer, Warranty Deed
East Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island
Land Evidence 10:527
Drawn 26 Feb 1800, recorded 26 Feb 1800
To all People to whom these Presents shall Come, I Jesse Andrews of East Greenwich in the County of Kent and State of Rhode Island Yeoman alias Mariner send Greeting. Know ye that I the said Jesse Andrews for and in Consideration of the sum of Nine Hundred Dollars to me in Hand before the Ensealing thereof, well and Truly Paid by Capt. Joseph Spencer of said East Greenwich in said County of Kent Mariner, the Receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge and myself therewith fully satisfied Contented and Paid, and thereof and of every Part and Parcel thereof do exonerate acquit and discharge him the said Joseph Spencer his heirs Executors and Administrators, forever by these Presents Have Given, granted, bargained sold assined, enfeoffed Conveyed and Confirmed, and by these Presents do freely, fully and absolutely Give, Grant bargain sell assine enfeoffe Convey and Confirm unto him the said Joseph Spencer his heirs and assigns forever a Certain Lot of Land With a Dwelling House & other Buildings thereon standing situate in East Greenwich aforesaid said Lot Containing by Estimation about Twenty seven square Rods be the same more or Less and bounded as followeth. East on the Main Street or Post Road, South Part on Land of Stephen Green John Casey and Clark Brown, West on a Lot of Land belonging to the Heirs of Oliver Arnold Late Deceased and North on a Street or Highway. To Have and to Hold the said Granted and bargained Premises, with all the appurtenances, Privilidges & Commodeties to the same belonging or in anywise appertaining to him the said Joseph Spencer his heirs & assigns forever to his and their only proper use benefit and behalf forever, and I the said Jesse Andrews for myself my heirs Executors & Administrators do Covenant Promise and Grant to & with the said Joseph Spencer his heirs and assigns that at and before the Ensealing hereof I am the true sole & Lawful owner of the above bargained premises and Lawfully seized & Possessed of the same in my own Proper Right as a good Perfect and absolute Estate of inheritance in fee simple & have in my self Good Right full Power and Lawfull Authority to Grant bargain Sell Convey and Confirm the said bargained Premises in Manner as aforesaid and that the said Joseph Spencer his heirs & assigns shall and may from time to time and at all times forever hereafter by force and Virtue of these Presents Lawfully Peaceably and Justly Have hold and[?] occupy Possess and Enjoy the said devised & bargained Premises with the appurtinances freely and Clearly acquitted Exonerated and discharged of and from all & all Manner of former or other Gifts Grants bargains Sales Leases Mortgages Wills Entails Jointures Dowries Judgments Executions & incumbrances of what Name or Nature soever[?] that might in any Measure or Dagne [?] or make void the Present Deed. Furthermore I the said Jesse Andrews for me my heirs Executors & Administrators do Covenant & Engage the above devised Premises to him the said Joseph Spencer his heirs & assigns against the lawful
Claims or demands of any Person or Persons whatsoever, forever to Warrant Secure and Defend by these Presents & Sarah Andrews Wife of the said Jesse Andrews for the Consideration above Mentioned doth Yield up and surrender unto the before mentioned Joseph Spencer his heirs & assigns forever all her Right of Dower & Power of thirds in & unto the before described Lot of Land & Premises. In Witness whereof we the said Jesse Andrews and Sarah Andrews have hereunto set our Hand and Seal this Twenty Sixth Day of February Anno Domi 1800 — —
Jesse Andrews (seal)
her
Sarah + Andrews (seal)
Mark
Signed Sealed & Delivered in Presence of
Dan Taylor
Andrew Boyd
Recorded & Compd with the original February 26th AD 1800 by
H. Cooke,Tn Clk
Kent / East Greenwich the day & year above Mentioned Personally appeared the above subscribers Jesse Andrews & Sarah Andrews & acknowledged the above Deed of sale to be their voluntary act & Deed hand and seal thereunto affixed before me
A. Boyd Just. Peace —

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Who Were the Parents of Hannah (Andrews) Lamphere?

Hannah Andrews and Russell Lamphere married on 11 June 1838 at Norwich, Connecticut and over the next 40 years until her death in 1878 they lived their lives and raised their children in Connecticut, Alabama, and Rhode Island, leaving behind enough records to make the details of her adult life reasonably clear.  The question is, who were the parents of Hannah Andrews?

There are documents that reveal the names of Hannah’s parents to be Jesse and Sarah Andrews.  Knowing exactly which Jesse and Sarah Andrews is problematic.  Neither Hannah nor her parents lived out their lives in one place, and their vital records are spotty.  Many records left by wealthier families – vital records, numerous land transactions, church pews, probate records, informative cemetery markers – were seemingly out of reach for Hannah’s family.  And of the evidence that does exist, some is contradictory.

Using a combination of direct evidence and evidence gleaned through identifying two siblings, proof that Hannah’s parents were the Jesse and Sarah Andrews married in Warwick, Rhode Island in 1795 can be pieced together.

Map showing the important locations in Hannah's lifetime.

Map showing the important locations in Hannah’s lifetime.

Jessie and Sarah Andrews

Hannah’s death record contains the names of her parents: Jesse Andrews and Sarah Andrews.  It also reports that Sarah Andrews was born in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Hannah’s 1878 death record, signed by her doctor with data reported by her husband, exists as both a “Return of Death” and as the same information copied into the Providence record book of Deaths.[1]  It is the most direct report of Hannah’s parents found.  Jesse’s birthplace is given as “U.S.” and Sarah’s as “Warwick” which would mean Warwick, Rhode Island since the form was from Providence, Rhode Island.  Hannah’s birthplace is listed as “Coventry, Connecticut,” and her birth date calculates to 12 February 1819.  Since Russell and Hannah married when Hannah was 19, her family situation prior to marriage should have been well known to him.

Research shows two sets of Jesse and Sarah Andrews in New England, although of course there could be others:

  1. Jesse Andrews and Sarah Alvord married at Montague, Franklin County, Massachusetts (intentions, 18 Dec 1817[2]) and became the parents of three living children (Nancy Eliza, Sophia Lucretia, and Moses) between January, 1819 and October, 1822[3]. There would not have been time for the birth of Hannah and another sibling (Alden, see below) during the period 1817-1822.  There is no evidence that this couple ever left Massachusetts.
  2. Jesse Andrews, of Philip, and Sally Arnold, of Joseph, married at Warwick, Rhode Island on 22 February 1795.[4] The town, Warwick, coincides with information on Hannah’s death record. If Sarah Arnold had been 18 at marriage, in that case, she could have been about 42 in 1819, the probable year of Hannah’s birth.  Given that there were many children reported in the federal census records of 1800[5] and 1810[6] for this couple, a child as late as age 42 seems possible. No record has been found in Rhode Island for this couple after the 1810 census.

More evidence is needed to build a case for Jesse and Sally Andrews of Warwick to be Hannah’s parents, because they did not remain in Warwick.  From here, it is necessary to backtrack through Hannah’s adult life to find the additional clues.

Hannah’s marriage

Norwich Town 11 June 1838 Russell Lamphere of Norwich and Hannah Andrews of Ashford entered in the marriage relation before me . Joel R. Arnold, Pastor of the Congl Church Colchester. Received July 5, 1878. Simeon [?] Town Clerk

Norwich Town 11 June 1838

The first clue is that Hannah was, in 1838, from Ashford, Connecticut.  The marriage of Hannah Andrews and Russell Lamphere appears in the town records of Norwich, Connecticut:

Norwich Town 11 June 1838 Russell Lamphere of Norwich and Hannah Andrews of Ashford entered in the marriage relation before me   Joel R Arnold   Pastor of Cong’l Church   Colchester   Received July 5 1838 Simeon Thomas Town Clerk. [7]

The handwritten record, a primary source, provides direct evidence of the marriage and was viewed in the original book where it was recorded several weeks later by the town clerk, as reported by the officiant.  It is less clear why Hannah was not married in her own town of Ashford, and why they chose a minister from another town five miles distant.

Newlyweds Hannah and Russell were enumerated in Norwich, Connecticut in 1840 with one boy under 5 and with three extra adults in the household, besides the young couple[8].

Hannah’s brother

Although birth and death records are non-existent for this family before the 1870’s, during Hannah’s marriage and even after her death, there is evidence of a brother, Alden Andrews, who was the son of the Jesse Andrews of Ashford.  Alden can very reasonably be called Hannah’s brother because of four circumstances:  co-habitation, similar age and birthplace, parental names on the death records, and assistance given to Alden’s children.

Alden is enumerated in the same Norwich, Connecticut dwelling with Hannah and Russell Lamphere in 1850.

1850 NORWICH, CONN.  Dwelling 1939[9] Name Age Sex Occup Birthplace Attended school
Family 2432 Russell Lamphere 32 M Machinist Conn.
Hannah  “ 31 F Mass.
William “ 10 M Conn. 1
Sarah  “ 7 F Conn. 1
Charles  “ 5 M
Caroline  “ 2 F
Family 2433 Alden Andrews 31 M Machinist Mass.
Sarah  “ 26 F Mass.
Albert  “ 1 M Conn.
Louisa Tucker 18 F Mass.

 

This census shows Alden Andrews living in the same dwelling as Hannah and Russell and their children, along with Alden’s family.  Alden and Russell were working as machinists.  For them to live in the same dwelling provides strong evidence that they were family.  The lack of a difference in their ages seems inconsistent with other records, that usually maintain an earlier birth year for Alden.  The birthplace for both, Massachusetts, might point to other Jesse and Sarah Andrews family, from Montague, Massachusetts as parents, but in fact the period of their birth, the late 1810’s, is one in which the Jesse and Sarah Andrews of Warwick had disappeared from Warwick records, and not yet made their appearance in Ashford records, so they could have been in Massachusetts.  Or the designation of Massachusetts could be wrong.  Despite a report in her death record that Coventry, Connecticut was her birthplace, no evidence has ever turned up to clarify the birthplace question for Hannah or Alden.

Alden later lived in Rhode Island, appearing with his wife and children in the 1870 census[10] (and providing evidence that he had a son Merrill) and dying in Coventry, Rhode Island in 1873[11], leading to the second piece of evidence that Alden was Hannah’s brother:  his father was listed on his death certificate as “Jesse”; mother left blank.

The third and final piece of evidence, a census record from 1880[12], after Hannah’s death, shows that Russell Lamphere was living in Providence, Rhode Island and had taken in Alden’s son Merrill Andrews as a boarder. Both men were employed at a “Cotton Mill” which suggests that Russell (often employed in a senior capacity) may have helped the younger man find employment in Providence.

Hannah’s later life

By 1855, Hannah and Russell and the children had moved to Alabama[13].  The 1860 census in Tuscaloosa, Alabama assigned Massachusetts as Hannah’s birthplace[14].  Although Russell and his youngest daughter, Emma, were enumerated at a boarding house in nearby Meridian, Mississippi in 1870[15] a search for an 1870 census record for Hannah and the other grown children has not been successful, despite two of the sons being in their late 20s and capable of running households, which they later did, remaining throughout their lives in the south.

The 1875 Rhode Island state census in Johnston, Rhode Island shows Russell, Hannah and the daughters back up north[16].  She died in Providence on 22 June 1878 (see footnote 1) after, according to her obituary, “a long and painful illness”[17] which might explain her absence from the 1870 Meridian household of her husband.

Looking back at Ashford, Connecticut

Property records in Ashford provide the direct evidence that the Jesse Andrews of Ashford was Alden Andrews’ father.

Ashford Deeds, volume 24 : 432-433.  8 Jan 1838[18] 

Jesse Andrews of Ashford sells to Alden Andrews of Ashford, 50 acres, for $200.  Described as:

A certain tract or piece of land lying in said Ashford containing about 50 acres be the same more or less and bounded south on lands of Rufus Eastman, East on land of Rufus Eastman and William Shurman, North on land of Tomson Lyon and land possessed by Nathan B. Lyon, west on lands of said Nathan B. Lyon and land of Rufus Eastman.

This is further documentation of the only Jesse Andrews found in Ashford in the 1830’s; showing him “of Ashford” selling property to Alden Andrews of Ashford in 1838.  Significantly, this item places Jesse in Ashford in the key year of 1838, only several months before Hannah’s marriage, where she is recorded as being “of Ashford.”

Another deed documents the relationship of Jesse and Alden, using the words “received by deed of my father, Jesse Andrews”:

Ashford Deeds, volume 24 : 493-494.  31 March 1838[19] 

Alden Andrews of Ashford sells to Samuel Mosely of Hampton, 50 acres, for $175.  Described as:

A certain tract or piece of land being and lying in said and bounded on the north on lands of Nathan B. Lyon and Tomson Lyon, East on lands of William Shurman and Rufus Eastman, south on land of Rufus Eastman, West on lands of Rufus Eastman & Nathan B. Lyon, being the same piece of land which I the grantor received by deed of my father, Jesse Andrews.

Ashford, Connecticut town hall, June, 2013

Ashford, Connecticut town hall, June, 2013. Photo by Diane Boumenot.

Ashford census

The federal census offers the final clue that Hannah’s parents, Jesse and Sarah Andrews of Ashford, Connecticut, were the Jesse and Sally Andrews of Warwick, Rhode Island.  Knowing that Hannah was “of Ashford” when she married in 1838, a look at the 1820, 1830, 1840 and 1850 federal census records for Ashford reveals some details about Jesse Andrews.

Each of these census records is an original record, placed online as a digital copy.  For each year, the pages give the impression of having been created in some kind of geographical order, because no other scheme seems evident.  Eastford, Connecticut was split off from Ashford in 1847[20] and it is likely the Andrews were in approximately the same place for all four decades.

1820 ASHFORD, CONN. W M <10 W M 10-15 W M 45+ W F <10 W F 10-15 W F 16-25 W F 26-44 Engaged Agric. Engaged Manuf.
Jessee Andrews [21] 3 2 1 2 1 1 1 (1) (5)

The 1820 census, the earliest Connecticut record for Jesse Andrews, is consistent with the growing family found in the earlier Warwick records.  Jesse Andrews was head of a bustling household of 11 in 1820, with five of those persons engaged in manufacture, and five household members under the age of 10 – presumably, Hannah and Alden were among them.  Although Ashford was rural, eastern Connecticut in this era was a thriving industrial area, with Norwich and Plainfield being home to several industries.  Possibly, the family was doing some sort of piecework for a local industry.

1830 ASHFORD, CONN. W M 20-29 W M 60-69 W F 20-29 W F 50-59
Jesse Andrews [22] 1 1
Benjamin Andrews, next entry to Jesse[23] 1 1

But in 1830, when Hannah and Alden would have been about 11 and 13 years old, no children were enumerated in the Jesse Andrews household, making this record serve as contradictory evidence.  Next door, if the census was done in a geographic path, Benjamin Andrews, a young man, was living with his wife (Benjamin had married Lucy Snow on 8 March 1830 at Ashford[24].)  Jesse’s almost empty house implies that the older couple had no parental responsibilities.  But the older offspring, formerly “engaged in manufactures,” would have households of their own by 1830 and possibly took the younger children with them, for household help or to work in industries close by; this supposition is based on the large number of household members “engaged in manufactures” in the prior census.  No obvious candidates for the older siblings, except for Benjamin, appear in the 1830 Eastford or Ashford enumeration districts, so they may have gone to more industrialized towns nearby.  Hannah met her husband Russell, a longtime Norwich resident, by the time of her marriage in 1838 and it is doubtful she could have met him in Ashford.

1840 ASHFORD, CONN. W M 5-9 W M 30-39 W F <5 W F 5-9 W F 30-39 Employed in Agric
Benjamin B. Andrews [25] 3 2 1 2 1 (1)

In 1840, no trace of Jesse or his wife can be found in Windham County, and no burial, probate, cemetery, newspaper or any other record can be found for Jesse after 1838.

1850 EASTFORD, CONN. Age Sex Occup Birthplace Attended school
Benjamin B. Andrews [26] 41 M Farmer R.I.
Sarah Andrews 74 F R.I.
Norris B “ 18 M Shoe Maker Conn. 1
Susan D “ 14 F Conn. 1

By 1850, Benjamin was enumerated with an older woman, Sarah Andrews, and his children, and remarkably, both Benjamin and Sarah reported being born in Rhode Island.  This theory (and unfortunately there is no further evidence for it) that Jesse is Benjamin’s father, and that Sarah was his mother, living with him and perhaps caring for his apparently motherless children, provides the only evidence that the wife of Jesse Andrews, of Ashford, was named Sarah, and the only direct link of the Ashford Andrews back to Rhode Island.  No death record can be found for Sarah.  Benjamin, after a long career in and out of jail as a noted chicken thief[27], was given a perfunctory death record in Eastford in 1885 which did not name his parents[28].  Most other death records on that page and surrounding pages recorded names and places of birth for parents.  Likely, Benjamin died friendless and no one wished to report any facts about him.

1860 NORWICH, CONN. Age Sex Occup Birthplace Attended school
Benj. B. Andrews [29] 51 M Farmer Mass
Mary A  “ 51 F Housekeeper Ct.
Norris  “ 27 M Shoe Maker Ct.
Anna “ 84 F R.I.
Michael Davis 78 M CT

Some further support for Sarah Andrews’ birth in Rhode Island occurs in the 1860 census. Benjamin and his second wife Mary Ann Davis were enumerated in Norwich, Connecticut. Although Sarah appears to be enumerated as “Anna” Andrews, this is her son’s household, based on names and ages, and further evidence that this is Sarah can be found in the 1861 city directory for Norwich, where “Sarah Andrews” boarded at 22 Spring Street, which is the same address as given for farmer “Benjamin B. Andrews[30].”

Ashford, from Connecticut Historical Collections by J.W. Barber, New Haven, 1836, p. 417.

Ashford, from Connecticut Historical Collections by J.W. Barber, New Haven, 1836, p. 417.

In conclusion

The case for Jesse and Sally Andrews married in 1795 in Warwick, Rhode Island to be Hannah’s parents rests on Hannah’s death record which states that her mother Sarah was born in Warwick, on the 1850 census report that Benjamin and the elderly Sarah Andrews were born in Rhode Island (further backed up by a flawed 1860 census), and on the evidence that Alden (and, much more hypothetically, Benjamin) were brothers of Hannah, thereby linking her more completely to the Jesse Andrews of Ashford.  Although the evidence appears contradictory at times, the story holds together and exhaustive research has uncovered no other solution.

Further research will be ongoing among the Andrews of Windham and New London counties, Connecticut, to find another likely sibling with a post-1870 death record that properly lists parents and their birthplaces.

Endnotes

[1] Two versions:  (1) City of Providence, Rhode Island, Returns of Deaths, 1856-1921, for Hannah Lanphear (died 22 June 1878), digital images, FamilySearch.org, (htttp://www.familysearch.org : accessed 4/18/2016) image 2023 of 2142, from FHL microfilm 2022884 (June 1877-June 1878).  (2; derivative of the first and omitting birthplaces of the parents) Providence, Rhode Island, “Deaths,” Book 14, p. 161, for “Hannah Lanphear,” Providence City Archives, Providence.

[2] Town of Montague, Franklin County, Massachusetts, Town Records with Births, Marriages, and Deaths, for Mr. Jesse Andrews of Montague and Miss Sarah Alvord of Greenfield (Montague, Dec. 18, 1817 on page 439, digital image, Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 04/12/2012) image 217 of 232, from Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988.

[3] Town of Montague, Franklin County, Massachusetts, Montague Births and Deaths, 1744-1861, Book 1, for Jesse Andrews and Sarah Alvord, his wife, (Nancy Eliza, daughter, born Jan. 27, 1819; Sophia Lucretia, daughter, born Oct 6, “1819 or 1820”; Moses, son, born Oct 7, 1822, plus eight subsequent births, page 12-13), digital image, Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 04/12/2012) image 24 of 518, from Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988.

