Rhode Island Family History Societies(Statewide)

This section lists the state-wide associations from Black Heritage to Jewish giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Rhode Island Black Heritage Society

The society is one of the oldest African Heritage associations in America.  Its aims are to preserve documents and artefacts relating to African-American and African descendant's history and accomplishments and to record, retain and interpret historical facts.  


Rhode Island Genealogical Society

The association was established in 1975 by people wishing to trace their families and finding it difficult to trace them.  

Their membership has grown to over 500, with members from United States, Canada and Mexico.  

Their aims are to preserve genealogical records, to research and publish these findings and to promote the development of libraries.  They also wish to acquire library materials to conduct accurate genealogical research.

Many of the Society's documents are available in Greenville Public Library. These documents include:

  • 1900 and 1920 Federal Census: Catalogues of Microfilm Copies
  • Abstracts of Probate Records
  • Bible Records
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • City Directories
  • DAR Lineage Books
  • DAR Patriot Index
  • Genealogical Reference Books
  • Genealogies
  • Mayflower Books
  • Ship Registers

Many publications are available for sale, which comprise:

  • 1797 The Year the Elephant Visited Providence
  • Aboard the Fabre Line to Providence
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Church Registers
  • Court of Trials 1671-1704
  • Daniel Stedman's Journal 1826-1859
  • Diaries of J. Irving Maxson 1898-1923
  • Diary of Captain Samuel Tillinghast of Warwick 1757-1766

Publications available for sale also incorporate:

  • Genealogies
  • Historical Cemeteries of South Kingstown
  • Huling Genealogy: Descendants of James and Margaret Huling of Newport Rhode Island and Lewes, Delawa
  • Newport Gravestone Pictures
  • Newport Colonial Burial Grounds
  • Richard Bowen (1594?-1675) of Rehoboth, Massachusetts and His Descendants
  • The Tillinghast's in America - The First Four Generations
  • Town Records

Rhode Island Historical Society

The association was established in 1822.  Many resources relating to the history of the State can be accessed, which incorporate:

  • Manuscripts dating from 1635 such as Business Papers, Government Documents and Organisational Records
  • Miscellaneous Collections
  • Personal Papers

A Master List of Finding Aids is available on the site, which lists the Manuscript Collections by subject.

The Graphics Collection includes:

  • Architectural Drawings
  • Broadsides
  • Maps
  • Oral Histories
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Prints

Their Printed Collection dates from 1589 and includes:

  • Corporate and Municipal Publications
  • Imprints and Broadsides
  • Local Histories
  • Newspapers
  • Military Records
  • Social Histories

It is possible to search this collection using NETOP, the Library's on-line catalogue.


Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association

Many resources are accessible, which comprise:

  • Newspapers(Jewish Herald, Jewish Voice, The Jewish Voice and Herald)
  • Obituaries
  • Providence City Directories

Some Photographs are also on the site.


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