Suggested Links

Academic Research Fellowships:

New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC)
John Nicholas Brown Center Research Fellowships
John Carter Brown Library Fellowship Program

Rhode Island State Sites:

State of Rhode Island
Rhode Island State Archives
Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board (includes links to Rhode Island historical societies, museums, libraries, etc.)
Rhode Island Department of Health
Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission
Rhode Island Judicial Records Center

Additional information on the 39 Rhode Island cities and towns such as statistics, histories, demographics and links can also be found on the web site of the Commerce RI.

Rhode Island/New England Genealogical Sites:

Rhode Island Genealogical Society (RIGS)
Rhode Island USGenWeb
Roger Williams Family Association
New England Yearly Meeting of Friends (NEYM)
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Massachusetts State Archives
Connecticut State Library
Cyndi’s List – Rhode Island
Census Finder – Rhode Island Census Records
Rhode Island Society of Mayflower Descendants
Rhode Island State Society – Daughters of the American Revolution
Rhode Island Society of the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America
New England Roots
Whaling Archives (1807-1925): New Bedford Free Public Library

Rhode Island Libraries and Historical Societies:

Providence Public Library
Rhode Island Historical Records Advisory Board – Directory
New England Archivists – Home
Rhode Island State Library
Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services
Ocean State Libraries
Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Providence Athenaeum

Rhode Island Cemeteries:

God’s Little Acre: America’s Colonial African Cemetery
Rhode Island Cemetery Transcription Project Master Index
Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Online
Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery
Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence: Diocesan Cemeteries in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Maps:

Rand McNally & Company Map of Rhode Island (Atlas of the World, 1895)
Rhode Island Digital Map Library
Historic USGS Maps of Rhode Island
RI Dept. of Environmental Management Maps
USGS Geographic Names Index
RI Maps in the American Memory Project
RI Maps in the David Rumsey Map Collection
RI Maps in the Norman B. Leventhal Collection
RI Maps on the University of Alabama’s Historic Maps Site
RI Maps from the Perry-Castañeda Library
The Atlas of the RI Book Trade in the Eighteenth Century
Sanborn Maps for the State of Rhode Island
The Hotchkiss Civil War Map Collection in the American Memory Project

Rhode Island Religious Information:

Providence Visitor Online: See “About Us” on this site for a History of the Catholic Church newspaper in Rhode Island
Touro Synagogue Foundation
First Baptist Church in America
Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association
Khmer Buddhist Society of New England
Rhode Island for Community & Justice (Interfaith)
First Unitarian Church of Providence
“A Lively Experiment”: A Multireligious Historical Overview of Rhode Island

National Genealogical Sites:

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Cyndi’s List
Ancestry.com
Family Search
RootsWeb
Princeton Public Library: Digital Collections for Genealogy Research
Political Graveyard
Libraries and Museums: Reference Shelf for the Genealogist and Family Historian
USA People Search: Genealogy Links
Steve Morse Census Information

Native American Research:

The Indian and Colonial Research Center (Old Mystic, CT)
Narragansett Indian Tribal List (1881) and see also Mss 877 exhibit # 355 in the RIHS Manuscripts collection.
Narragansett Indian Tribe
New England Powwow Schedule
Rhode Island Indian Council
Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum

Ethnic Genealogy:

Southern New England Irish
Talking Scot
The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA)
Italian Genealogy.com
American-French Genealogical Society

African-American Research:

Rhode Island Black Heritage Society
African-American DNA Roots Project
African Ancestored Genealogy
Museum of African American History, Boston
Freedmen’s Bureau Online

Passenger Lists:

Immigrant Ship Transcribers Guild
Ellis Island Foundation
Cyndi’s List – Ships & Passenger Lists – Ship Lists: General

Military Sites:

Revolutionary War

Index of Continental Army Orderly Books
First Rhode Island Regiment of the Continental Line
Gaspee Virtual Archives

Civil War

The Civil War Archive
Civil War Rosters
National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database
Rhode Island Volunteers Civil War Re-enactor Association
Rhode Island Civil War Roundtable

World War I and II

What did you do in the war Grandma? (Oral Histories)
World War II List of Casualties – Rhode Island

Korean War

Korean War Casualty Lists – Rhode Island

Vietnam War

Vietnam Veterans Memorial (official National Park Service site)
The Virtual Wall (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund site)

Educational Sites:

KidsKonnect – Rhode Island
Flag Timeline (United States flag)
Masters in History

Historical Sites:

Rhode Island History
American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers; Project, 1936-1940
Colonial Money of Rhode Island
Earthquake History of Rhode Island
New England Economic Adventure
Rhode Island Postal History Society
American Folklife Center – Rhode island (Library of Congress)

Rhode Island Materials in Digital Collections:

HathiTrust Digital Library
GoogleBooks
Library of Congress Digital Collections
Internet Archive (Arnold’s Vital Records of Rhode Island 1636 to 1850.)

Miscellaneous Rhode Island Sites:

Rhode Island Radio
Rhode Island Council on the Arts
Early Rhode Island Toolmakers and Tradesmen
Providence Grays Baseball Team
Narragansett Bay: A Friend’s Perspective
Rhode Island Lighthouses: U.S. Coast Guard Historic Light
The Chopin Club
RIHS Publications at HathiTrust.org (full-text search and viewing of out-of-copyright items)

Preservation Sites:

The Archival Advisor
Northeast Document Conservation Center: Resources for Private and Family Collections
Preparing, Protecting, Preserving Family Treasures (Preservation, Library of Congress)