[4] The marriage record reads: “2 : 258 – Andrews, Jesse, of Phillip, deceased, and Sally Arnold, of Joseph; m. by James Jerauld, Justice, Feb 22, 1795.”  Arnold, James, Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850. First Series, Births, Marriages and Deaths. 6 vols.  (Providence, Narragansett Historical Publishing Company, 1891), 1 (section: Warwick – Marriages) : 3. Note: Original book cited, Warwick Marriages 2, page 238, has not been found in Warwick City Hall and was not microfilmed with other books in the 1970’s. Note also that wife “Sally” signed her name as “Sarah” with her mark in a 1797 deed (East Greenwich, Rhode Island, Land Evidence, 10: 424, Jesse Andrews to Christopher Andrews, Town Clerk’s Office, East Greenwich.)

[5] (The 1800 census shows the couple in Warwick, with one boy under 10 and two girls under 10 plus a man and two women).  1800 U.S. Census. Kent County, Rhode Island, population schedule, Warwick, p. 38 (penned), line 15, Jesse Andrews; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 June 2014); from National Archives microfilm publication M32, roll 45.

[6] (In the 1810 census, still in Warwick, Jesse Andrew’s household shows three boys under 10, one boy 10-16, one girl under 10, and two girls 10-16 plus a man and a woman. He is enumerated next to Joseph Arnold, which is the name of his father in law, according to his marriage record, see footnote 4). 1810 U.S. Census. Kent County, Rhode Island, population schedule, Warwick, p. 22 (penned), line 22, Jesse Andrew; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 22 June 2014); from National Archives microfilm publication M252, roll 59.

[7] Norwich, Connecticut, “Marriages Births & Deaths No. 6,” p. 19, for “Russell Lamphere of Norwich” and “Hannah Andrews of Ashford;” Office of the City Clerk, Norwich.

[8] 1840 U.S. Census. New London County, Connecticut, population schedule, Norwich, p. 3613 & 3614 (stamped), p. 178 (stamped), line 26, Russel Lamphere; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 June 2016); from National Archives microfilm publication M704, roll 30.

[9] 1850 U.S. Census. Windham, Connecticut, population schedule, Eastford Township, p. 470 (penned 471 on facing page), p. 235B (stamped 235 on previous page), dwelling 63, family 67, Sarah Andrews; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 June 2016); from National Archives microfilm publication M432, roll 51.

[10]   1870 U.S. Census. Kent County, Rhode Island, population schedule, Coventry, Post Office: Summit, p. 139 (following page, stamped), p. 34 (penned), dwelling 237, family 312, Aldin Andrews; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 June 2016); from National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 1471.

[11]   Coventry, Rhode Island, “Record of Deaths, 1843-1900, Town of Coventry”, Deaths section : 34, Alden Andrews; digital images, FamilySearch.org, (www.FamilySearch.org : accessed 22 June 2016) image 393 of 528, from FHL microfilm 925616 (Births, marriages, deaths 1830-1900).

[12]   1880 U.S. Census. Providence County, Rhode Island, population schedule, Providence Enumeration District 61, p.541 (stamped), p. 19 (penned), dwelling 90, family 110, Russell Lamphere; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 June 2016); from National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 1213.

[13]   1855 census, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, “An Enumeration of the Inhabitants of the County of Tuscaloosa taken under an Act “To take the Census of the State of Alabama for the year 1855,” p. 75, line 3, household of Russel Lamphere; FHL microfilm 1,492,023.

[14]   1860 U.S. Census. Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, population schedule (free), City of Tuscaloosa, p. 448 (stamped 447 on prior page), p. 12 (penned), dwelling 130, family 130, Hannah Lamphere; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 June 2016); from National Archives microfilm publication M657, roll 25.

[15]   1870 U.S. Census. Lauderdale County, Mississippi, population schedule (free), Township 6, Post Office “Meridian,” p. 29 (stamped), p. 17 (penned), dwelling 130, family 130, Russell Landfare; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 June 2016); from National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 735.

[16]   1875 census, Providence County, Rhode Island, “Census of District, No. 1, Town of Johnston, June 1, 1875,” p. 51, “Silver Lake Street,” line 34, household of Russel Lamphere; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 June 2016); Rhode Island, State Census, 1865-1935 for Hannah Lamphere, 1875, Providence, Johnston, image 51 of 145.

[17]   “Providence Journal, Tuesday Morning, June 25, 1878,” obituary for Hannah Lanphere, The Providence Daily Journal, 25 June 1878, p. 2, col. 3.

[18]   Ashford, Connecticut, Deeds, 24:  493-494, Col. Jesse Andrews to Alden Andrews 8 January 1838; Town Clerk’s Office, Ashford.

[19]   Ashford, Connecticut, Deeds, 24 :  432-433, Alden Andrews to Samuel Mosely, 31 March 1838; Town Clerk’s Office, Ashford.

[20]   Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org), “Eastford, Connecticut” 09/12/2016.

[21]   1820 U.S. Census. Windham County, Connecticut, population schedule, Ashford, p. 28 (penned), p. 430 (stamped), p. 1978 (stamped), line 8, “Jessee Andrews”; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 June 2016); from National Archives microfilm publication M33, roll 3.

[22]   1830 U.S. Census. Windham County, Connecticut, population schedule, Ashford, p. 166 (penned), p. 330 & 331 (penned), line 2, Jesse Andrews; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 June 2016); from National Archives microfilm publication M19, roll 11.

[23]   1830 U.S. Census. Windham County, Connecticut, population schedule, Ashford, p. 166 (penned), p. 330 & 331 (penned), line 3, Benjamin Andrews; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 June 2016); from National Archives microfilm publication M19, roll 11.

[24]   Ashford, Connecticut, “Births Marriages Deaths 1710-1851,” 6: 38, for Benjamin B Andrews and Lucy B. Snow “both of Ashford,” Office of the Town Clerk, Ashford.

[25]   1840 U.S. Census. Windham County, Connecticut, population schedule, Ashford, p. 4275 (stamped), line 12, Benjamin B. Andrews; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 June 2016); from National Archives microfilm publication M704, roll 32.

[26]   1850 U.S. Census. Windham County, Connecticut, population schedule, Eastford, p. 235B (stamped), line 13-16, Benjamin B. Andrews household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 19 May 2016); from National Archives microfilm publication roll M432_51, page 235B, image 285.

[27]   For instance, “Tuesday Apr 30 1878: Benjamin Andrews from Eastford, was brought before Judge Tilden last week, charged with stealing 10 chickens from Chas. Simpson of South Windham. He was found guilty on circumstantial evidence, and fined $5 and costs. He appealed, and in default of bonds was sent to Brooklyn to await trial. He was well known at the jail, and bears a bad reputation among his neighbors. It is stated that one year he sold 200 chickens and did not raise one of them.” – Message Boards > Topics > Newspaper Research > Willimantic Enterprise News Message Board 1877. “1262.”  Digital item, http://Ancestry.com: accessed 21 October 2013.

[28]   Eastford, Connecticut, Births Marriages Deaths, 3 (1881-1886): 210-211, for “Benjamin Andrews,” Eastford Town Hall, Eastford.

[29]   1860 U.S. Census. New London County, Connecticut, population schedule, Norwich, p. 217, line 33-37, Benjamin B. Andrews household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 June 2016); from National Archives microfilm publication Roll M653_90, page 1000, image 375.

[30]   John W. Steadman, compiler, Directory of the City and Town of Norwich, No. 1, 1861, microfilm reprint, U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995, Ancestry.com, Norwich, Connecticut City Directory, 1861, 15, “Sarah Andrews.”

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This is the page for all things that did not fit well in the other categories, but have been very helpful to me.

Archives & manuscripts

Portsmouth Free Public Library, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Portsmouth Free Public Library, Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Booksellers

  • Allison Goodsell Books, 2528 Kingstown Rd, Kingston, RI – many standard Rhode Island genealogy series and books, secondhand. 
  • Paper Nautilus, 5 South Angell, Providence, RI – a variety of important Rhode Island history books, not much genealogy.
  • Lavendier Books online on eBay – a good selection of Rhode Island genealogy classics and history books, secondhand.

Boston Transcript

  • The Boston Transcript was a Boston, Massachusetts newspaper that regularly carried a page of genealogical questions and answers.  That feature ran for several decades in the late 1800’s/early 1900’s. It is gradually becoming easier to locate these papers online.

Church Records

First Baptist Church in America, Providence

First Baptist Church in America, Providence

City Directories

Court records

  • request a pre-1900 divorce record, use this form at the Rhode Island Judicial Records Center.
  • Colonial Justice: Early Rhode Island Court Records Project offers a small set of court records from the Rhode Island Historical Society.
  • Fiske, Jane Fletcher. Gleanings from Newport Court Files 1659-1783. Boxford, Massachusetts: 1998.
  • Fiske, Jane Fletcher, transcriber. Rhode Island General Court of Trials 1671-1704. Boxford, Massachusetts, 1998.
  • Rappaport, Diane. New England Court Records. Burlington, Mass.: Quill Pen Press, 2006. [a guide to finding records in the New England states]
  • Kent County Divorces from Court Records by Katherine Bruce and Violet E. Kettelle.   Rhode Island Roots 14:2 (Jun 1988) p. 41-50.
  • Petitions to the Rhode Island General Assembly from the Rhode Island State Archives. Volume 1 (1725-1729): Rhode Island Roots 20:1 (Mar 1994) p. 5-7.  Volume 2 (1728-1733): 20:2 (Jun 1994) p. 41-45.  Volume 3 (1734-1738): 20:3 (Sep 1994) p. 87-93.  Volume 4 (1739-1742): 20:4 (Dec 1994) p. 121-126.  Volume 5 (1739-1743):  21:1 (Mar 1995) p. 25-29.  Volume 6 (1743-1748): 21:2 (Jun 1995) p. 44-48.  Volume 7 (1748-1750):  21:4 (Dec 1995) p. 118-122.  Volume 8 (1751-1754)  23:1 (Mar 1997) p. 13-20.

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Geography

Immigration

  • Ancestry.com:  Rhode Island, Indexes to Naturalization Records, 1890-1992
  • Taylor, Maureen A. Rhode Island Passenger ListsPort of Providence 1798-1808; 1820-1872 Port of Bristol and Warren 1820-1871; Compiled from United States Custom House Papers.  Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1995.

Historical stuff

Journals

Laws and government

People of color in Rhode Island

  • Black and Indian Sailors Born in Rhode Island: Bristol Customs House Protection Papers by Jeffrey Howe.  Rhode Island Roots 31:1 (Mar 2005) p. 91-98 and 31:3 (Sep 2005) p. 143-155. New London  31:4 (Dec 2005) p. 196-200.  New Bedford  32:1 (Mar 2006) p. 43-44.  New Bedford 32:2 (Jun 2006) p. 91-93.  Providence  32:3 (Sep 2006) p. 156-163 also 32:4 (Dec 2006) p. 197-207, 33:1 (Mar 2007) p. 34-49.
  • Manumissions in Providence, 1784-1800 by Linda L. Mathew.  Rhode Island Roots 32:4 (Dec 2006) p. 193-196.
  • Smithfield, R.I. Manumissions: Glasco, Jenne, and Their Children by Charlotte Scozzafava.  Rhode Island Roots 34:2 (Jun 2008) : p. 98-101.
  • Free People of Color in the 1825 Census of Providence, R.I. by Jeffrey Howe.  Rhode Island Roots 36:1 (Mar 2010) p. 26-32.
  • Men of Color in the R.I. Regimental Book for 1781 by Bruce C. MacGunnigle. Part One: Piracy and Piety in Newport Rhode Island Roots 38:4 (Dec 2012) : p. 206.
  • Blacks in the 1774 Census of Rhode Island by David Lambert.  Rhode Island Roots 22:3 (Sep 1996) p. 90-94.

Photography

  • Checklist of R.I. Photographers from City Directories by Stephen P. Gross. This project was introduced in 33:2 (Jun 2007) p. 101-105.  [This series was continued for several years and covered many R.I. cities and towns, as an aid to those trying to identify a photograph.]

Records of the poor

  • Herndon, Ruth Wallis. Unwelcome Americans (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001).
  • Smithfield’s Town Poor, 1850 by Elizabeth J. Johnson and Roger D. Joslyn.  Rhode Island Roots 15:1 (Mar 1989) : p. 22-23.  [by combining information from an 1850 printed book, identifying inmates in R.I. poor farms by initials only, with the 1850 federal census that provides names of inmates, the authors compiled of list of “cause of poverty” and “birthplace” for each inmate, and suggested the procedure could work for all Rhode Island poor farms in 1850.  A great idea.]
  • Burial Records from the State Institutions at Howard by Florence Patenaude.  Rhode Island Roots 24:1/2 (Mar/Jun 1998) p. 71-110. Continued in 24: 3/4 (Sep/Dec 1998) p. 191-258.  24:1 (Mar 1999) p. 24-35.  25:2 (Jun 1999) p. 51-71.  26:3 (Sep 2000) p. 19-41. See additional note 27:1 (Mar 2001) p. 46.
  • Indentures at the Dexter Asylum, 1828-1844 by Maureen Taylor.  Rhode Island Roots 22:3 (Sep 1996) p. 68-70.
  • State Farm Records: Abstracts, 1871-1872 by Jean Therrien.  Rhode Island Roots 23:2 (Jun 1997) : p. 51-56.  23:3 (Sep 1997) p. 76-79.  23:4 (Dec 1997) p. 112-115.  25:1 (Mar 1999) p. 17-20.
  • Deaths from the Bills of the Overseers of the Poor, Richmond, Rhode Island, 1820-1850 by Vera M. Robinson.  Rhode Island Roots 29:2 (Jun 2003) p. 87-88.  See addenda 29:3 (Sep 2003) p. 161.
  • Residency Certificates from the Warwick Archives by Cherry Fletcher Bamberg.  Rhode Island Roots 31:1 (Mar 2005) p. 32-39.
  • Some Northern Rhode Island Men Unable to Equip Themselves as Required by Law, 1776 by Linda L. Mathew.  Rhode Island Roots 33:2 (Jun 2007) p. 106-110.  See also Exeter and Richmond 35:1 (Mar 2009) p. 34-37. North Kingstown 37:3 (Sep 2011) p. 142.
  • Notes on Deaths at the Smithfield Town Farm and Asylum, 1865-1870 by Mickey Finn-Jordan.  Rhode Island Roots 41:4 (Dec 2015) : p. 191-200.

In closing

I will be updating this material from time to time.  Thanks for your patience as I put these posts together.  I wish you a lot of success with your Rhode Island research!

Slater Mill, first cotton mill in the United States, Pawtucket, R.I. Library of Congress LC-USZ62-116492

Slater Mill, first cotton mill in the United States, Pawtucket, R.I. Library of Congress LC-USZ62-116492

Find the rest of the 8 WEEKS TO BETTER RHODE ISLAND GENEALOGY RESEARCH series:

  1. Week 1 – Vital Records
  2. Week 2 – Census Records
  3. Week 3 – Probate & Cemeteries
  4. Week 4 – Maps & Deeds
  5. Week 5 – Town Records, Histories, and Newspapers
  6. Week 6 – Published Family Genealogies
  7. Week 7 – Military and Pensions
  8. Week 8 – Everything Else

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If there’s one thing I’ve realized since I’ve started genealogy, it’s that once you get to military records, you find two wonderful things:

  • That there is a large contingent of people spending their lives documenting military history – collecting interesting stuff (instead of tossing it), making maps, finding photographs, displaying artifacts, preserving graves, and writing books.  As genealogists, we suddenly feel like we have partners and colleagues working away on our ancestors.  Hurray for that.
  • That the documents you may find in the military sector can be far more revealing than just about anything else.

So our job as genealogists is to use all of this great work to give us clues about where to find records.

Nathanael Green portrait: Copy of mezzotint by Valentine Greene, executed by J. Brown after Charles Wilson Peale; 1785. National Archives

Rhode Island’s own General Nathanael Greene. His homestead is preserved, see http://www.nathanaelgreenehomestead.org.  Copy of mezzotint by Valentine Greene, executed by J. Brown after Peale.

Finding pre-1875 military records for Rhode Island veterans

I am no expert in any of this so I will give some helpful links here and I hope they will be useful. One thing I should say is that for every war that ever affected Rhode Island, there are experts.  They may sometimes be hobbyists and their information may be broadcast in unusual ways.  Be on the lookout for blogs, particularly blogs written by small groups or organizations, and self-published books.  You may find some good leads.

Finding your ancestor’s name may be fairly easy.  Finding their story is going to take a lot of digging.  Think also of archives, manuscripts, veterans groups, lineage societies, biographical works, and local historical societies.

Helpful tips: 

Early wars

King Philip’s War, 1675-1678.  Although initially hoping to avoid military engagements with the Narragansetts, Rhode Island did eventually become embroiled in King Philip’s War.  Craig Anthony has written some books about Rhode Island’s (and the Tefft family in particular) involvement in a horrific assault that occurred in southern Rhode Island called “The Great Swamp Fight.”  After the war, land in East Greenwich, Rhode Island was offered to a group of veterans (see the History of East Greenwich), and nearby Voluntown, Connecticut was founded to distribute land to veterans.  I usually refer to Soldiers in King Philip’s War by George M. Bodge for information about the war itself, but no doubt better modern sources are available.

By U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Painting in oils by W. Nowland Van Powell - Naval Historical Center Photo # NH 85201-KN (color), CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9103147

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Painting in oils by W. Nowland Van Powell – Naval Historical Center Photo # NH 85201-KN

French and Indian Wars, 1754-1763A List of Rhode Island Soldiers & Sailors in the Old French & Indian War, 1755-1762 by Howard Chapin contains some information and names.

Revolutionary War 1776-1783

Rhode Island sent many soldiers to the war.  Newport was occupied by the British from late 1776 to 1779, resulting in a severe disruption to the rising importance of Newport, and the eventual emergence of Providence as the center of manufacturing, education and government, although that emergence grew slowly over the next hundred years.

A partial list of resources:

  • Rhode Island in the American Revolution by Eric G. Grundset – a recent bibliography of resources for the late colonial period.  This is a must-see – Mr. Grundset will point to numerous record sets that will help you research your ancestor’s service.
  • Benjamin Cowell’s Spirit of 76 in Rhode Island.  Mr. Cowell was instrumental in helping the old soldiers obtain the pensions granted to them by Congress in the 1830’s.  He personally heard their stories, and the stories of officers, friends and neighbors who served.  By 1850, he had put together this book, listing some very brief service records, wishing that he could make an even more complete report.  In my experience, if your ancestor is listed here, keep seeking further service records because he usually only listed a portion.  James Arnold provided an index to Cowell in volume 12 of his Vital Record of Rhode Island.
  • Revolutionary War Index at the Rhode Island State Archives.  A slip index of notations for RW soldiers mentioned in various resources at several Rhode Island repositories.  Each slip will give an abbreviated citation back to the source.  Some soldiers have one or two slips, some have dozens.  This is only on paper as far as I know.
slips in the Revolutionary War index file for my ancestor Richard Ballou.

Slips in the Revolutionary War index file for my ancestor Richard Ballou.

  • Rhode Island Historical Society has a Revolutionary War index as well; it often leads to original payrolls or reports in their manuscript collection.  See also this finding aid.
  • Fold3.com contains many military records, especially for federal government units.  It also contains valuable pension records.
  • Rhode Island Loyalists by Paul J. Bunnell.  Rhode Island Roots 25:1 (Mar 1999) p. 21-23.

War of 1812

  • Some information about sources from the Rhode Island Historical Society.
  • This link opens a pdf list of soldiers from the Rhode Island State Archives.
  • Fold3.com is building a set of digital pension records from the National Archives.  My relative, named Ballou, was in there, but for letters farther down the alphabet, the set is not yet finished.
A marriage record found in a pension file. From the War of 1812 pension file of Augustus Ballou, Fold3.com.

