New volumes: Rhode Island Vital Records, 1636-1850

Map of Rhode Island, depicting the boundaries of the state in 1660; published 1901 by Burrows Brothers Company (Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons).

We’re excited to announce that today we are updating our Rhode Island: Vital Records, 1636-1850 database with 5 new volumes, adding more than 90,000 records to search. The majority of the added records are compiled marriage and death records from historic newspapers throughout Rhode Island.

This database includes the volumes of vital records that James N. Arnold began publishing in 1891 for the towns of Rhode Island. The series would go on to include church records and newspaper records, ultimately filling twenty-one volumes with information. This re-indexing of our original 2002 database includes records from Volumes 1-12, and 17-21.

All 21 volumes are available for viewing at the NEHGS Research Library, call number F78.A75.

Below is the list of volumes added to the database:

This database re-do would not be possible without the help of our wonderful volunteers. A special thank you to Alida Baker, Allyson Koehler, Arlys LaFehr, Ashley Waters, Barbara Macken, Becki Clarke, Bill Morse, Bruce McKeeman, Bruce Shaw, Cameron Picton, Carol Demers, Carolyn Jack, Ciara Leonard, Daria O’Connor, Eldon Gay, Gale Stevenson, Ginny Marshall, Jaimie Williams-Peterson, Jane Himmel, Joan Hammond, Karen Del Vecchio, Katherine Marshall-Mayer, Lisa Butler, Lisia Bisio, Loretta Aldrich, Mara Witzling, Melanie Nelson, Michelle Kearns, Nancy Johnson, Patricia Nesbitt, Pauline Cusson, Renda Smith, Rick Lagueux, Robyn Choate, Ron Wilson, Rosemary Durica, Ross Weaver, Sandy Caldwell, Sandy Murphy Mauer, Sara Stinson, Susan Fougstedt, Susan Morath, Susan Van Allen, Therese Mosorjak  and Val Abrahamsen, for all of your very appreciated hard work.

If you would like to become part of the team working on rewarding genealogical projects, please contact Rachel Adams, Database Services Volunteer Coordinator via email at . 

Please note: This database is now available to all NEHGS members, including Guest Members, at no cost.