Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Database Updated

Rhode Island from a 1929 New England Rhode Map. Public Domain, courtesy of Wikimedia.org.


We are very happy to have expanded the content in the Rhode Island: Historical Cemeteries, 1647-2000 database. In this update we have added gravestone images for over 7,100 pages that did not have them before. In addition, we have added over 16,300 new records and searchable names to the database.

The new records are spread across 29 cemeteries. About 60% of the new records are in Bristol County, and 35% are in Providence County. In addition to Rhode Island records, this update includes some burial information for native Rhode Islanders who were buried out of state. You can find these new volumes added to the database:

  • Chelsea, Maine – Veteran’s Cemetery Togus, Maine
  • Mechanicsville, Virginia – Cold Harbor National Cemetery
  • Petersburg, Virginia – City Point National Cemetery

This update was made possible by support from John Sterling and the transcriptions and images produced by the volunteers of Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Transcription Project who work in cemeteries across Rhode Island.

This database is organized into volumes based on the city or town of the cemetery and provides information for 450,000 people and over 900,000 searchable names. The efforts to capture images of the gravestones is not complete, and approximately 25% of the records have an image to go with them. For the remainder, there is a placeholder noting that the image is not available and noting that you can see the birth and death details on the transcript page.

For most of the cemeteries, there GPS coordinates displayed on the transcript. This can be copied and pasted into a web site such as Google Maps to see where the cemetery is located.

Please note: This database is available to Individual-level and above NEHGS members only. Consider membership.