A marriage record found in a pension file. From the War of 1812 pension file of Augustus Ballou, Fold3.com.

Mexican War 1846-1848

The most valuable pension record I have ever found for my family, a 96-page document that unlocked the secrets of my gg-grandmother’s birth, was from a Mexican War pension.  I had to order it from the National Archives.  Try starting on Fold3.com in the Mexican War section, to see if some record may exist.  I have now found two Mexican War pensions that were very helpful.

Civil War 1861-1865

Like many Americans, I have relatives on both sides of this war thanks to my Yankee ancestor who got the bright idea to start a business in Alabama in 1852.  That did not work out well, but his sons joined the Alabama militia in 1861.

There are, of course, hundreds of possible sources.  People are still working on this history and still publishing.  Always check for new work.  Just as one example, see this essay by Robert Grandchamp and also his book Rhode Island and the Civil War: Voices from the Ocean State and Frank Grzyb’s Hidden History of Rhode Island and the Civil War.

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, Providence. Photo by Diane Boumenot.

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, Providence. Photo by Diane Boumenot.

For later wars, even more information should be available through Ancestry.com and Fold3.com.  The digital availability of pension records expands all the time; check online first but then order the full record from the National Archives link near the top of this post.

There are eight weeks of helpful advice and links:
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Civil War artillery. From History of the Ninth and Tenth Regiments Rhode Island Volunteers, p. 117.

Civil War artillery. From History of the Ninth and Tenth Regiments Rhode Island Volunteers, p. 117.

Published compiled genealogies, whether they be books or journal articles, can move our genealogy forward by leaps and bounds.  If the material is of poor quality, though, and if we accept it at face value and don’t pursue the research ourselves, it can jeopardize all our future work, sending us down the wrong roads and setting us up to build tree sections that are completely false.  If you think about it, there is only one correct family tree for any of us; only one true sequence of events that led to the unique people we are.  There is no “close” in genealogy.  There is “correct” and “incorrect.”  Which is not to say we should or could expect to ever know the full truth, going back a dozen or more generations; there are so many reasons why some “truth” just will not be found by us. But for the parts of the tree we are able to build, we as genealogists want them to be correct.

Published family genealogies – Books

I think one of the first things New England genealogists find are those family genealogies published in the late 1800’s.  Googling the name, such as “Ballou genealogy” or “Ballou genealogy book” will usually pull up a pdf of the item, if it exists.  My advice would be to download and save such books in folders on your computer, if they relate to your family, and always use the “Comments” feature in Acrobat Reader to mark each page that is significant to you.  See more about searching for books on How to Build your Digital Library.

The quality of the genealogy in these books may be excellent, or very poor, and everything in between.  My own judgment is that reported events and relationships that occurred within about 60 – 70 years of the publication date have a good chance of being true (or as true as the family wanted to put out there).  Events farther back are often:

  • limited to well-documented, wealthier branches who left behind lots of records, such as vital records, probate, and large and informative gravestones
  • clustered mostly in the branch and geographic location that the author had access to, or had contacts in
  • dependent on the genealogical expertise of the author, so look around for evidence of that.

A good genealogist like Adin Ballou (An Elaborate History and Genealogy of the Ballou Family in America, 1888) may not have used proper footnotes (it was not the custom at the time) but he sprinkled every page with clues as to the sources of his information – deed books with page numbers, dates of probate documents, and many statements like “birth date not found.”  If you use data from these books in your tree, always follow up by checking for the records used.

When using these books, always check around for supplements, addenda, and later corrections.

QUICK FACT – When approaching an indexed family genealogy for the first time, seeking information about a couple, a good shortcut is to search for the last name of the spouse instead of the person who holds the name featured in the book (there will be too many of those). 

Wait, there are more books

Sadly, the search described above is where many genealogists leave off.  Therefore, they miss the thousands of genealogy books, also of varied quality, published since 1923 and, in some cases, still under copyright.  A book under copyright will seldom be found as a pdf online.  It might be for sale somewhere, it might show up as a Google Book in which only a bit of searching is possible (no pdf available), or, more likely, it is sitting on a few library shelves here and there.

I’m not going to provide a master list of books on Rhode Island families, much as I would like to, and I may try that someday. But here is how I approach this problem.

To compile a list of books that have been published on your family names, try the googling mentioned above, then try these steps:

  • Check out the online card catalog of the Rhode Island Historical Society’s Robinson Research Center.  They have lots of compiled genealogies there.  Try, for instance, Advanced Search for the subject “Ballou Family.”  This catalog does not cover everything at the library.
  • Try the card catalog of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  They have a Search Databases function, for members, but anyone can use the “Library Catalog” under “Search.”
  • Always use WorldCat.org to search as well; each entry will come up with the libraries that hold the book, sorted by distance from you.
  • FamilySearch.org also has a “Books” search.
  • I like the card catalog of the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
  • Try the Ocean State Libraries catalog to find out what is in Rhode Island’s public libraries.
Searching for "Ballou family" in the public library catalog.

Searching for “Ballou family” in the Ocean State public library catalog.  The entry will tell you which Rhode Island libraries that hold the book.

My best advice for finding ALL the genealogies published on a certain Rhode Island family is to consult this book:

  • Guide to Published Genealogies in the Library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston: NEHGS, 2012).  I use this book a lot.  No doubt the NEHGS online catalog, linked above, would provide similar information, but I find the book format very easy to follow.
Guide to Published Genealogies has a large alphabetical guide to family history books as well as a guide to town and local histories.

Guide to Published Genealogies has a large alphabetical guide to family history books as well as a guide to town and local histories. Photo by Diane Boumenot.

Compiled genealogy sets covering many families

There are books which serve as guides to the literature of your family’s genealogy, or overviews of the genealogies of large areas.

  • The most important: John O. Austin’s The Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island; Comprising three generations of Settlers who came before 1690.  I strongly recommend NOT using an older version of this; you need the 1978 or later version with corrections, published by Genealogical Publishing Company.  This is printed as a marked-up copy, providing references to all the The American Genealogist articles correcting and expanding Austin’s work.
The Bennett entry in Austin's Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island. I know. It's weird.

The Bennett entry in Austin’s Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island. This is the way the book was printed. I know. It’s weird.

  • For the earliest settlers
    • It’s easy to forget that standard New England works will, of course, cover early Rhode Island families.  First and foremost, try your early families, arriving 1620-1640, in The Great Migration Study Project (by Robert Charles Anderson and others) including The Great Migration Begins (3 volumes) and The Great Migration (7 volumes) (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995-2011.)
    • For a reasonably priced way to access brief bibliographies of the settlers detailed in the 10 volumes of the Great Migration series, try The Great Migration Directory: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1640, A Concise Compendium by Robert Charles Anderson (Boston, NEHGS, 2015).   Another choice would be to access some of the material online through NEHGS membership – use Database Search – Category: Great Migration Study Project.
The Great Migration series and Directory. It's important to have regular access to this; it should be in any library with New England genealogy resources. Photo by Diane Boumenot.

The Great Migration series and Directory. Photo by Diane Boumenot.

  • Austin, John Osborne. One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families. Baltimore: reprinted Genealogical Publishing Co., 2009. [note: This was never that useful to me; it covers the author’s, and the author’s wife’s, families only.] 
  • Savage, James.  A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, in four volumes.  Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, Inc., 1998 (orig. 1860-62).  The Great Migration is far superior to this source, and if you can use that, no need to consult Savage.
  • Cutter, William Richard.  Not much better than mug books, with lines of descent traced only to wealthy southern New Englanders, but still, I have a soft spot for Cutter.  The entries are always fun to read and very interesting, but unsubstantiated.
  • Torrey, Clarence Almon. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Volumes 1 – 3. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011.   [Torrey is essentially a bibliography of any mention of the married couple in various older sources. Consult the sources noted for specifics. Use the most recent edition of Torrey available to benefit from modern additions, corrections and proper indexing.]

Journals and periodicals

Have you ever thought, I wish I could hire one of the country’s top experts to find that elusive ancestor for me?  Have you ever considered that you could possibly get such work for free?  Here’s how.  Do a thorough search of all the genealogy journals that cover the area in question.  You need to be sure that your important question has not already been researched by someone really competent, complete with reasoned arguments and footnotes. Even finding an article in a quality journal about the county or town you are researching can be a treasure-trove of sources and strategies.  I always read the footnotes first.

Most organizations do not give their journal away online.  You need to belong to that society, or subscribe to something that will offer access, or seek out a library with subscriptions.  Likewise, just finding an index to each journal is not a trivial problem.

Suggestion 1:  If you want to try ONE thing with the biggest chance for success, go to the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s website AmericanAncestors.org and use Search — Databases — Category: Journals & Periodicals.  You will need to establish a free guest user account; for some of these, you will need to be an NEHGS member, or find a library with a subscription.  This allows you to search the following journals, among others (in many cases, only issues more than five years old are included, and many do not go as far back as the earliest issues.)

  • The American Genealogist
  • Boston Evening Transcript Genealogy Pages, 1911-1940 [note: seems not to have a working index, but you can get to the page you want if you know the date]
  • Connecticut Nutmegger
  • Essex Antiquarian & The Essex Genealogist
  • The Maine Genealogist
  • The Mayflower Descendant
  • New England Historical and Genealogical Register
  • New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
  • Rhode Island Roots

Of those, of course, Rhode Island Roots is the most important for Rhode Island research, however, there are some outstanding genealogists producing articles for all the prestigious journals concerning Rhode Island topics.  For additional journal suggestions, see this article.

Quality journals.

Quality journals.

Suggestion 2: The second easy way to access some quality pre-1990 articles is to locate in a library the four volumes of articles published by the Genealogical Publishing Company, below.  Each set contains a thorough index.

  • Genealogies of Rhode Island Families From the New England Historic Genealogical Register, 2 vols. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1989. Specifically, see Gary Boyd Roberts’ brief bibliographies of 100 Rhode Island families, page xix – xxxiv.  Remember, that was current in 1989. This set, and the set below, are very thoroughly indexed at the back of volume 2.
  • Genealogies of Rhode Island Families From Rhode Island Periodicals, 2 vols. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1983.
The two sets of Genealogies of Rhode Island Familes.

The two sets of Genealogies of Rhode Island Familes.  Note there is a substantial index at the back of each.

Additional sources

  • A huge number of local history and genealogy journals are indexed through PERSI, a database available through your local library and/or FindMyPast.com  The indexing is not extensive; they are mostly indexed by general topic, but could be good if there was an article about your family or town. Once a citation is found, you will need to seek out the article itself.  I am not sure about the current status of PERSI; consult your local librarian for help.
  • Godfrey Memorial Library, comp. “American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI).” Database on-line. Ancestry.com. http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3599 Original data: Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library. [A compiled index to many of the holdings of the Godfrey Memorial Library (a genealogy library in Connecticut); an index of names. Also available at larger genealogy libraries in hard copy (over 200 volumes). Once a citation is found, Godfrey has a photocopy service where they will, for a fee, copy the particular item that was cited. Content includes the Genealogy Column of the Boston Transcript, which is likely to contain a reader query about an ancestor and, possibly, in a subsequent entry, an informed response from a genealogist.]
  • Narragansett Historical Register, 1-9, 1882-1891, published by James Newell Arnold.  Facsimile reprint published by Heritage Books. [See all original copies online here: https://onerhodeislandfamily.com/2012/05/28/the-narragansett-historical-register-free/ ]
  • Rhode Island Genealogical Register. Volumes 1 – 20, 1978-1996. Rhode Island Families Association (founded by Alden Beaman). [not available online. Contains vital record abstracts, articles, and brief genealogies. Volume 16 “Rhode Island Will Index” is a compiled index of will abstracts contained in volumes 1 – 15.]
  • Rhode Island History. Rhode Island Historical Society. [Search and access 1942-2010: Rhode Island History. http://www.rihs.org/publication_search.php ]
  • Check out family genealogical materials at the Newport Historical Society.
  • Index To Genealogical Periodicals, vol. I (1932) and vol. II (1948) , compiled by Donald Lines Jacobus.
  • Index to Early Records of the Town of Providence, by Richard leBaron Bowen (Oxford Press, 1949).  Mr. Bowen, a noted Rhode Island genealogist, realized the potential of the Early Records index to help descendants of early Providence families to trace their ancestors, even if they were otherwise poorly documented, so he added a list of families included in Austin’s Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island (listed above) on page 87-93, plus a brief bibliography of articles on Rhode Island families in the decades leading up to 1950, on pages 93-97.

My favorite 10 Rhode Island family genealogies

Of all the genealogies that actually have helped me, these are the ones I recommend most highly.  If I had different ancestors, the list would be different. These selections make it clear that helpful genealogies are not always online, and are not always found in book form.

  • ALDRICH The Aldrich Family Genealogy – Descendants of George Aldrich of Mendon, MA, a manuscript compiled by Ralph Ernest Aldrich (1902-1984) and his wife Pearl Lillian (Marquis) Aldrich. 18 volumes.
  • ANDREWS – Harriet Francis James had her untitled manuscript on the Kent/Washington County Andrews published as a newspaper column, later compiled in a three volume manuscript by Anthony Tarbox Briggs.
  • ARNOLD The Arnold Family of Smithfield, Rhode Island by Richard H. Benson.  Boston: Newbury Street Press, 2009.  For advice on finding this book and on the other Arnold lines in Rhode Island, see Meet the Arnolds.
  • BALLOU An Elaborate History and Genealogy of the Ballous in America by Adin Ballou. Providence: E.L. Freeman & Son, 1888.
  • BOWEN Richard Bowen (1594?-1675) of Rehoboth, Massachusetts and His Descendants by William B. Saxbe Jr. 3 volumes, Hope, Rhode Island: Rhode Island Genealogical Society, 2011-2015.  What I would say about this set is ALWAYS seek out the highest quality work in an area to see if it can help you. This one is exceptionally well done.  Another such example – Thomas Clemence of Providence, Rhode Island by Jane Fletcher Fiske and Roberta Stokes Smith.  Greenville, R.I.: Rhode Island Genealogical Society, 2007.
  • DARLINGDennis Darling of Braintree and Mendon, by William and Lou Martin, 2006. In addition to genealogical information on the Darlings, the book contains brief sections on the intermarried families of Cook, Southwick, Thayer, and Thompson.  There are about 5000 footnotes which will help you find specific records concerning your ancestors. This book can sometimes be accessed through FamilySearch.org – Search – Books.
  • LAMPHERE – a series of articles in New England Historical Genealogical Register:
    • Scott Andrew Bartley. “George Lanphear of Westerly, Rhode Island and his Descendants.”  New England Historic Genealogical Register 153 (April 1999): 131-140.
    • Scott Andrew Bartley. “George Lanphear of Westerly, Rhode Island and his Descendants, Part 2.”  New England Historic Genealogical Register 159 (October 2005): 333-340.
    • Scott Andrew Bartley. “George Lanphear of Westerly, Rhode Island and his Descendants, Part 3.”  New England Historic Genealogical Register 160 (January 2006): 47-59.
  • RICE – a series of articles in Rhode Island Roots:
    • Bamberg, Cherry Fletcher.  “Major Henry Rice of Warwick and His Family.”  Rhode Island Roots 24 (March/June 1998): 1 – 60.
    • Bamberg, Cherry Fletcher.  “John1 Rice of Warwick, Rhode Island.”  Rhode Island Roots 24 (September/December 1998): 153-168.
    • Bamberg, Cherry Fletcher.  “John2 Rice, Jr.,  of Warwick, Rhode Island.”  Rhode Island Roots 25 (September 1999): 81-118.
    • Bamberg, Cherry Fletcher.  “John2 Rice, Jr.,  of Warwick, Rhode Island.”  Rhode Island Roots 26 (September 2000): 57-84.
    • Bamberg, Cherry Fletcher.  “John2 Rice, Jr.,  of Warwick, Rhode Island (concluded).”  Rhode Island Roots 27 (March 2001): 1 – 26.
  • SMITH – Farnham, Charles William. “John Smith, The Miller, of Providence, Rhode Island – Some of His Descendants” in Genealogies of Rhode Island Families From Rhode Island Periodicals, volume II, p. 1 – 150.  Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1983 [originally appeared in the 1960’s as a series of articles in Rhode Island History, v. 20 – 24].  It’s not that this work is so superb, although maybe it is, it’s just that it’s so hard to work with the name Smith.
  • WILLIAMSDescendants of Roger Williams, Book 1 – Book 5.  The website of the Roger Williams Family Association allows you to peruse the first four generations of descent online.  After that, it’s necessary to consult the books.

Should you find a book that you would like to purchase, I usually try Higginson Books, Genealogical Publishing, and Heritage Books for reprints.  I also look on eBay.com (this valuable book has been waiting a while for a forever home) and Amazon.com, although lately I find older books on Amazon to be overpriced, sometimes ridiculously so (often a more thorough search online for the tiny publisher’s website brings up a much more attractive price than anything you will find on Amazon.com.)  In a pinch, my best advice for a local Rhode Island used bookstore is Allison B. Goodsell, Rare Books, also called the Kingston Hill Store.

In closing

Be sure to check out the post about sources of local town records since some of those offer genealogical information about specific families.

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A Providence Door-yard. From Sketches of Early American Architecture by O.R. Eggers, 1922.

A Providence Door-yard. From Sketches of Early American Architecture by O.R. Eggers, 1922.

Welcome to 8 Weeks to Better Rhode Island Genealogy Research Week 5 – Town Records, Histories and Newspapers.  This covers location-specific books, town records, and newspapers.

Town records

Town records, published histories, and local newspapers are where the stories of our ancestors may be hiding.  To know that our ancestors spent one or more generations in a town, and yet know very little about that town, or even worse, to assume we know enough without research, is to ignore our role as family story-finders.

10 things you can find in town records (often called “Council Minutes” or “Town Council Records”)

  • (early records) vital records (and even, in early Providence records, marriage banns since the church was not allowed to provide any services like that)
  • (early records) probate
  • (early records) notes on real estate, for instance, swapping tracts of land.  Later, such functions would be assigned to, say, a town clerk and be recorded separately.
  • During war-time, filling allotments of soldiers, or provisions for certain soldiers
  • liquor (tavern) permits
  • warnings out of new residents that the town had no obligation to support if they fell on hard times, and support for the poor including purchases of room and board, clothing, coffins, or medical services from named town residents
  • jury duty
  • road clearing teams, assigned by neighborhood
  • collection of “rates” or taxes, sometimes based on data about property owned
  • sending representatives to the state government

Always check Rhode Island Roots for various town records and lists transcribed there, and Rhode Island History, published by the Rhode Island Historical Society.  Check the card catalog and manuscript finding aids at the Rhode Island Historical Society.  A call to the town library with specific content-related questions (e.g., do you know of any local shipbuilding records?  Do you have any diaries or old documents from a certain neighborhood?) as well as a search for a local historical house or society is always worth doing. And lastly, the Narragansett Historical Register should be searched.

The major state histories usually describe the development of each early town and the subsequent spun-off towns.  These books contain some great illustrations, that might work well in your own family history book if they are no longer under copyright.

MANY original town record books are now included in the new Ancestry.com probate record set for Rhode Island, but it will not be obvious how to find them and they are not likely to be indexed.  For a guide and key to navigating those record sets, visit the post on probate records.

Town records and published histories, by town

  • Barrington 
    • Adams, Virginia H. Historic and Architectural Resources of Barrington, Rhode Island. Providence, R.I. (150 Benefit St., Providence 02903) : Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission, 1993.
    • Bicknell, Thomas Williams.
    • Erhardt, John G.
      • The History of Rehoboth, Seekonk, East Providence, Pawtucket & Barrington. Seekonk, Mass. : J. G Erhardt, n.d. (1982-1990?).
      • Rehoboth, Plymouth Colony, 1645-1692 : volume II: A History of Rehoboth, Seekonk, Swansey, Attleboro & No. Attleboro, Mass., East Providence, Barrington, & Pawtucket, R.I.  Seekonk, Mass. : J.G. Erhardt, 1983.
      • A History of Rehoboth, Seekonk, Mass. Pawtucket & East Providence, R.I.1692-1812. Volume III. Seekonk, Mass. : J.G. Erhardt, 1990.
    • Gizzarelli, Nicholas. The Revolutionary and Civil War Records. [Barrington, Rhode Island] : [Nicholas Gizzarelli], n.d.
There are at least five volumes in this set, by John G. Erhardt. This volume contained an 1888 newspaper extract about a barn fire at the home of my ggg-grandfather, William Murdock.

There are at least five volumes in this set about various East Bay towns, by John G. Erhardt. This volume contained an 1888 newspaper extract about a barn fire at the home of my ggg-grandfather, William Murdock.

  • Bristol
    • Cirillo, Susan E.  Bibliography of Materials Relating to the History of Bristol, Rhode Island.  [Kingston, R.I.], 1983.
    • Cirillo, Susan E. and John Pozzie Lombard.  Bristol: Three Hundred Years.  Providence: Franklin Graphics, 1980.
    • Howe, George Locke.  Mount Hope: A New England Chronicle.  New York, Viking Press, 1959.
    • Howe, M. A. DeWolf. Bristol, Rhode Island: A Town Biography.  Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1930.
    • Mathew, Linda L. Bristol, Rhode Island Town Council Records: 1760-1811.  Hope, R.I.; Rhode Island Genealogical Society, 2014.
    • Munro, Wilfred Harold.  The history of Bristol, R.I. : the story of the Mount Hope lands, from the visit of the Northmen to the present time.  Providence: J.A. & R.A. Reid, 1880.  See also his Tales of an Old Seaport, Princeton University Press, 1917.
    • Saunders, Dorothy C. Bristol, R.I.’s Early Settlers. Bowie, Md: Heritage Books, 1992.[thanks to Cherry Fletcher Bamberg’s 2006 article Comfort (Pearce) Coggeshall and her Children, The New England Historical Genealogical Register (2006), 160 : 85-98, 224-235, 297-310 ; footnote 2.]
    • Thompson, Charles O.F. Sketches of Old Bristol.  Providence: Roger Williams Press, 1942.
  • Burrillville
    • Keach, Horace A.  Burrillville; As It Was, and it is. Providence: Knowles, Anthony & Co, 1856.
    • Mehrtens, Patricia A.  One Hundred Years Ago in Burrillville: Selected Stories from Local Newspapers.  Bowie, Md: Heritage Books, 1992.
  • Central Falls
    • Haley, John Williams, Roscoe Morton Dexter, Mrs. Herbert Gould Beede. The Lower Blackstone River Valley; the Story of Pawtucket, Central Falls, Lincoln, and Cumberland, Rhode Island. Pawtucket, R.I.: E.L. Freeman Co., 1937.
  • Charlestown
    • The Charlestown Bicentennial Book Committee. Reflections of Charlestown, Rhode Island 1876-1976. Westerly, R.I.: The Utter Company, 1976. 
    • Crandall, Earl P.
      • Five Families of Charlestown, Rhode Island : Bliven, Crandall, Macomber, Money, Taylor.  Catskill, N.Y.: E.P. Crandall, 1993.
      • Charlestown in the Mid 19th Century, As Seen through the Eyes of “Uncle Phineas” (Nelson Byron Vars). 1992.
    • Fish, Joseph.  Old Light on Separate Ways: the Narragansett Diary of Joseph Fish, 1765-1776. Hanover, N.H., University Press of New England, 1982.
    • Mandeville, Frances W. The Historical Story of Charlestown, Rhode Island. Charlestown, R.I.: Charlestown Historical Society, 1979.
    • Tucker, William Franklin.  Historical Sketch of the Town of Charlestown in Rhode Island : from 1636 to 1876.  Westerly, R.I. : G.B. & J.H. Utter, steam printers, 1877.
    • See also Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society periodicals: Hinterlander and Proceedings.
  • Coventry
    • Harpin, Mathias Peter and William Koji. Prophets in the Wilderness: A History of Coventry, Rhode Island.  Oneco, Conn.: Harpin’s Connecticut Almanac, 1974.
    • Hey, Catherine. “Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records: Early Coventry Records.” Rhode Island Roots. Special Bonus Issue 2010 (April 2010).
    • Levesque, George A.  Coventry: The Colonial Years 1741-1783.  [Typescript, Master’s Thesis, Brown University], 1969.
    • Warnings out from Coventry Town Council Minutes transcr. by Linda L. Mathew.  Rhode Island Roots 29:1 (Mar 2003) p. 9-30.
    • See also Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society periodicals: Hinterlander and Proceedings.
  • Cranston
    • Brayton, Gladys W and William M. Carpenter.  Other Ways and Other Days.  E. Providence: Globe Printing, 1975.
    • Clauson, J. Earl. Cranston: A Historical Sketch. Providence: T.S. Hammond, 1904.
    • See also Cranston Historical Society Newsletter
  • Cumberland
    • Balfour, David W and Joyce Hindle Koutsogiane. Cumberland by the Blackstone: 250 Years of Heritage. Virginia Beach: The Donning Company: 1997.
    • Ray, Judith Jenckes. Founders and Patriots of the Town of Cumberland, Rhode Island.  Baltimore : Gateway Press, 1990. 
    • Simpson, Robert. North Cumberland: A History.[Chelsea, Vt.] : [Acorn Press], [1975].
    • Sprague, Abigail A. (Field). “Abigail Sprague’s History of Cumberland.” Mss. 1023. The Rhode Island Historical Society Research Center, Providence, Rhode Island.
This map of 1820 East Greenwich is provided as evidence that King Street, leading down to the bay, was the main thoroughfare of East Greenwich, not Main Street, where my ancestor had a house. That goes a long way to explain how my ancestor could afford such a classy address - maybe it wasn't - from The History of East Greenwich by McPartland, p. 51.

This map of 1820 East Greenwich is provided as evidence that King Street, leading down to the bay, was the main thoroughfare of East Greenwich, not Main Street, where my ancestor had a house. That goes a long way to explain how my ancestor could afford such a classy address in 1800 — maybe it wasn’t. Partial snapshot from The History of East Greenwich by McPartland, p. 51.

  • East Greenwich
    • Adamson, Thaire H. and Marion Fry.  A History of East Greenwich Rhode Island : as published in The East Greenwich Packet.  East Greenwich, R.I. : East Greenwich Preservation Society, 1996.
    • Bamberg, Cherry F. Elder John Gorton and the Six Principle Baptist Church of East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Greenville, R.I: Rhode Island Genealogical Society, 2001.
    • Bamberg, Cherry Fletcher. “Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records: East Greenwich Town Council Records, 1734-1774.” Rhode Island Roots. Special Bonus Issue 2008 (April 2008).
    • Bamberg, Cherry Fletcher. “Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records: East Greenwich Town Council Records, 1775-1800.” Rhode Island Roots. Special Bonus Issue 2009 (April 2009).
    • Eldridge, James H. and Daniel H Greene.  History of East Greenwich.  A series of articles published in the East Greenwich Weekly Pendulum, June 8 – Nov. 17, 1860.
    • Greene, D.H.  History of the Town of East Greenwich and adjacent Territory, from 1677 to 1877.  Providence: J.A. and R.A. Reid, 1877.
    • MacGunnigle, Bruce C. Strolling in Historic East Greenwich. Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.
    • McPartland, Martha R. The History of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, 1677-1960: with related genealogy. East Greenwich, R.I.: East Greenwich Free Library Association, 1960.
    • Miller, William Davis.  Notes and Queries concerning the Early Bounds and Divisions of the Township of East Greenwich: as set forth in William Hall’s plat.  Providence: E.L. Freeman Co., [1937].
    • Potter, Elisha R. Memoir Concerning the French Settlements and French Settlers in the Colony of Rhode Island. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1968.
  • East Providence
  • Exeter
    • Simister, Florence P. A Short History of Exeter, Rhode Island. Exeter, R.I.: Exeter Bicentennial Commission, 1978.
  • Foster
    • Early Historical Accounts of Foster, Rhode Island. Glenview, Ill.: Moshassuck Press, 1993. Contains Charles C. Beaman’s “Sketches of Foster” and Casey B. Tyler’s “Historical Reminiscences of Foster.” Indexed by Kenneth W. Faig.
    • Ferraro, William Michael.  “Lives of quiet desperation : Community and polity in New England over four centuries : the cases of Portsmouth and Foster, Rhode Island.”  Dissertation:  Ph. D., Brown University 1991.
    • Matthews, Margery I.
      •  “First Tax List for Foster RI After Division from Scituate RI”  transc. by Margery I. Matthews.  Rhode Island Roots 12:2 (Jun 1986) p. 29-32.
      • [look for short works issued by the Foster Preservation Society in the 1980’s – 1990’s including “Tax Records 1781, 1787, 1798” and “Peleg’s Last Word: The Story of the Foster Woolen Manufactory.”]. 
    • Murray, Thomas Hamilton. “Sketch of an Early Irish Settlement in Rhode Island.”  American-Irish Historical Society, Journal, 2 (1899), 152-157.
  • Glocester
    • Fiske, Jane Fletcher, transcriber. Glocester 1778 Tax List: “A List of the Polls and Estates Real and Personal of the Proprietors and Inhabitants of the Town of Glocester in the State of Rhode Island.” Rhode Island Roots, volumes 19 (1993) through 20 (1994).
    • Perry, Elizabeth A. A Brief History of the Town of Glocester, Rhode Island. Providence: Providence Press Co, 1886.
    • Glocester, the way up country : a history, guide and directory compiled by The Heritage Division, Glocester Bicentennial Commission. Glocester, R.I. : Town of Glocester, 1976.
  • Hopkinton
    • Griswold, S.S. Historical sketch of the town of Hopkinton : from 1757 to 1876, comprising a period of one hundred and nineteen years. Hope Valley, R.I. : L.W.A. Cole, Job printer, 1877.
    • History of the town of Hopkinton, Rhode Island, 1757-1976 : historical facts compiled by Hopkinton Bicentennial Commission. Publication Committee.  Westerly, 1976.
    • “The Patriots of Hopkinton, Rhode Island, 1776.”  Narragansett Historical Register, 4:2 (1885).  Transcribed on USGenWeb thanks to Susan Irish Nahas.
    • See also Hopkinton Historical Association Hopkinton Notes  
  • Jamestown
    • Watson, Walter L. History of Jamestown on Conanicut Island in the State of Rhode Island. Providence, 1949.
    • [note – the Jamestown Historical Society has some manuscripts of unique sources such as newspaper indices.]
  • Johnston
    • McGowan, Louis and Virginia Brunelle. Johnston, Rhode Island ; 1759 to 2009 : 250th Anniversary. Johnston Historical Society. Johnston Historical Society : Printed by the Louis Press, 2009.
    • “A Valuation of the Rateable Property of the Town of Johnston.”  Rhode Island Roots 11:2 (Jun 1985) p. 35-37.
    • [note that some early Johnston town records are held at the Providence City Archives.]
  • Lincoln
  • Little Compton
    • Lisle, Janet Taylor. First light: Sakonnet, 1660-1820 : the history of Little Compton. Little Compton, R.I. : Little Compton Historical Society, 2010.
    • The stories houses tell : a collection of Little Compton house histories.  Little Compton, RI : Little Compton Historical Society, 2015.
    • Wilbour, Benjamin Franklin.
      • Little Compton families. Little Compton, R.I., Little Compton Historical Society, 1967.
      • and Carlton C Brownell. Notes on Little Compton : from records collected by Benjamin Franklin Wilbour. Little Compton, R.I. : Little Compton Historical Society, 1970.
  • Middletown
  • Narragansett

    • Arnold, James N. The Records of the Proprietors of the Narragansett: Otherwise Called the Fones Record ; Rhode Island Colonial Gleanings. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1990.
    • Carpenter, Esther Bernon. South County Studies. Boston: D.B. Updike, 1924.
    • Hazard, Caroline (these books refer to the generic Narragansett area, not the town)
    • Views of Narragansett Pier. Tibbetts & Preston, 1884.
    • Updike, Wilkins.  History of the Episcopal Church in Narragansett, Rhode Island. New York, Henry M. Onderdonk, 1847.   [note: includes genealogical material].
  • New Shoreham (Block Island)
  • Newport (this is just a sampling – there are hundreds of books and articles available on Newport’s history)

    • Capron, John F.  III. “Genealogical Clues from Newport, R.I. Customs District Records.”  Rhode Island Roots 38:1 (Mar 2012) p. 33-54.
    • Coughtry, Jay, and Daniel Lewis. Papers of the American Slave Trade: Series B. Bethesda, MD: University Publications of America, 2002 (a large microfilm collection of Newport Historical Society holdings).
    • Crane, Elaine F.
      • Ebb Tide in New England: Women, Seaports, and Social Change, 1630-1800. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1998.
      • A Dependent People: Newport, Rhode Island, in the Revolutionary Era. New York: Fordham University Press, 1985.
    • Fiske, Jane Fletcher. Gleanings from Newport Court Files 1659-1783. Boxford, Massachusetts: 1998.
    • Hubbard, Samuel.  Samuel Hubbard’s journal, circa 1633-1686 : manuscripts relating to Samuel Hubbard of Newport, Rhode Island / transcribed by the Rhode Island Historical Records Survey Project, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Work Projects Administration, from a copy in the possession of William L. Burdick.  Providence, R.I. : The Project, [1940]
    • Jefferys, C P. B, and C P. B. Jefferys. Newport: A Short History. Newport, R.I: The Society, 1992.
    • Merchant, Gloria.  Pirates of colonial Newport.    Charleston, SC : The History Press, 2014
    • Peterson, Edward. History of Rhode Island. New-York: J.S. Taylor, 1853.  [note: according to Bartlett’s 1864 Bibliography of Rhode Island, this volume “abounds in errors, and is of no historical value.”]
    • Robinson, William Henry. The proceedings of the Free African Union Society and the African Benevolent Society : Newport, Rhode Island, 1780-1824.  Providence, R.I. : Urban League of Rhode Island, 1976
    • Simpson, Richard V. Historic Tales of Colonial Rhode Island: Aquidneck Island and the Founding of the Ocean State. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2012.
    • Stensrud, Rockwell. Newport: A Lively Experiment 1639-1969. Newport, RI: Redwood Library and Athenaeum, 2006.
    • Troost-Cramer, Kathleen. True Tales of Life & Death at Fort Adams. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2013.
    • Youngken, Richard C.  African Americans in Newport : an introduction to the heritage of African Americans in Newport, Rhode Island, 1700-1945 [Providence, R.I.] : The Newport Historical Society, 1998.
They just don't make book titles like they used to. Wickford is a town in North Kingstown.

They just don’t make book titles like they used to. Wickford is a village in North Kingstown.

  • North Kingstown
    • Conley, Patrick Thomas.  North Kingstown: An Historical Sketch. Providence: Rhode Island Bicentennial Commission, 1976.
    • 1798 Direct Tax records for North Kingstown, Providence, Richmond, Smithfield and Warwick [R.I. Historical Society manuscript 232, subgroup 4]
    • Griswold, Frances I. S. Old Wickford: The Venice of America. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Young Churchman, 1900.
    • Loxton, George R.  Davisville, Rhode Island: A History of the Textile Mill Village of Davisville, North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Since the Arrival of Joshua Davis in 1694. Baltimore: Gateway Press, 2001.
    • Notes on Quidnesset“, from the Narragansett Historical Register.
    • Woodward, Carl R. Plantation in Yankeeland: The Story of Cocumscussoc, Mirror of Colonial Rhode Island. Chester, Conn: Pequot Press, 1971.
  • North Providence
  • North Smithfield
    • Nebiker, Walter E. The History of North Smithfield. North Smithfield Bicentennial Commission, 1976.
  • Pawtucket (see also Central Falls)

    • Boucher, Susan Marie.  The History of Pawtucket, 1635-1976.  Pawtucket Public Library, 1976.
    • Goodrich, Massena. Historical Sketch of the Town of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Originally Pawtucket, R.I., 1876, reprinted Heritage Books, 2012.
  • Portsmouth
    • Brigham, Clarence S. The Early Records of the Town of Portsmouth. Providence, R. I., E. L. Freeman & Sons, state printers, 1901.
    • Ferraro, William Michael.  “Lives of quiet desperation : Community and polity in New England over four centuries : the cases of Portsmouth and Foster, Rhode Island.”  Dissertation:  Ph. D., Brown University, 1991.
    • Garman, James E.
      • Historic Houses of Portsmouth, Rhode Island.  Portsmouth: Garman, 1976.
      • A History of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, 1638-1978. Newport: Franklin Printing, 1978.  [note: thanks to Grundset’s Rhode Island in the American Revolution: A Source Guide for Genealogists and Historians, p. 153.]
    • Pierce, John T.  Historical Tracts of the Town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island.  1991.
    • Taft, Donald R. Two Portuguese communities in New England.   Dissertation: PhD., Columbia University, 1923.
    • West, Edward Homer.  History of Portsmouth, 1638-1936. Providence, R.I. : J. Green, 1936.
    • [note – the Portsmouth Free Public Library has an excellent local history collection, and hosts books from the Rhode Island Genealogical Society collection]
  • Providence (this is just a sampling – there are hundreds of books and articles available on Providence’s history)

    • 1798 Direct Tax records for North Kingstown, Providence, Richmond, Smithfield and Warwick [R.I. Historical Society manuscript 232, subgroup 4]
    • Bamberg, Cherry Fletcher. 1776 Census of Providence, Rhode Island. New England Historic Genealogical Register, 159 (Jan 2005): 12-24 and (April 2005) 141-154.
    • Brown University.  Historical Catalog of Brown University, 1764-1914.  Providence: Brown University, 1914.
    • Cady, John Hutchins. The Civic and Architectural Development of Providence 1636-1950. Providence: The Book Shop, 1957. [note: reviews the growth and development of the various neighborhoods.]
    • Hopkins, Charles Wyman. Home Lots of the Early Settlers of the Providence Plantations. 1886, reprinted Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co, 2007.
    • Kimball, Gertrude S. Providence in Colonial Times. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1912.
    • Lemons, J. Stanley. Baptists in Early North America: Volume II, First Baptist Church in Providence. Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2013.
    • Mathew, Linda L.
      • “Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records: Providence Town Council Records, 1770-1788.” Rhode Island Roots. Special Bonus Issue 2006 (April 2006).
      • “Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records: Providence Town Council Records, 1789-1801.” Rhode Island Roots. Special Bonus Issue 2007 (April 2007).
      • “Manumissions in Providence, 1784-1800.”  Rhode Island Roots 32:4 (Dec 2006) p. 193-196.
    • The Providence House Directory and Family Address Book, various issues, 1895-1935. Providence: Sampson & Murdock Co.  Image copy. Providence City Archives. https://www.providenceri.com/archives/providence-house-directory-0    : 2015. [note: see a few other directories at https://onerhodeislandfamily.com/providence-city-directories/ ]
    • Rogers, Horatio, George Moulton Carpenter and Edward Field. The Early Records of the Town of Providence, v. 1 – 21. Providence: Snow & Farnham, 1895. [note: contains many personal references.]
    • Staples, William R. Annals of the Town of Providence, from its first settlement to the Organization of the City Government, in June, 1832 (Providence, 1843).
    • Taylor, Maureen Alice. Rhode Island passenger lists : Port of Providence, 1798-1808; 1820-1872, Port of Bristol and Warren, 1820-1871 : compiled from United States Custom House papers. Genealogical Publ. Co., 1995
    • Woodward, Wm. McKenzie and Edward F. Sanderson. Providence: A Citywide Survey of Historic Resources. Providence: Rhode Island Historic Preservation Commission, 1980.
  • Richmond
    • 1798 Direct Tax records for North Kingstown, Providence, Richmond, Smithfield and Warwick [R.I. Historical Society manuscript 232, subgroup 4]
    • Irish, James R. Historical Sketch of the Town of Richmond, from 1747 to 1876: Comprising a Period of One Hundred and Twenty-Nine Years. Hope Valley, R.I: L.W.A. Cole, Job printer, 1877.
    • Town of Richmond Tax Book for 1855, 1872, 1883 [on USGenWeb thanks to Susan Pieroth and Kathleen Beilstein.]
  • Scituate
    • Crane, Mary Knight.  “30 Revolutionary Pensioners, Scituate, R.I.”  National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 14 (June 1925), 29.  [thanks to Grundset’s Rhode Island in the American Revolution: A Source Guide for Genealogists and Historians, p. 170.]
    • Grandchamp, Robert. “With Their Usual Ardor”: Scituate, Rhode Island and the American Revolution. Westminster, Maryland: Heritage Press, 2006.
    • Mathew, Linda L.
      • “Guardianships from the Town of Scituate, R.I. 1762-1799.”  Rhode Island Roots 30:4 (Dec 2004) p. 206-228.
      • “Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records: Scituate Town Council Records, 1731-1786.” Rhode Island Roots. Special Bonus Issue 2011 (April 2011).
    • Walker, Cyrus and later editors. The History of Scituate, R.I., from the Acquisition of the Territory in 1659 to the Close of the Nineteenth Century. Scituate Bicentennial Committee, 1976.  See also:
  • Smithfield
    • 1798 Direct Tax records for North Kingstown, Providence, Richmond, Smithfield and Warwick [R.I. Historical Society manuscript 232, subgroup 4]
    • [Fiske, Jane Fletcher, transcriber?] Smithfield 1778 Tax List: “A List of the Polls and Estates Real and Personal of the Proprietors and Inhabitants of the Town of Smithfield in the State of Rhode Island.” Rhode Island Roots, volumes 21 (1995) through 23 (1997).
    • Sanborn, Melinde Lutz. “Smithfield, Rhode Island Death Records Culled from Probates.” New England Historic Genealogical Register 146 (October 1992): 343-351.
    • Steere, Thomas. History of the Town of Smithfield from its Organization, in 1730-1, to its Division, in 1871. Providence: E.L. Freeman, 1881.
    • [note that some early Smithfield town records are held at the Central Falls City Hall.]
  • South Kingstown (see also Narragansett)

    • Bossy, Kathleen, and Mary Keane. Lost South Kingstown: With a History of Ten of Its Early Villages. Kingston, R.I: Pettaquamscutt Historical Society, 2004.
    • Comstock, Charles. A History of South-Kingstown: With Description of the Hornet’s Nest Company, and the Cats Let Out of the Bag, 1806.
    • Hazard, Thomas B.  Nailer Tom’s Diary: otherwise, the journal of Thomas B. Hazard of Kingstown, Rhode Island, 1778-1840. Caroline Hazard, ed.  Boston: Merrymount Press, 1930.
    • McBurney, Christian M. A History of Kingston, R.I., 1700-1900: Heart of Rural South County. Kingston, R.I: Pettaquamscutt Historical Society, 2004.
    • Miller, William D, and Joseph Torrey. Dr. Joseph Torrey and His Record Book of Marriages. Salem, Mass: Higginson Book Co, 1997.
    • Perkins, P. J. Shipwrecks, sinkings and strandings for Narragansett and South Kingstown, 1880 thru 1940. 1993.
    • “South Kingstown 1757 Tax List.”  Rhode Island Roots 13:2 (Jun 1987) p. 37-40.  Continued in 13:3 (Sep 1987) 63-67.
    • South Kingstown, Rhode Island Town Council. Town Council Records, 1771-1795 / transcribed by Jean C. Stutz. Kingstown, R.I. : Pettaquamscutt Historical Society, 1988.
    • Stedman, Daniel. Daniel Stedman’s journal, 1826-1859 / transcribed and introduced by Henry Clay Oatley ; edited by Cherry Fletcher Bamberg.  Greenville, R.I. : Rhode Island Genealogical Society, 2003.
    • Stedman, Oliver H.  A Stroll Through Memory Lane with Oliver H. Stedman: Stories of South County’s Past. Kingston Press, 1978.
    • Watson, Judith Green.  South Kingstown, Rhode Island Tax Lists, 1730-1799.  Rockland, Maine: Picton Press, 2007.
    • [see also works published by the Pettaquamscutt Historical Society, newly renamed the South County History Center.]
South Kingston, Rhode Island Tax Lists, 1730-1799. Photo by Diane Boumenot.

South Kingston, Rhode Island Tax Lists, 1730-1799. Photo by Diane Boumenot.

  • Tiverton
    • Burroughs, Peleg. Peleg Burroughs’s journal, 1778-1798 : the Tiverton, R. I. years of the humbly bold Baptist minister. Warwick, RI : Rhode Island Genealogical Society, 1981.
    • Durfee, Grace Stafford. Rhode Island tercentenary 1636 1936 historical edition of Tiverton Rhode Island.  1936.  (mostly covers historic buildings).
    • Fowler, Orin. An Historical Sketch of Fall River from 1620 to the Present Time: With Notices of Freetown and Tiverton : in Three Discourses Delivered January 24, 1841. Fall River. Mass.: B. Earl, 1841.
    • Simpson, Richard V. Tiverton & Little Compton, Rhode Island: Historic Tales of the Outer Plantations, 2012.
  • Warren
You can always join the Rhode Island Genealogical Society and let the experts transcribe and index those town records for you. One volume per year!

You can always join the Rhode Island Genealogical Society and let the experts transcribe and index those town council records for you. One volume per year!

  • Warwick
    • 1798 Direct Tax records for North Kingstown, Providence, Richmond, Smithfield and Warwick [R.I. Historical Society manuscript 232, subgroup 4]
    • Bamberg, Cherry Fletcher.
      • “Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records: Warwick Town Council Records, 1742-1780.” Rhode Island Roots. Special Bonus Issue 2012 (April 2012).
      • “Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records: Warwick Town Council Records, 1781-1801.” Rhode Island Roots. Special Bonus Issue 2013 (April 2013).
      • “Residency Certificates from the Warwick Archives.”  Rhode Island Roots 31:1 (Mar 2005) p. 32-39.
    • Chapin, Howard M.
      • “Early house lots in the east part of the town of Warwick.” Rhode Island Historical Society Collections, 12 (1919), 129-136.
      • The early records of the town of Warwick. Providence, R. I,. E. A. Johnson company, 1926.
    • Curtis, Harold R.  “Warwick Proprietors’ Divisions.”  Rhode Island Historical Society Collections, 30 (1927), 33-51.
    • Fuller, Oliver P. The history of Warwick, Rhode Island, from its settlement in 1642 to the present time; including accounts of the early settlement and development of its several villages; sketches of the origin and progress of the different churches … Providence, Angell, Burlingame & co., printers, 1875.
    • Lockwood, Ernest Lapham. Episodes In Warwick History. Warwick, R.I. : City of Warwick historical committee of the Rhode Island tercentenary celebration, 1937.
    • Tillinghast, Samuel. The diary of Capt. Samuel Tillinghast of Warwick, Rhode Island : 1757-1766, transcribed and edited by Cherry Fletcher Bamberg.  Greenville, R.I. : Rhode Island Genealogical Society, 2000.
    • Warwick. More early records of the town of Warwick, Rhode Island : “The book with clasps” and “General records” transcribed by Marshall Morgan; edited by Cherry Fletcher Bamberg and Jane Fletcher Fiske.  Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001.
    • Woodward, Carl Raymond.  “Rural economy 200 years ago: as revealed in the account books of Benoni Waterman of Warwick, 1733-1740.”  Rhode Island History, 4 (1945), 97-106; 5 (1946), 119-128.
  • West Greenwich
    • Baker, Roberta. Bits and pieces of West Greenwich memoranda, 1976.
    • Hey, Catherine. “Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records: West Greenwich Town Council Records, 1741-1772.” Rhode Island Roots. Special Bonus Issue 2015 (April 2015).
    • Huling, Ray Greene.  “Early owners of land in West Greenwich, R.I.”  Narragansett Historical Register, 3 (1884-1885), 1-5.
    • Historical Records Survey. Rhode Island.  Inventory of the town and city archives of Rhode Island: No. 2, Kent County: vol. 4, West Greenwich. 
    • West Greenwich (Town), R.I. “Town Records, 1741-1869.” Manuscript MSS 222, Rhode Island Historical Society.  (note: this item comes from Grundset’s Rhode Island in the American Revolution: A Source Guide for Genealogists and Historians, p. 123).
    • See also Western Rhode Island Civic Historical Society periodicals: Hinterlander and Proceedings.
  • West Warwick – see Warwick for earlier works
  • Westerly
    •  Anderson, Robert Charles. “The Colonial Records of the Town of Westerly, Rhode Island” Rhode Island Roots 7:3 (Sep 1981) p. 25-27.  [contains an explanation of the contents and numbering of each re-bound early record book in the Town Hall]. 
    • Best, Mary Agnes. The Town that Saved a State, Westerly.  Westerly: 1943.
    • Denison, Frederic. Westerly and its witnesses : for two hundred and fifty years, 1626-1876 : including Charlestown, Hopkinton, and Richmond until their separate organization, with the principal points of their subsequent history. Providence : J.A. & R.A. Reid, 1878.  See also
      • Larkin, Jessie N. C, and Frederic Denison. Index for Rev. Frederic Denison’s Westerly (r.i.) and Its Witnesses. New York: publisher not identified, 1933.
    • Dowding, George R. Military History of Westerly: 1710-1932. Westerly, R.I: Blackburn & Benson, printers, 1932.
    • O’Connell, Thomas A. Fair Westerly. Westerly, RI: Westerly Historical Society, 2014.
    • Shea, Robert F. Aspects of the History of Westerly During the Civil War , 1957.[thesis: University of Rhode Island].
    • Utter, George B. Old “westerle,” Rhode Island: Now Constituting the Towns of Charlestown, Hopkinton, Richmond and Westerly. Rhode Island’s Jubilee Year, 1636-1936. Westerly, R.I.: The Utter Company, printers, 1936.
    • “The Patriots of Westerly, R. I., 1776.” The American Monthly Magazine,  The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Washington D. C., (Feb. 1906), 124 – 126. Transcribed on USGenWeb by Susan Irish Nahas.
    • [check out worldcat.org for many shorter works published by the Westerly Historical Society.]
  • Woonsocket
    • Bonier, Marie L, Claire Quintal, and Raymond H. Bacon. The Beginnings of the Franco-American Colony in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Worcester, Mass: Assumption College, Institut français, 1997.
    • Daniels, Alanson S.  Statistics of the village of Woonsocket : comprising the names of the heads of families, arranged in alphabetical order, the number of inhabitants in each section of the village, with other useful and interesting matter, 1842 … Woonsocket, 1842.
    • Fortin, Marcel P. Woonsocket, Rhode Island: A Centennial History, 1888-1988. Woonsocket, R.I: Woonsocket Centennial Committee, 1988.
    • Newman, S C. A Numbering of the Inhabitants: Together with Statistical and Other Information, Relative to Woonsocket, R.I. Woonsocket: Printed by S.S. Foss, 1846.
    • Richardson, Erastus.
    • Thomas, Alton P. Old Woonsocket: Erastus & Doc. Providence: Mowbray Co., 1973.
    • [see also books published by American-French Genealogical Society]

Omitted from the above lists:  Architectural and archaeological surveys, church histories, and books about single families.  The Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission has issued Preliminary Survey Reports on the archaeology and historic sites of most or all Rhode Island towns.  Always check out local historical societies.  Some local libraries in Rhode Island also have local history collections.  This post on Rhode Island church records will show you the specific church-related vital records that were compiled by James Arnold.  And RIAMCO helps you find manuscript materials in Rhode Island repositories.

My favorite two bibliographies of Rhode Island historical materials are:

  • Grundset, Eric G.  Rhode Island in the American Revolution: A Source Guide for Genealogists and Historians. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 2014.  There was so much additional material in there that I did not find in my other searches. I noted three entries in the list above that I found only in that book, but there are hundreds of others; I urge everyone to consult it.
  • James, Sydney V.  Colonial Rhode Island: A History. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1975.   See “Bibliography”, p. 385-411.  I thank Maureen Taylor for recommending this book to me; it is so valuable for Rhode Island researchers.
Columbian Phenix, Providence, Saturday, December 1, 1810. I purchased this on eBay recently. What surprised me about holding the paper in my hand was how thick the paper was - just like book paper.

Columbian Phenix, Providence, Saturday, December 1, 1810. I purchased this on eBay recently. What surprised me about holding the newspaper in my hand was how thick the paper was – just like book paper.

Newspapers

5 things to know about historic Rhode Island newspapers:

  • In my experience GenealogyBank.com offers the best selection of Rhode Island newspapers.  That’s where I have found 95% of the newspaper items in my genealogy files.
  • If you are looking for free newspaper offerings, look no further than The Ancestor Hunt‘s Rhode Island page.  Explore the website and blog, it’s filled with helpful tips.
  • The Providence Journal, Rhode Island’s premier newspaper, does not have historical issues online or indexed (just the last few decades).  Hoping we see some progress on that soon.
  • The Rhode Island Historical Society holds the largest collection of Rhode Island newspapers on microfilm, and there were many newspapers over the years.  There is little in the way of indexing, however, so you need to know the approximate date you need.  Note that the state is small and the capital was ever-shifting, so Providence and Newport papers were likely to carry stories from any part of Rhode Island.
  • The Providence Public Library has a Rhode Island Index with listings of major stories from 1900-2004.   Only my rich and famous family connections are in there (so that’s not many!)
  • A 1965 list of newspapers held in the various Rhode Island libraries is here.  The newspapers themelves would be accessed by going to the library and viewing the microfilm.

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A card from the Rhode island index, Providence Public Library.

A card from the Rhode Island index, Providence Public Library.  Photo by Diane Boumenot.

Property records and the maps that help us understand our ancestor’s location contain some very helpful clues.  Even for ancestors whose background we know, maps and deeds can fill in fascinating parts of the story.

Maps

So let me just say right off, even after years in genealogy, I still tend to look at maps too late in the process of research.  Maps should be almost the first thing we turn to.  Was the village close to the state line, meaning our ancestors’ records may be recorded in another state?  Have we checked all neighboring towns for records?  Looking at our ancestor’s street on an old map, is it clear which nearby town would have been easiest to walk to, and possibly find a wife in?  What was the nearest church?  What nearby waterways provided easy transportation or employment?

More and more old maps are coming online.  Even if they are for sale, they are often viewable online.  Although not listed below, Ancestry.com has also added some of these same maps in the Maps, Atlases and Gazetteers section.

This 1795 Harris map shows the northeast corner of the state where my ancestors lived. I find that by matching landmarks in the old maps (for instance, Abbots Run along the east border) with information in my ancestors' deeds, I can often come close to knowing the location of their property.

This 1795 Harris map shows the northeast corner of the state where my ancestors lived. I find that by matching landmarks in the old maps (for instance, Abbots Run along the east border) with information in my ancestors’ deeds, I can often come close to knowing the location of their property.

My top 8 online map finds

I was underwhelmed with the selection of digital maps available online, the same few over and over, and lots of state maps showing the names of the towns.  I wish more specific content was available for each city and town.  Here are the major collections and some of my favorites.

The Georefrencer screen for plate 38 of the 1875 Providence atlas on David Rumsey Maps. It show my ggg-grandfather's rented home adjacent to Silver Lake basin, a former body of water that is now a large parking lot with a flea market building. The old map and the new Google map matched together instantly when I pressed the button. Fascinating to see the streets/features that are still the same and the ones that have changed.

The Georeferencer screen for plate 38 of the 1875 Providence atlas on David Rumsey Maps. It show my ggg-grandfather’s rented home adjacent to Silver Lake Basin, a former body of water that is now a large parking lot with a flea market building (white streets are the current streets). The old map and the new Google map matched together instantly when I pressed the button. Fascinating to see the streets/features that are still the same and the ones that have changed.

Paper maps

Obviously, there are historical maps in paper collections that could be very helpful.  The Rhode Island Historical Society has a wide collection.

To buy wall maps, Rhode Island’s own Map Center located on North Main Street, Providence, will sell you reasonably priced maps.  Many time over the years, I have purchased CD’s and a few paper maps from the Rhode Island collection at Old Maps including the 1831 & 1855 maps on CD, and the 1870 Atlas on CD.  This lets me keep them permanently on my computer, and open them to whatever size I want.

Place names

A guide to Providence County place names is here, mostly pulled from 1600’s records.  I will add more sources as I find them.

Deeds and land records

Deeds treat us to a glimpse of our ancestor’s financial and home life.  Was it a big farm? Did they have a mortgage?  Did they keep the land their parents had, or strike out on their own?  Did they lose their property at some point, and why?  And most of all, where was this homestead?  Does knowing the “abutters” or neighbors clarify a genealogical detail for us?  Did your ancestor buy an extremely expensive house in 1798 which he could never, possibly have afforded, lose it in 1800, and then lived the rest of his life in poverty and you cannot figure out how that happened and it keeps you up at night? (but I digress. On with the deeds).

In Rhode Island, deeds are kept in the town that the transaction occurred in.  As new towns split over time, deeds tended to remain in the original town, although there are exceptions to that so always check the town website to see what deeds they hold.

VERY few deeds are online at this point, as you will see, below.  So it’s important to get out to the town halls or rent the microfilm from the Family History Library.  They have most pre-1900 deeds on film which you can rent, and read at your local Family History Center.  Most likely you will have to rent the index volume microfilm first, and the volumes you need, later after you use the index.  To find those deeds go to http://www.familysearch.org, use the Search —  Catalog menu item and then “Search by” place, pulling up the exact town, which will look something like this: “United States, Rhode Island, Kent, Coventry.”  Familysearch files all deed records under the term “Land and property.”

Microfilm for Smithfield, Rhode Island

Finding microfilm listings for Smithfield, Rhode Island, prior to ordering them.

Online deeds

It may not be widely known that slowly, some Rhode Island towns are moving their deeds online and in a few cases, that includes historical deeds.  Check this site for the town you are interested in, although you may also need to consult the town/city web page to find out which years are in that system.

I am finding no deeds on Ancestry.com, however, a few deeds drifted into the “probate” category – look over at the Week 3 post on Probate, and follow instructions there to pull up the record set.

A few towns have a few deeds on FamilySearch.org:

Russell and Lydia's signatures on the sale

Lydia Lamphere signed a deed of sale (with her mark) because she was required to give up her right of dower in the property that she and her husband sold.

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I would like to revisit the East Greenwich and North Kingstown records mentioned here and make my own analysis of the early deeds.

East Greenwich deed index, town hall.

Great news!  Ancestry.com has recently posted over 800 record sets related to Rhode Island probate.  They are listed at the bottom of this post.  There is so much more there than I thought; see the top of the list for instructions about finding each record set. 

Wills and probate

Wills and probate records can tell us about relationships in our ancestor’s lives that no other document can reveal. Cemetery markers, even if read and recorded long ago, can often be the only physical artifact left behind to tell us about a life.

Probate won’t reliably provide us with helpful lines such as “I give the land received from my honored father, Marmaduke Shipley, to …” But they reveal so much else. Often naming all surviving children, who may have the very grandparents’ names we are seeking. Or showing us the choice of Administrator or Guardians of minor children; were those significant people known to us? Evidence of economic status can help us in building a case for a certain father as opposed to another by the same name.  And don’t get me started on the probate records of childless adults – they were often required to name every relative.

More than anything, it’s funny how the documents of the dead can bring them to life. Two aprons left to a daughter. An iron kettle. A chiming clock. A cow and calf. Or, in the case of my New England ancestors, 3 barrels of hard cider in the cellar. Add to that proximity in the cemetery to extended family members, or to the original family farm, and these are very important records for genealogists.

Asa Aldrich's 1818 will as recorded in Cumberland, R.I. probate.

Asa Aldrich’s 1818 will as recorded in Cumberland, R.I. probate.

All probate records were kept by the town, although be careful about shifting town identities.  A huge set of these records is now available online through a paid account on Ancestry.com (see bottom of this post). Otherwise, to see the probate records you need, a visit to the town hall may be necessary. Each town hall usually has staff devoted to probate records, to take care of the current probate business, and they can help you find the old records.

In some cases, microfilm copies may be necessary if the files you need are not online or if you cannot get to a town hall. The Rhode Island Historical Society has a few town probate records (try the card catalog before leaving home), also the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston. Microfilm for most towns can be rented and viewed at the local FamilySearch Center.

There are some index/abstracts published in a few places.

  • Volume 16 (Rhode Island Will Book) of The Rhode Island Genealogical Register by Alden Beaman and Nellie M. C. Beaman (Princeton, Mass: periodical volumes 1 – 20 published 1978-1998). Out of print and protected by copyright (so, not online), the books are available in most local library collections that cover genealogy. Volume 16 is an index of town probate abstracts covered in volumes 1 – 15 of the periodical. A few other probate abstracts also appear in later volumes. The abstracts themselves are not perfect but this is certainly a useful guide for locating the probate records mentioned. But of course the set of abstracts is very far from complete for the state.
  • An index of Providence probate records is in the book Index to the Probate records of the Municipal court of the city of Providence, Rhode Island from 1646 To and Including the Year 1899 by Edward Field, Providence: 1902.  This data is also available online through NEHGS membership at their website, americanancestors.org, and its available on Ancestry.com.

Quick tip:  Since probate usually was processed over a period of time, there is often more than one entry in the town probate books. Check for additional records. Also, different parts of probate may have been saved separately – for instance, wills, inventories or guardianship papers may have their own volumes.

Family Search.org has a miscellaneous collection of Rhode Island probate records.  To find them, go to SEARCH –> CATALOG, and use Place = “United States, Rhode Island,” subject = “Probate,” Search these Family History Centers = “Online.”   Then drill down to the exact location using the “PART OF UNITED STATE, RHODE ISLAND, PROVIDENCE” link to go to Providence County, the use “Places within …” to find the town of your choice.  Clicking around will bring up any of the counties, and from there, the towns.

Quick tip:  Don’t assume that because there is a probate record for your ancestor, the death must have been recorded in the town records.  Sometimes, probate is the only record of a death. And sometimes, a death was recorded but there were no probate activities.

Of course there are many other records associated with more recent deaths – I notice Ancestry.com has a growing collection of Funeral Home records.  Obituaries will be covered later, with newspapers.

Ballou Cemetery, Cumberland.

Ballou Cemetery, Cumberland.

Cemeteries

Rhode Island has many, many tiny old cemeteries.  Early on, with no central church to manage burials, families tended to use a spot on their own property for a private cemetery.  Later, more formal, locally managed cemeteries were created, and sometime, older burials were moved to newer cemeteries, so don’t let the date of establishment of a cemetery fool you.  As land use changed and towns expanded, conditions were not ideal for protection and care of these small cemeteries, so those seeking out these graves today sometimes have difficult conditions to grapple with.

Over the years, and today, there were many dedicated individuals recording and caring for small cemeteries.  Sometimes, those early recordings have become the only record of markers now fallen and buried.

  • The Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission is my first stop for research.  A significant portion of the excellent work done over the last century and a half has been combined into their records.  If a picture is available, that will be indicated.
The same William Hardman who died in 1870. R.I. Historical Cemetery Database is telling me that he is buried in PV005 - Grace Church Cemetery.

William Hardman died in 1870. R.I. Historical Cemetery Database is telling me that he is buried in PV005 – Grace Church Cemetery.

  • Since many old Episcopal Church records are available at the archives of the University of Rhode Island Library, I already knew (see a blog post on my visit to the archives) that William Hardman was at Grace Church Cemetery – I was able to use the card index there and see the map of his plot.
  • The Rhode Island Genealogical Society has published several thorough books on local cemeteries.  See a complete list, and some EXCELLENT ADVICE FROM AN EXPERT, here.
  • Find A Grave is another site worth searching, and would be a good place to record your own discoveries and pictures.

Rhode Island probate records on Ancestry.com

Widow Margaret Hardman served as administrator of her husband William's estate in 1870. I like how the bottom navigation bar shows me which record set I'm on. The actual will was signed with a shaky hand on August 12, 1870, the day of Williams death.

Widow Margaret Hardman served as administrator of her husband William’s estate in 1870. I like how the bottom navigation bar shows me which file I’m on. The actual will was signed with a shaky hand on August 12, 1870, the day of William’s death.

You could search the set by name (see Randy Seaver’s recent post about indexing and other problems with the Massachusetts set). But if you want to access specific books to check for yourself, Ancestry makes it cumbersome but it is possible. All record sets are filed alphabetically BY COUNTY – but Rhode Island probate is kept by town.  The titles never include the name of the town, so, I have gone through each county and sorted the titles into the proper town. I doubt my list of over 800 record sets is perfect, and the titles themselves may have issues, but the list is below.  I built it for myself because I can’t think of any other way to access these records.

Rhode Island, Wills and Probate Records, 1582-1932. Choose the county then look for the exact title.

Rhode Island, Wills and Probate Records, 1582-1932. Choose the county then look for the exact title.

First, find the titles you are interested in, below. Then go to Rhode Island, Wills and Probate Records, 1582-1932. Find on the screen the “Browse this collection” link in the side column.  Choose a county.  Then all record books for the county will appear in the drop down menu (Providence county takes a while to come up – be patient).  Knowing, from the list below, the exact title you might want, you just look for that title and select it. Be careful because some of the titles are VERY similar.  Good luck!

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BRISTOL COUNTY [All titles below will be found in a single list for Bristol County – this list helps you find the title you want.]

Barrington

  • Deed Records, Vol 13, 1882-1890; Vol 14, 1890-1891
  • Probate Records, Docket 1-7, 1874-1923
  • Town Council and Probate Records, Vol 1-4, 1830-1869
  • Town Council Records, Vol 1-4, 1770-1891

Bristol

  • Administration and Testamentary Letters, 1810-1871
  • Administrator Accounts, Vol 11-12, 1899-1920; Letters of Administrator, Vol 7-8, 1901-1917
  • Administrators Accounts, 1811-1852
  • Administrators Accounts, 1852-1870
  • Administrators Accounts, 1870-1877
  • Deeds, Wills, Inventories, Administrations, Grand Deeds and Grand Articles, 1680-1808
  • Estate Deeds, Vol 5, 1909-1917; Warrants, Vol 1, 1896-1916; Admin Account, Vol 11, 1892-1899; Etc
  • Inventories, Vol 1-4, 1811-1867
  • Letters of Administration, Vol 5, 1870-1906
  • Original Land Records, 1690-1703, 1886
  • Probate and Town Records, Vol 2-3, 1760-1825
  • Probate and Town Records, Vol 4, 1825-1838
  • Probate Bonds, 1817-1890 Probate Bonds, 1858-1885
  • Probate Index, Abatantuono, Ann-McCabe, Ann M,
  • Probate Index, Dixon, Ezra-Morris, Harriet P
  • Probate Index, McCabe, Ann M-Zukowski, William Joseph
  • Probate Index, Morris, Harriet P-Zych, John
  • Probate Records, Vol 6-8, 1855-1877 Wills, Inventories, 1746-1793
  • Wills, Inventories, 1746-1845
  • Wills, Inventories, 1845-1881

Warren

  • Accounts, 1832-1876; Commissioners Reports of Claims, 1843-1913
  • Accounts, Vol 11, 1878-1891; Vol 12, 1891-1912; Vol 13, 1912-1947
  • Bonds and Letters Testamentary, 1811-1836
  • Bonds, 1875-1892; Vol 3, 1892-1905; Vol 4, 1906-1917
  • Index to Vol 2-3 of Probate Proceedings, 1808-1851; Probate Proceedings, Vol 2, 1808-1839
  • Letters of Guardianship, 1840-1900; Letters and Bonds to Return Inventory, 1823-1839
  • Probate Index, Vol A-H, 1746-1859 Probate Index, Vol H-Z, 1746-1859
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 7-8, 1868-1879
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 9, 1825-1833; Probate Proceedings, 1819-1828, 1833-1839
  • Probate Records, Vol 12, 1892-1906; Vol 13, 1897-1904; Vol 14, 1904-1909; Vol 15, 1909-1914
  • Probate Records, Vol 14, 1903-1908; Vol 15, 1908-1911; Vol 16, 1911-1914; Vol 17, 1914-1916
  • Probate Records, Vol 17, 1916-1918
  • Wills and Inventories, Vol 1-2, 1746-1808 Wills and Inventories, Vol 3-4, 1806-1893
  • Wills, Vol 9, 1880-1890; Vol 10, 1902-1918

KENT COUNTY [All titles below will be found in a single list for Kent County – this list helps you find the title you want.]

Coventry

  • Probate Records, 1764-1824
  • Probate records, 1825-1841
  • Probate Records, 1841-1871
  • Probate Records, 1856-1932
  • Probate Records, 1869-1878
  • Probate records, v.10, 1878-1883
  • Probate Records, Vol 11-13, 1883-1906
  • Probate Records, Vol 14-15, 1906-1922
  • Probate Records, Vol 4-5, 1784-1819
  • Probate Records, Vol 6-7, 1819-1850
  • Probate Records, Vol 8, 1847-1875
  • Probate Records, Vol 9, 1875-1891

East Greenwich

  • Probate Files, 1-87, Adams-Brayton, Early to 1885
  • Probate Files, 88-178, Briggs-Congdon, Early to 1885
  • Probate Files, 179-243, Congdon-Freeborn, Early to 1885
  • Probate Files, 244-320, Freeborn-Hawkins, Early to 1885
  • Probate Files, 320-394, Hawkins-Kelly, Early to 1885
  • Probate Files, 394-447, Kelly-Mawney, Early to 1885
  • Probate Files, 447-524, Mawney-Pitcher, Early to 1885
  • Probate Files, 525-611, Pitcher-Spencer, Early to 1885
  • Probate Files, 612-695, Spencer-Wells, Early to 1885
  • Probate Files, 695-725, Wells-Wood, Early to 1885
  • Probate Index, Abar-Tortolani, 1872-2002
  • Probate Index, Tortolani-Zubee, 1872-2002
  • Town Council Records, 1865-1873

Warwick

  • Guardianship, 1896-1923 Testamentary, 1856-1891 Testamentary, 1891-1909 Testamentary, 1909-1931
  • Miscellaneous, 1839-1856; Administration, 1856-1932; Guardianship, 1856-1896
  • Probate Bonds, Vol 1, 1873-1889; Vol 2, 1885-1897; Vol 3, 1897-1905
  • Probate Bonds, Vol 4, 1895-1903; Vol 5, 1903-1908; Vol 6, 1908-1915
  • Probate Bonds, Vol 7, 1915-1921
  • Probate Docket Books, 1839-1925
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 13, 1907-1912; Vol 14, 1912-1918, 1947, 1955; Vol 15, 1918-1924, 1953
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 16, 1924-1938; Vol 17, 1925-1928; Vol 18, 1925-1934
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 19, 1918-1928; Vol 20, 1928-1930; Vol 21, 1928-1931
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 21, 1929-1931; Vol 22, 1929-1930; Vol 23, 1930-1931
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 8, 1876-1880; Vol 9, 1880-1881; Vol 10, 1882-1894
  • Town Council Records 1853-1877
  • Town Council Records Vol 1, 1742-1770
  • Town Council Records, Vol 3, 1804-1822
  • Town Council Records, Vol 7, 1870-1879
  • Wills and Probate Proceedings, 1804-1820
  • Wills and Probate Proceedings, 1820-1839
  • Wills and Probate Proceedings, 1839-1861
  • Wills and Probate Proceedings, 1861-1869
  • Wills and Probate Proceedings, 1869-1876
  • Wills, Vol 1, 1703-1745
  • Wills, Vol 2-4, 1745-1797
  • Wills, Vol 5-6, 1797-1816
  • Wills, Vol 7-8, 1816-1831
  • Wills, Vol 9-10, 1831-1847
  • Wills, Vol 11-12, 1845-1859
  • Wills, Vol 13-14, 1859-1868
  • Wills, Vol 15-16, 1868-1879
  • Wills, Vol 17-19, 1879-1898
  • Wills, Vol 20-22, 1898-1909
  • Wills, Vol 23-24, 1909-1917, 1953

West Greenwich

  • Wills, vol 6-10, 1822-1890

West Warwick

  • Docket 1913-1923; wills 1913-1919; bonds 1913-1919; letters of administration 1913-1923
  • Testamentary Letters, 1914-1923; Guardianship Letters, 1913-1923; Probate Proceedings, 1913-1924

NEWPORT COUNTY [All titles below will be found in a single list for Newport County – this list helps you find the title you want.]

Jamestown

  • Index to Land Evidence Records, Vol 1-14, 1680-1903
  • Probate Files, Carr, Isaac-Larkin, Eliz B
  • Probate Records, Vol 6-9, 1887-1915
  • Town Council and Probate Records and Index, Vol 2-4, 1767- 1874
  • Town Records, 1744-1796; Town Council Records, 1746-1766; Index

Little Compton

  • Town Council and Probate Records, Vol 1-2, 1746-1781
  • Town Council and Probate Records, Vol 8, 1832-1841; Probate Records, Vol 9-10, 1841-1854
    Vols. 14-15 (1900-1915)

Middletown

  • Books, Vol 12, 1894-1902; Vol 13, 1902-1908; Vol 14, 1908-1910
  • Cemetery Records; Wills, Early-1800; Wills, 1745-1894; Deaths and Marriages
  • Court Records, 1751-1785, 1813-1833
  • Docket 1, 1896-1936
  • Town Council Records, Vol 3-5, 1793-1838
  • Town Council Records, Vol 6-8, 1838-1879

Newport

  • General Probate Index, Vol A-B, 1779-1973
  • General Probate Index, Vol C-H, 1779-1973
  • General Probate Index, Vol I-R, 1779-1973
  • General Probate Index, Vol S-Z, 1779-1973
  • Index to Town Council Records
  • Index to Wills
  • Land Evidence Records, Vol 48-49, 1878-1880
  • Miscellaneous Records, 1701-1776
  • Probate Index, Aaron, Harry Solomon-Brown, Sophia Augusta
  • Probate Index, Abate, Salvatore A-Richmond, Henry I
  • Probate Index, Brown, Sophia Augusta-Crosby, Sarah C
  • Probate Index, Crosby, Sarah C-Francis, Hariet H
  • Probate Index, Francis, Harriet H-Hobbs, Caroline M
  • Probate Index, Hobbs, Caroline M-Limmer, Edward F
  • Probate Index, Limmer, Edward F-Mullaney, Johanna
  • Probate Index, Mullaney, Johanna-Ray, John Lewis
  • Probate Index, Ray, John Lewis-Sousa, Telma Garcia
  • Probate Index, Richmond, Henry I-Yetman, Walter Minor
  • Probate Index, Sousa, Telma Garcia-Virgadamo, Lucia G
  • Probate Index, Virgadamo, Lucia G-Zuill, Elizabeth W
  • Probate Records, Vol 10-11, 1834-1838
  • Probate Records, Vol 11, 1854-1876; Town Council Records, Vol 3, 1841-1880
  • Probate Records, Vol 12-13, 1838-1844
  • Probate Records, Vol 1-3, 1779-1802
  • Probate Records, Vol 19, 1858-1859
  • Probate Records, Vol 20-21, 1859-1863
  • Probate Records, Vol 22, 1862-1865
  • Probate Records, Vol 23-24, 1864-1867
  • Probate Records, Vol 28-29, 1872-1875
  • Probate records, vol 30, 1877
  • Probate Records, Vol 31-33, 1877-1880
  • Probate Records, Vol 41-43, 1887-1890
  • Probate Records, Vol 4-5, 1802-1819
  • Probate Records, Vol 48-50, 1894-1896
  • Probate Records, Vol 52-55, 1898-1900
  • Probate records, vol 55-57, 1900-1902
  • Probate Records, Vol 60-62, 1904-1906
  • Probate Records, Vol 62-64, 1906-1908
  • Probate Records, Vol 71-73, 1913-1915
  • Probate Records, Vol 8-9, 1818-1834
  • Town Council Records, Vol 12-16, 1756-1771
  • Town Council Records, Vol 1-3, 1702-1719
  • Town Council Records, Vol 17-18, 1702-1776
  • Town Council Records, Vol 4-7, 1714-1735
  • Town Council Records, Vol 8-11, 1735-1755

Portsmouth

  • Council and Probate Records, Vol 6-9, 1764-1822
  • Probate Bonds, 1829-1926
  • Probate Bonds, 1869-1926
  • Probate Index Cards, A-Z, 1700-1996
  • Probate Records, Vol 2-5, 1834-1868
  • Probate Records, Vol 6, 1845-1880
  • Town Council Records, Vol 10, 1822-1862
  • Town Council Records, Vol 13-15, 1893-1930

Tiverton

  • Appointment Book of Administrators, Borden, Benajah-End, 1830-1844; Vol 11-14, 1832-1876
  • Land Records, Vol 27, 1877-1879
  • Probate and Town Council Records, Vol 2 and 4, 1747-1792
  • Probate Index, 1700-1902
  • Probate Records, Vol 13-14a, 1848-1866
  • Probate Records, Vol 14, 1866-1876
  • Probate Records, Vol 14-15, 1844-1850
  • Probate Records, Vol 15, 1876-1883
  • Probate Records, Vol 16, 1884-1890; Vol 17, 1890-1896; Vol 18, 1896-1902
  • Probate records, vol 2 and 4, 1747-1792; town council probate, 1776-1789; vol 5-6, 1792-1814
  • Town Council Records, Vol 1-4, 1776-1903
  • Town Council Records, Vol 5-6, 1903-1929
  • Town Meetings and Probate Records, 1776-1789; Town Meetings, 1804-1889

MISC:

  • A Book of Records For the Proprietors of the Lands Containing the Names of the First Proprietors
    Durfee and Stafford Genealogy and Allied Lines from 1600

PROVIDENCE COUNTY  [All titles below will be found in a single list for Providence County – this list helps you find the title you want.]

Burrillville

  • Administration Letters, Vol 1, 1907-1916; Warrants, Vol 1, 1896-1906; Bonds, Vol 1-2, 1873-1916
  • Letters of Guardianship, Administration, Testamentary, 1862-1917; Probate Bonds, 1873-1898
  • Probate Docket, Vol 1-2, 1900-1956; Wills, Vol 6, 1891-1916; Admin Letters, Vol 1, 1862-1907
  • Probate Journals Vol 1-3, 1806-1883
  • Probate Journals, Vol 4-6, 1883-1918; Probate Docket, Vol 1, 1896-1900
  • Probate Records, Vol 3-4, 1842-1871
  • Probate Records, Vol 5, 1871-1891
  • Town Meeting Records, 1806-1881

Cranston

  • Bonds to Probate Court, Vol 1, 1873-1892; Probate Index
  • Estate Files, 1064-1404
  • Estate Files, 1-372
  • Estate Files, 1405-1685
  • Estate Files, 1686-2074
  • Estate Files, 2075-2656
  • Estate Files, 2657-3090
  • Estate Files, 3096-3421
  • Estate Files, 3422-3687
  • Estate Files, 374-645
  • Estate Files, 648-1064
  • Inventories, 19, 1890-1899; 21, 1898-1905; 29, 1906-1911; 35, 1910-1913
  • Inventories, Reports, Accounts, Vol 16, 1873-1888; Wills, Vol 17, 1875-1894
  • Inventory, Accounts, Etc, Vol 10, 1849-1862; Admin and Guardianship Letters, Vol 11, 1849-1869
  • Letters of Administrator and Guardianship, Vol 14, 1867- 1892; Vol 15, 1873- 1887
  • Letters, 20, 1899-1919; Testamentary, 22, 1892-1915; Misc Bonds, 23-24, 1892-1914; 2, 1888-1896
  • Probate Bonds, 2 and 27, 1893-1923; Probate Bonds, 31 and 33, 1904-1919; Will, 25, 1892-1895
  • Probate Index, Aaronian, Evelyn H-Burton, Joseph
  • Probate Index, Burton, Joseph-Deluca, Giovanni
  • Probate Index, Deluca, Giovanni-Gill, William C
  • Probate Index, Gill, William C-Karnegie, Benjamin
  • Probate Index, Karnegie, Benjamin-McCann, Irene
  • Probate Index, McCann, Irene-Peterson, Annie
  • Probate Index, Peterson, Annie-Shaw, Harriet
  • Probate Index, Shaw, Harriet-Walton, Thomas
  • Probate Index, Walton, Thomas-Zwoden, Arden; Hildebrant, Katharine M; Hulton, Chester
  • Probate Records, Vol 12, 1861-1873; Inventories, Reports, Accounts, Vol 13, 1863-1874
  • Probate Records, Vol 1-4,1798-1832
  • Probate Records, Vol 5-7, 1832-1849
  • Probate Records, Vol 8, 1849-1861; Wills, Vol 9, 1849-1875
  • Records of Will, 25, 1895-1908; Records of Will, 32, 1908-1916
  • Town Council Records, 1754-1793
  • Town Council Records, 1854-1865
  • Town Council Records, 1865-1877

Cumberland

  • Letters, 1895-1925; Wills, 1905-1919; Probate Docket Book, Vol 1-2, 1896-1924
  • Miscellaneous Bonds, 1874-1923
  • Probate Records, Vol 21-23, 1856-1866
  • Probate Records, Vol 24-25, 1866-1877
  • Probate Records, Vol 26-27, 1877-1885
  • Probate Records, Vol 28-30, 1885-1891
  • Probate Records, Vol 31-34, 1894-1916
  • Probate Records, Vol 6-10, 1784-1815

East Providence

  • Assignment of Wages, Vol 1-2, 1885-1939; Inventories, Vol 3-4, 1889-1906
  • Deed Records, Vol 1, 1862-1879; Vol 2, 1879-1896
  • Letters, Vol 2-4, 1882-1923; Vol 1-2, 1862-1935; Vol 3-4, 1896-1916; Wage Assignment, Vol 1, 1885
  • Probate Bonds, Vol 3-5, 1894-1941; Probate Warrants, Vol 1-2, 1899-1917
  • Probate Court Bonds, 1873-1885
  • Probate Court Journal; Letters of Guardianship, 1862-1892
  • Probate Docket, Vol 1-3, 1896-1920; Probate Journal, Vol 3-4, 1892-1901
  • Probate Index, Abajian, Charles-Cooke, Charlotte, 1862-1998
  • Probate Index, Cooke, Charlotte-Harrington, Francis 1862-1998
  • Probate Index, Harrington, Francis-McGuigan, Matthew, 1862-1998
  • Probate Index, McGuigan, Matthew-Rose, Adelaide G, 1862-1998
  • Probate Index, Rose, Adelaide G-Zwolinski, Florence 1862-1998
  • Probate Journal, Vol 4, 1901-1904; Vol 5, 1904-1910; Vol 6, 1910-1915; Vol 7, 1915-1919
  • Probate Wills, Vol 2-3, 1894-1917; Probate Bonds, Vol 2-3, 1885-1897
  • Wills and Letters Testamentary, 1862-1894

Foster

  • Deeds, Vol 17-19, 1893-1900
  • Foster Historical Cemeteries
  • Probate Records, Vol 10, 1864-1873
  • Probate Records, Vol 1-2, 1781-1814
  • Probate Records, Vol 12-14,1888-1915
  • Probate Records, Vol 3-4, 1814-1826
  • Probate Records, Vol 5-6, 1826-1836
  • Probate Records, Vol 7-9, 1836-1864

Gloucester

  • Town Council Records, 1731-1892

Johnston

  • Executor, Administrations, Guardianship Records, 1826-1898
  • Letters of Administration, Wills, Inventories, Etc, 1840-1882
  • Probate Records, Minute Books, Inventories, and Commissioners Reports, 1871-1898
  • Town Council Meeting Records, 1772-1817
  • Wills, Inventories, Etc, 1759-1817
  • Wills, Inventories, Etc, 1798-1852
  • Wills, Inventories, Etc, 1821-1870
  • Wills, Inventories, Etc, 1882-1898
  • Wills, Inventories, Letters of Administration, Etc, 1871-1889

Lincoln

  • Probate docket and index, 1895-1915; Wills and index, 1895-1915; Inventories, 1895-1915
  • Probate Mtgs, Vol 1, 1895-1915; Admin Bonds, Vol 2 and 4, 1895-1915; Testamentary, Vol 3, 1895-1915
  • Probate Records, Vol 18-21, 1890-1896
  • Probate Records, Vol 25-27, 1902-1904, 1904-1907, 1907-1909
  • Probate Records, Vol 28-30, 1909-1912, 1912-1913, 1914-1917

North Providence see Pawtucket

North Smithfield

  • Deed Index and Records, Vol 11, 1894-1901; Vol 12, 1894-1901; Vol 13, 1896-1900; Vol 15, 1897-1900
  • Probate Index, Greene, Marion Da-Zygmunt, Joseph

Pawtucket or North Providence  (these records are for one or the other; it was hard to distinguish)

  • Administrators Bonds, 1873-1889
  • Appraisers Warrants and Record of Accounts, 1873-1890
  • Council and Probate Records, Vol 1-4, 1799-1855
  • Council and Probate Records, Vol A-C, 1765-1828
  • Council Records, Vol 9-11, 1855-1874
  • Executors Bonds to Return Inventory, 1873- 1907
  • Guardianship Bonds, 1873-1905
  • Husbands, Guardians, Administrators, Other Probate Bonds, 1873-1905
  • Index to Probate Records, 1765-1874; Index to Council Records, 1765-1874
  • Letters Testamentary, 1873-1883; Probate Bonds, 1872-1874
  • Probate Docket, Vol 1, 1-2176, 1896; Vol 2, 3617-4737, 1898-1906; Vol 3, 4738-5713, 1906-1912
  • Probate Docket, Vol 12, 1895-1896; Vol 13, 1896-1897; Vol 14, 1897-1899
  • Probate Docket, Vol 15, 1896-1903; Vol 16, 1899-1905
  • Probate Docket, Vol 17, 1899-1900; Vol 18, 1900-1901; Vol 19, 1902-1903
  • Probate Docket, Vol 22, 1905-1906; Vol 23, 1906-1906; Vol 24, 1906-1908
  • Probate Docket, Vol 29, 1910; Vol 30, 1910-1911; Vol 31, 1911; Vol 32, 1912
  • Probate Docket, Vol 33, 1912-1913; Vol 34, 1913; Vol 35, 1913-1914; Vol 36, 1914
  • Probate Docket, Vol 37, 1914-1915; Vol 38, 1915; Vol 39, 1915-1916
  • Probate Docket, Vol 4, 1877-1880; Vol 5, 1880-1883
  • Probate Docket, Vol 4, 5714-6791, 1912-1926
  • Probate Docket, Vol 9, 1889-1891; Vol 10, 1891-1893; Vol 11, 1893-1895
  • Probate Files, 1, 5-85
  • Probate Files, 1079-1185,
  • Probate Files, 1185-1230,
  • Probate Files, 1230-1256,
  • Probate Files, 1256-1365,
  • Probate Files, 1365-1471,
  • Probate Files, 144 (2)-198,
  • Probate Files, 1471-1570,
  • Probate Files, 1570-1655,
  • Probate Files, 1655-1733,
  • Probate Files, 1733-1811,
  • Probate Files, 1811-1887
  • Probate Files, 1887-1973
  • Probate Files, 1973-2070
  • Probate Files, 198-281,
  • Probate Files, 2071-2147
  • Probate Files, 2148-2207
  • Probate Files, 2208
  • Probate Files, 281-371,
  • Probate Files, 371-457,
  • Probate Files, 458-544,
  • Probate Files, 544-639
  • Probate Files, 640-725
  • Probate Files, 726-858
  • Probate Files, 85-144 (1)
  • Probate Files, 858-973
  • Probate Files, 973-1079
  • Probate Records Index, A-Camoes, Mary
  • Probate Records Index, Camp-Fitzsimons, Wam
  • Probate Records Index, Fl-Gizelsky, A
  • Probate Records Index, Li-Pakuris, Nicholas
  • Probate Records Index, Pal-Tavernier, Kevin
  • Probate Records Index, Tay-Z
  • Probate Records, 1862-1877
  • Probate Records, Vol 11-12, 1865-1871
  • Probate Records, Vol 13-14, 1870-1874
  • Probate Records, Vol 9-10, 1855-1865
  • Record of Wills, Vol 1-2, 1870-1897
  • Record of Wills, Vol A31, 1897-1902

Providence

  • Administration Accounts, 10, 1843-1848; 11, 1849-1851; 12, 1851-1854
  • Administration Accounts, 14, 1856-1858; 13, 1854-1856; 15, 1858-1860
  • Administration Accounts, 16, 1860-1862; 17, 1862-1864; 18, 1864-1866
  • Administration Accounts, 19, 1866-1868; 20, 1868-1869; 21, 1869-1872
  • Administration Accounts, 22, 1872-1874; 23, 1874-1876; 24, 1876-1878
  • Administration Accounts, 26, 1880-1882; 25, 1878-1880; 27, 1882-1884
  • Administration Accounts, 28, 1884-1890; 29, 1891-1895; 30, 1896-1899
  • Administration Accounts, 4, 1832-1835; 5, 1835-1837; 6, 1837-1839
  • Administration Accounts, 7, 1839-1841; 8, 1841-1843; 9, 1842-1846
  • Administrators Records, 1898-1899
  • Commissioners Probate Reports, Vol 1-3, 1820-1878; Miscellaneous Commissioner Reports, 1898-1899
  • Index to Probate Records, 1646-1899 [copy of a printed book]
  • Indexes to Wills, Vol O, 1872-1886; Vol 1, 1886-1897; Vol 2, 1901-1906; Vol 3, 1905-1914
  • Indian deeds, 1659-1662
  • Letters of Administration and Guardianship, 1804-1840
  • Letters of Guardianship, 1840-1864
  • Letters of Guardianship, 1864-1889
  • Letters of Guardianship, 1889-1898
  • Miscellaneous Bonds, Vol 10-12, 1872-1897
  • Miscellaneous Bonds, Vol 13-15, 1873-1898
  • Miscellaneous Bonds, Vol 1-5, 1873-1898
  • Miscellaneous Bonds, Vol 16-19, 1873-1899
  • Miscellaneous Bonds, Vol 20-22, 1873-1893
  • Miscellaneous Bonds, Vol 23-26, 1873-1899
  • Miscellaneous Bonds, Vol 28-30, 1890-1899
  • Miscellaneous Bonds, Vol 31-38, 1893-1899
  • Miscellaneous Bonds, Vol 39-41, 1896-1899
  • Miscellaneous Bonds, Vol 6-9, 1872-1897
  • Miscellaneous Files, A4802, 1823-1888
  • Miscellaneous Guardians, 1898-1899
  • Probate Docket Books, Vol 35-37, 12001-14450, 1909-1912
  • Probate Dockets of Estates, Vol 15-18, 12426-15149, 1879-1886
  • Probate Dockets of Estates, Vol 19-21, a15150-A17754, 1886-1891
  • Probate Dockets of Estates, Vol 22, a17755-A18992, 1703-1883; Vol 23-24, 1-2000, 1891-1894
  • Probate Dockets of Estates, Vol 25-27, 2001-5000, 1894-1899
  • Probate Dockets of Estates, Vol 28-30, 5001-8000, 1899-1903
  • Probate Dockets of Estates, Vol 31-33, 8001-11000, 1903-1907
  • Probate Dockets of Estates, Vol 34, 11001-12000 1907-1909
  • Probate Dockets of Estates, Vol 37-39, 14450-17000, 1912-1915
  • Probate Dockets of Estates, Vol 40-42, 17001-18500, 1915-1916
  • Probate Dockets of Estates, Vol 43-44, 18501-19500, 1917-1918; Vol 45, 19501-2000, 1918-1919
  • Probate Dockets of Estates, Vol 46-48, 20001-21500, 1919-1920
  • Probate Dockets of Estates, Vol 49, 21501-22000, 1920-1921
  • Probate Dockets, Vol 10-12, 9103-11078
  • Probate Dockets, Vol 1-3, 1-4596
  • Probate Dockets, Vol 13-14, 11079-12425
  • Probate Dockets, Vol 4-6, 4597-6902
  • Probate Dockets, Vol 7-9, 6903-9102
  • Probate Files, A1-A484, 1646-1885
  • Probate Files, A485-A881, 1646-1885
  • Probate Files, A882-A1200, 1769-1785, 1898
  • Probate files, A1040, A1403, A1416, 1779-1788; A1455-A1583, 1794-1797
  • Probate Files, A1201-A1454, 1785-1794
  • Probate Files, A1584-A1630, 1797-1799
  • Probate Files, A1680-A1730, 1799
  • Probate Files, A1680-A1730, 1799-1800
  • Probate Files, A1888-A1981, 1800-1812Probate Files, A1982-A2058, 1897-1899
  • Probate Files, A2058-A2132
  • Probate Files, A2133-A2330, 1826-1850
  • Probate Files, A2330-A2440, 1850-1855
  • Probate Files, A2441-A2541, 1854-1861
  • Probate Files, A2542-A2663, 1861-1876
  • Probate Files, A2664-A2788, 1867-1874
  • Probate files, A2789-A2912, 1874-1877
  • Probate Files, A2913-A3046, 1880-1885
  • Probate Files, A3047-A3182, 1885-1890
  • Probate Files, A3183-A3350, 1890-1894
  • Probate Files, A3351-A3544, 1894-1888
  • Probate files, A3545-A3691, 1888-1804
  • Probate files, A3692-A3850, 1804-1808
  • Probate Files, A3851-A3971, 1809-1886
  • Probate Files, A3972-A4102, 1809-1810
  • Probate Files, A4103-A4200, 1814
  • Probate files, A4201-A4309, 1815-1816
  • Probate Files, A4310-A4411, 1816-1817
  • Probate Files, A4412-A4498, 1818
  • Probate Files, A4499-A4593, 1819-1823
  • Probate Files, A4594-A4717, 1820-1822
  • Probate Files, A4718-A4804, 1822-1826
  • Probate Files, A4805-A4889, 1826 4833
  • Probate Files, A4890-A4969, 1827-1828
  • Probate Files, A4969-A5047, 1826-1827
  • Probate Files, A5048-A5144, 1827-1828
  • Probate Files, A5145-A5229, 1828-1829
  • Probate Files, A5230-A5319, 1829-1831
  • Probate Files, A5320-A5385, 1831-1832
  • Probate Files, A5386-A5448, 1832
  • Probate Files, A5449-A5498, 1832-1835
  • Probate Files, A5499-A5551, 1835-1836
  • Probate Files, A5552-A5606, 1834-1836
  • Probate Files, A5606-A5660, 1836-1839
  • Probate Files, A5660-A5719, 1836-1839
  • Probate Files, A5720-A5776, 1836-1841
  • Probate Files, A5776-A5824, 1839-1841
  • Probate Files, A5824-A5872, 1839-1840
  • Probate Files, A5872-A5924, 1839
  • Probate Files, A5925-A5982, 1839-1845
  • Probate Files, A5982-A6035, 1840-1845
  • Probate Files, A6036-A6070, 1841-1842
  • Probate Files, A6071-A6123, 1841
  • Probate Files, A6124-A6168, 1841-1842
  • Probate Files, A6169-A6224, 1842-1843
  • Probate Files, A6224-A6274, 1843-1845
  • Probate Files, A6275-A6332, 1844
  • Probate Files, A6333-A6384, 1844-1845
  • Probate Files, A6385-A6441, 1845-1847
  • Probate Files, A6387-A6544, 1845-1847
  • Probate Files, A6441-A6486, 1846-1848
  • Probate Files, A6545-A6599, 1847
  • Probate Files, A6599-A6649, 1847-1848
  • Probate Files, A6650-A6699, 1847-1849
  • Probate Files, A6700-A6750, 1849-1850
  • Probate Files, A6751-A6777, 1849
  • Probate Files, A6778-A6825, 1850-1852
  • Probate Files, A6826-A6869, 1850-1852
  • Probate Files, A6870-A6908, 1850
  • Probate Files, A6909-A6948, 1850
  • Probate Files, A6949-A6988, 1851-1852
  • Probate Files, A6989-A7030, 1851-1852
  • Probate Files, A7031-A7060, 1852
  • Probate Files, A7061-A7105, 1855-1856
  • Probate files, A7106-A7149, 1852-1855
  • Probate Files, A7150-A7190, 1854-1861
  • Probate Files, A7191-A7236, 1854
  • Probate files, A7237-A7254, 1854
  • Probate Files, A7275-A7317, 1854
  • Probate Files, A7318-A7536, 1854-1855
  • Probate Files, A7357-A7400, 1855
  • Probate Files, A7401-A7450, 1855
  • Probate Files, A7451-A7494, 1855-1858
  • Probate Files, A7495-A7550, 1856
  • Probate files, A7551-A7597, 1856-1857
  • Probate Files, A7597-A7648, 1857-1865
  • Probate Files, A7649-A7690, 1857
  • Probate Files, A7691-A7738, 1857
  • Probate Files, A7738-A7787, 1857-1858
  • Probate Files, A7788-A7845, 1858
  • Probate Files, A7846-A7876, 1858-1859
  • Probate Files, A7877-A7910, 1858-1859
  • Probate Files, A7911-A7958, 1859
  • Probate Files, A7959-A7992, 1859
  • Probate Files, A7993-A8044, 1859-1861
  • Probate Files, A8045-A8092, 1860
  • Probate files, A8093-A8142, 1860
  • Probate Files, A8143-A8181, 1860-1861
  • Probate Files, A8182-A8232, 1861
  • Probate Files, A8233-A8289, 1861
  • Probate Files, A8290-A8322, 1861-1862
  • Probate Files, A8323-A8376, 1862
  • Probate Files, A8377-A8427, 1862-1867
  • Probate Files, A8428-A8467, 1863-1864
  • Probate Files, A8468-A8519, 1863-1864
  • Probate Files, A8520-A8579, 1863
  • Probate Files, A8580-A8642, 1863-1864
  • Probate Files, A8643-A8704, 1864
  • Probate Files, A8705-A8759, 1864
  • Probate Files, A8760-A8818, 1864-1865
  • Probate files, A8819-A8879, 1865
  • Probate Files, A8880-A8922, 1865
  • Probate files, A8923-A8984, 1865-1867
  • Probate Files, A8985-A9044, 1866
  • Probate Files, A9045-A9104, 1866
  • Probate Files, A9105-A9173, 1866
  • Probate Files, A9174-A9219, 1866
  • Probate Files, A9220-A9271, 1867
  • Probate files, A9272-A9325, 1867
  • Probate Files, A9326-A9386, 1868
  • Probate Files, A9387-A9409, 1868
  • Probate Files, A9420-A9479, 1868
  • Probate Files, A9480-A9438, 1868
  • Probate Files, A9539-A9605, 1868-1869
  • Probate Files, A9606-A9662, 1869
  • Probate Files, A9664-A9731, 1869
  • Probate Files, A9732-A9771, A9773-A9797, 1869
  • Probate Files, A9798-A9867, 1870
  • Probate Files, A9868-A9939, 1869
  • Probate Files, A9940-A10017, 1869
  • Probate Files, A10018-A10090, 1869
  • Probate Files, A10091-A10150, 1870
  • Probate Files, A10151-A10228, 1871
  • Probate Files, A10229-A10309, 1871
  • Probate Files, A10310-A10367, 1872
  • Probate Files, A10368-A10423, 1872
  • Probate Files, A10424-A10504, 1872
  • Probate Files, A10505-A10584, 1872
  • Probate Files, A10585-A10644, 1872
  • Probate Files, A10645-A10725, 1873
  • Probate Files, A10726-A10802, 1873
  • Probate Files, A10803-A10882, 1873
  • Probate Files, A10883-A10966, 1874
  • Probate Files, A10967-A11065, 1874
  • Probate Files, A11088-A11151, 1874-1875
  • Probate Files, A11152-A11233, 1875
  • Probate Files, A11234-A11329, 1875
  • Probate Files, A11330-A11415, 1875
  • Probate Files, A11416-A11508, 1876
  • Probate Files, A11509-A11590, 1876
  • Probate Files, A11591-A11679, 1877
  • Probate Files, A11680-A11768, 1877
  • Probate Files, A11769-A11853, 1877
  • Probate Files, A11854-A11932, 1877
  • Probate Files, A11933-A12004, 1877
  • Probate Files, A12005-A12100, 1877
  • Probate Files, A12101-A12175, 1877
  • Probate Files, A12176-A12270, 1878
  • Probate Files, A12271-A12351, 1878-1879
  • Probate Files, A12352-A12437, 1879
  • Probate Files, A12438-A12524, 1879
  • Probate Files, A12525-A12612, 1879
  • Probate Files, A12613-A12699, 1880
  • Probate Files, A12699-A12775, 1880
  • Probate Files, A12776-A12869, 1880-1881
  • Probate Files, A12870-A12946, 1881
  • Probate Files, A12947-A13017, 1881
  • Probate Files, A13018-A13094, 1881
  • Probate Files, A13095-A13170, 1882
  • Probate Files, A13171-A13254, 1882
  • Probate Files, A13255-A13331, 1882
  • Probate Files, A13331-A13423, 1882
  • Probate Files, A13424-A13515, 1882
  • Probate Files, A13516-A13593, 1883
  • Probate Files, A13594-A13673, 1883
  • Probate Files, A13674-A13766, 1883
  • Probate Files, A13767-A13842, 1883
  • Probate Files, A13843-A13929, 1883
  • Probate Files, A13930-A14016, 1883-1884
  • Probate Files, A14017-A14099, 1884
  • Probate Files, A14118-A14180, 1884
  • Probate Files, A14181-A14251, 1884
  • Probate Files, A14252-A14330, 1884-1885
  • Probate Files, A14331-A14417, 1885
  • Probate Files, A14418-A14501, 1885
  • Probate Files, A14502-A14569, 1885
  • Probate Files, A14570-A14657, 1885
  • Probate Files, A14658-A14760, 1885
  • Probate Files, A14761-A14843, 1886
  • Probate Files, A14843-A14933, 1886
  • Probate Files, A14934-A15017, 1886
  • Probate Files, A15018-A15104, 1886
  • Probate Files, A15105-A15196, 1886-1887
  • Probate Files, A15197-A15286, 1887
  • Probate Files, A15287-A15375, 1887
  • Probate Files, A15376-A15455, 1887
  • Probate Files, A15456-A15550, 1887
  • Probate Files, A15551-A15644, 1887
  • Probate Files, A15644-A15737, 1887
  • Probate Files, A15738-A15831, 1887-1888
  • Probate Files, A15832-A15920, 1888
  • Probate Files, A15921-A16008, 1888
  • Probate Files, A16009-A16090, 1888
  • Probate Files, A16091-A16174, 1889
  • Probate Files, A16175-A16276, 1889
  • Probate Files, A16277-A16387, 1889
  • Probate Files, A16388-A16478, 1889
  • Probate Files, A16480-A16575, 1889
  • Probate Files, A16576-A16661, 1889
  • Probate Files, A16662-A16735, 1889
  • Probate Files, A16736-A16821, 1890
  • Probate Files, A16798-A16865, 1890
  • Probate Files, A16865-A16927, 1890
  • Probate Files, A16927-A17006, 1890
  • Probate Files, A17006-A17078, 1890
  • Probate Files, A17078-A17146, 1890
  • Probate Files, A17146-A17224, 1890
  • Probate Files, A17224-A17304, 1890
  • Probate Files, A17304-A17377, 1890-1891
  • Probate Files, A1731-A1750, 1799-1800
  • Probate Files, A17377-A17461, 1890-1891
  • Probate Files, A17461-A17522, 1891
  • Probate Files, A1750-A1888, 1899
  • Probate Files, A17522-A17591, 1891
  • Probate Files, A17591-A17669, 1891
  • Probate Files, A17669-A17747, 1891
  • Probate Files, A17747-A18144, 1828-1848
  • Probate Files, A18144-A18433, 1839-1862
  • Probate Files, A18433-A18632, 1862-1875
  • Probate Files, A18632-A18867, 1875-1884
  • Probate Files, A18867-A19035, 1884-1899
  • Probate Inventories of Estates, Vol 1, 1819-1824; Vol 2, 1824-1828; Vol 3 1828-1834
  • Probate Inventories of Estates, Vol 12, 1857-1859; Vol 13, 1859-1862; Vol 14, 1862-1865
  • Probate Inventories of Estates, Vol 15, 1865-1867; Vol 16, 1867-1870; Vol 17, 1870-1873
  • Probate Inventories of Estates, Vol 18, 1873-1876; Vol 19, 1876-1878; Vol 20, 1878-1881
  • Probate Inventories of Estates, Vol 21, 1881-1883; Vol 22, 1883-1885; Vol 23, 1885-1888
  • Probate Inventories of Estates, Vol 24, 1888-1890; Vol 25, 1890-1893; Vol 26, 1893-1898
  • Probate Inventories of Estates, Vol 26-28, 1878-1882
  • Probate Inventories of Estates, Vol 27, 1892-1893; Vol 28, 1894-1896
  • Probate Inventories of Estates, Vol 29, 1896-1898; Vol 30, 1898-1899
  • Probate Inventories of Estates, Vol 29-31, 1882-1887
  • Probate Inventories of Estates, Vol 32-34, 1888-1891
  • Probate Inventories of Estates, Vol 35-37, 1891-1894
  • Probate Inventories of Estates, Vol 38-39, 1894-1896
  • Probate Inventories of Estates, Vol 4, 1834-1838; Vol 5, 1838-1841
  • Probate Inventories of Estates, Vol 40-41, 1896-1899
  • Probate Inventories of Estates, Vol 6, 1841-1844; Vol 7, 1844-1848; Vol 8, 1848-1850
  • Probate Inventories of Estates, Vol 9, 1850-1853; Vol 10, 1853-1855; Vol 11, 1855-1857
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 100, 1906-1908; Vol 101, 1885-1908; Vol 102, 1906-1908
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 103, 1908-1909; Vol 104, 1909; Vol 105, 1908-1909
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 109, 1910; Vol 110, 1910-1912; Vol 111, 1905-1911
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 11-12, 1845-1848
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 115, 1910-1911; Vol 116, 1911; Vol 117, 1911-1912
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 1-2, 1798-1817
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 121, 1907-1913; Vol 122, 1904-1913; Vol 123, 1911-1913
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 124, 1913; Vol 125, 1913-1914; Vol 126, 1913-1914
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 127, 1914; Vol 128, 1914-1915; Vol 129, 1903-1914
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 13, 1848-1850
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 130, 1914-1915; Vol 131, 1915; Vol 132, 1897-1915
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 133, 1915; Vol 134, 1915; Vol 135, 1915
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 136, 1914-1916; Vol 137, 1915; Vol 138, 1916
  • Probate proceedings, Vol 139, 1916; vol 140, 1916; vol 141, 1916
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 14-15, 1850-1853
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 142, 1916; Vol 143, 1916; Vol 144, 1916-1917
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 145, 1916-1917; Vol 146, 1916; Vol 147, 1917
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 148, 1917; Vol 149, 1917; Vol 150, 1917
  • Probate proceedings, Vol 151, 1917; vol 152, 1915-1917; vol 153, 1911-1918
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 154, 1914-1918; Vol 155, 1914-1918; Vol 156, 1916-1918
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 157, 1916-1918; Vol 158, 1918; Vol 159, 1915-1918
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 160, 1911-1919; Vol 161, 1919; Vol 162, 1919
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 16-17, 1853-1855
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 163, 1918; Vol 164, 1919; Vol 165, 1919
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 166, 1919-1920; Vol 167, 1919-1920; Vol 168, 1919-1920
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 18, 1855-1856
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 19-20, 1856-1858
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 21-22, 1858-1860
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 27-28, 1865-1868
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 29-30, 1868-1871
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 31-32, 1871-1874
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 33-34, 1874-1876
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 3-4, 1817-1828
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 35, 1876-1877; Vol 36, 1877; Vol 37, 1877-1878
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 41, 1882-1883; Vol 42, 1883-1884; Vol 43, 1884-1885
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 44, 1885-1886; Vol 45, 1886-1887; Vol 46, 1887
  • Probate proceedings, Vol 46, 1887-1888; vol 47, 1888-1889; vol 48, 1889
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 52, 1892-1892; Vol 53, 1892-1893; Vol 54, 1893
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 5-6, 1828-1836
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 61, 1897; Vol 62, 1897-1898; Vol 63, 1898
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 64, 1899; Vol 65, 1884-1899; Vol 66, 1892-1899
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 73, 1901; Vol 74, 1901; Vol 75, 1900-1902
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 7-8, 1836-1840
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 79, 1890-1903; Vol 80, 1903; Vol 81, 1903
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 82, 1903; Vol 83, 1903-1904; Vol 84, 1904
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 88, 1882-1994; Vol 89, 1902-1905; Vol 90, 1905
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 91, 1899-1905; Vol 92, 1905; Vol 93, 1906
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 9-10, 1840-1845
  • Probate Proceedings, Vol 97, 1903-1907; Vol 98, 1907; Vol 99, 1895-1907
  • Wills and Index, Vol 10-11 1805-1815
  • Wills and Index, Vol 12, 1815-1819
  • Wills and Index, Vol 13, 1819-1839
  • Wills and index, vol 14-15, 1836-1848
  • Wills and Index, Vol 16-17, 1848-1856
  • Wills and Index, Vol 18-19, 1856-1862
  • Wills and Index, Vol 20-21, 1861-1867
  • Wills and Index, Vol 22-23, 1867-1872
  • Wills and Index, Vol 24-25, 1872-1877
  • Wills and Index, Vol 3-4, 1726-1754
  • Wills and Index, Vol 5-6, 1754-1785
  • Wills and Index, Vol 7, 1785-1797
  • Wills and Index, Vol 8-9, 1796-1805

Scituate

  • Probate and Council Records, Vol 1-3, 1731-1799
  • Probate Records, Vol 13, 1905-1906; Vol 14, 1906-1912; Vol 15, 1913-1919
  • Probate Records, Vol 6, 1837-1848
  • Probate Records, Vol 9-10, 1865-1881
  • Town Council Records, Vol 5-6, 1820-1886

Smithfield

  • Abstracts Copied From Council and Probate Records 2
  • Council Journal, 1871-1877
  • Council Journal, Vol 5-6, 1822-1845
  • Probate Files, 1-99, 1871-1885
  • Probate Files, 99-171, 1871-1885
  • Probate Index, Abbatematteo, Kathleen Frances-Laposta, Maria, 1871-2003
  • Probate Index, Laposta, Maria-Zylinski, Mery, 1871-2003
  • Probate Records, Vol 11-12, 1859-1867
  • Probate Records, Vol 1-4, 1871-1912
  • Probate Records, Vol 2, 1749-1768
  • Probate Records, Vol 2, 1769-1797
  • Probate Records, Vol 3-4, 1791-1827
  • Probate Records, Vol 4-5, 1903-1921
  • Probate Records, Vol 5-6, 1826-1844
  • Probate Records, Vol 9-10, 1853-1859

Woonsocket

  • Probate Bonds, Vol 1, 1872-1883
  • Probate files, 162-265
  • Probate Files, 1-79
  • Probate Files, 266-342
  • Probate Files, 343-425
  • Probate Files, 426-526
  • Probate Files, 527-601
  • Probate Files, 79-161
  • Probate Index, Abatantuono, Constanza-Brien, Delphine
  • Probate Index, Brien, Delphine-Dulac, Madeleine
  • Probate Index, Dulac, Madeleine-Kappelle, Rosilda
  • Probate Index, Kappelle, Rosilda-McDonald, James H
  • Probate Index, McDonald, James H-Smith, Matilda S
  • Probate Index, Smith, Matilda S-Zydem, Simon
  • Probate Records, Vol 1-2, 1867-1878

Misc from Rhode Island Historical Society:

  • Genealogical Record Book, Vol I
  • Index to Cemetery Records, Wills, Record Books, Vital Records and Historical Events, Vol A [=Briggs Collection]
  • Index to the Probate Records, 1646-1899 [Providence]
  • Minutes and Acts of the General Council, 1667-1753
  • Probate Records and Index, to 1775 [Providence, a handwritten abstract]
  • Wills, Vol A-C [BRIGGS Collection]

WASHINGTON COUNTY [All titles below will be found in a single list for Washington County – this list helps you find the title you want.]

Charlestown

  • Probate Records, Vol 1-3, 1798-1837
  • Probate Records, Vol 4-6, 1837-1878
  • Town Council and Town Meeting Records, 1-67, 1787
  • Town Council and Town Meeting Records, 1788-1800

Exeter

  • Council and Probate Records, Vol 12-14, 1830-1850
  • Council and Probate Records, Vol 1-4, 1743-1786
  • Council and Probate Records, Vol 15-17, 1850-1878
  • Council and Probate Records, Vol 5-8, 1786-1816
  • Council and Probate Records, Vol 9-11, 1816-1830
  • Exeter, Rhode Island, death records and index: 1903-1915

Hopkinton (lucky Hopkinton researchers can bypass all this by using the transcribed records from the Hopkinton Historical Association (free!) – Probate 1757-1850 HERE). 

  • Bonds, Vol 1-3, 1872-1915; Docket Books, Vol 1-2, 1895-1928
  • Probate Index Cards, 1757-1993
  • Probate Records, Vol 11-12, 1862-1876
  • Probate Records, Vol 13-14, 1876-1888
  • Probate Records, Vol 15-16, 1888-1898
  • Probate Records, Vol 1-6, 1751-1841
  • Probate Records, Vol 17-18, 1899-1911
  • Probate Records, Vol 19, 1911-1920
  • Probate Records, Vol 7-10, 1839-1863
  • Town Records, 1743-1920

Narragansett

  • Probate Bonds, Vol 1, 1899-1908; Vol 2, 1908-1915
  • Probate Files, Annie Thompson Case 10-Edward J Davis Case 61, 1800-1915
  • Probate Files, Edward J Davis Case 61-James A Northup, 1800-1915
  • Probate Files, Edward W Watts-Radel Andrew, 1800-1915
  • Probate Files, James A Northup-Edgar W Watts, 1800-1915
  • Probate Files, Rose, Joshua-Wright, Thomas
  • Probate Records and Index, Vol 1 1884-1901; Vol 2 1898-1913; Vol 3 1913-1915

New Shoreham

  • Probate books, vol A-C, 1798-1840
  • Probate Books, Vol H-I, 1902-1923
  • Probate Files Early-1885, Coe, Benjamin T-Littlefield, Nathaniel (Guardian)
  • Probate Files Early-1885, Littlefield, Nathaniel (Guardian)-Rose, John

North Kingstown

  • Death records, vol 5, 1910-1915
  • Probate and Town Council Records, Vol 14-20, 1796-1817
  • Probate and Town Council Records, Vol 21-25, 1817-1829
  • Probate and Town Council Records, Vol 26-29, 1829-1845
  • Probate and Town Council Records, Vol 30-32, 1845-1858
  • Probate and Town Council Records, Vol 33-36, 1858-1871
  • Probate and Town Council Records, Vol 5-8, 1692-1756
  • Probate and Town Council Records, Vol 9-13, 1756-1795
  • Probate Index, 1696-1903
  • Probate Index, Abbott, Marie-Guada, Marlene Iris, 1896-1997
  • Probate Index, Guada, Marlene Iris-Zwolinski, John, 1896-1997
  • Probate Records, Vol 39, 1877-1881; Vol 40, 1881-1885
  • Probate Records, Vol 40, 1885-1886; Vol 41, 1886-1889; Vol 42, 1862-1893; Vol 43, 1894-1895
  • Probate Records, Vol 43-47, 1895-1923
  • Probate Records, Vol 47, 1907-1924; Vol 48, 1918-1924; Vol 49, 1915-1933
  • Probate records: Bonds 1 (1873-1890) ; bonds 2 (1890-1907) ; docket 2 (1896-1930) ; index 1 A – Z (books 1-45) 1696-1907.

Richmond

  • Index of Land Evidence, Vol 2, 1853-1935; Land Deeds, 1896-1900
  • Probate and Town Records, Vol 10-12, 1861-1877
  • Probate and Town Records, Vol 1-3, 1747-1783, 1812-1818
  • Probate and Town Records, Vol 4-6, 1818-1834
  • Probate and Town Records, Vol 7-9, 1834-1861
  • Probate Bonds, 1873-1914

South Kingstown

  • Probate and Town Council Records, Vol 4-5, 1743-1772
  • Probate and Town Council Records, Vol 6-7, 1772-1854
  • Probate and Town Council Records, Vol 6-7, 1825-1863
  • Probate and Town Council Records, Vol 8-10, 1863-1876
  • Probate and Town Council Records, Vol 8-9, 1854-1886
  • Town Council Records Index, 1704-1917
  • Town Council Records Index, 1705-1943

Westerly

  • Estates, Vol 1, 1872-1888; Vol 2, 1888-1906; Vol 3, 1906-1915; Vol 4, 1915-1916
  • Indexes of Town, Land, Probate, and Vital Records, 1661-1745
  • Probate Files, Drawer 3
  • Probate Files, Drawer 4
  • Probate Files, Drawers 1 and 2
  • Probate Records Index, Abbossa, Rosa-Lysobey, Daniel
  • Probate Records Index, McAndrew, Joseph L-Zippo, Theresa M
  • Probate Records, Vol 2-3, 1811-1841
  • Probate Records, Vol 4, 1832-1852
  • Probate Records, Vol 5-6, 1853-1877
  • Probate Records, Vol 7, 1874-1885; Vol 8, 1882-1889; Vol 9, 1888-1894
  • Town and Council Special Proceedings, Vol 1, 1869-1888; Town Meeting Record, 1669-1694, 1818-1904
  • Town Council and Probate Records, Vol 2-4, 1699-1736
  • Town Council and Probate Records, Vol 5-6, 1745-1787
  • Town Council and Probate Records, Vol 7-8, 1787-1818

A bit more help

A demo of the steps needed to use the record sets, above, can be found here on Randy Seaver’s blog.  Thanks Randy!

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