Project: Rhode Island

Categories: Rhode Island | Rhode Island Projects

This project is part of the United States Project.

Welcome to the Rhode Island Project!

The purpose of this project is to coordinate all Rhode Island related projects and resources and combine that information into one place.

Rhode Island Counties
Bristol Kent Newport Providence Washington


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For a full list of participants, see the badge report.

The coordinator for this project is T Stanton.

It is not necessary that you be related to someone who lived in the state of Rhode Island or live there yourself to join. Anyone with an interest is welcome! If you would like to participate, please do the following:

  1. Answer our G2G post and we'll award you the United States Project badge. Let T Stanton know you're interested, too.
  2. Add united_states and Rhode_Island to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed.
  3. Please see our list of goals for a basic overview for ways you can help.

Project Box

The template is {{US History|sub-project=Rhode Island}} which will give you:

... ... ... is a part of Rhode Island history.
Join: Rhode Island Project
Discuss: Rhode Island

This template is for use only on profiles that are of importance to the project or need to be PPP'd and managed by the project. They are not for every single person from Rhode Island. A sticker might be used in that circumstance.

Members List

To view the list of Rhode Island Project members and/or add your name to the members list, please go here.


The overall goals of the US History Project are to create and develop profiles on WikiTree for those who lived in Rhode Island and the other states in the union. To meet these goals:

  1. Add Rhode Island-related profiles, checking for existing profiles to avoid duplication. If any duplicate profiles exist, request merges, starting with the oldest generation.
  2. If profiles were loaded by GEDCOM, use WikiTree Styles and Standards to clean up residue and broken links.
  3. Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources.
  4. Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies.
  5. Make sure profiles of all family members are correct and documented.
  6. Profiles need to be linked to the greater WikiTree. Try to find the connection.

List of Things To Do

  1. If you have any Rhode Island state resources that you are willing to do lookups, please add them to the Rhode Island Resources Page.
  2. If you live in Rhode Island, please consider adding your name to the Rhode Island Research Assistance page.

Ongoing List of Things to Do

  1. Cemeteries in Rhode Island need to be photographed and the categories added to profiles on WikiTree. See the Rhode Island Cemeteries Project
  2. Help develop the Native Americans Project with information about Rhode Island state tribes.
  3. Work on Rhode Island's unsourced profiles.
  4. Add profiles for the men who died in World War I, serving from Rhode Island for the Rhode Island in the Great War project and for the Roll of Honor project.

Rhode Island Town and Early Settlers Project

A new effort is being organized summer 2019 to group early Rhode Island settlers by the towns with which they were associated which will provide a snapshot of inhabitants of a particular town and assist with various family relationships. Check back soon for more information and if you would like to help with the setup of free-space pages for the project please contact T Stanton via private message.

Historical Projects

State Resources

a periodical that ran from 1978 until 1996. Notably contains abstracts of select Rhode Island probate records
a periodical that ran from 1880-1887, including a variety of records and family genealogies from Rhode Island. From 1880-1884 it ran as the Newport Historical Magazine and focused primarily on Newport.
Abstracts of Rhode Island land records from 1648-1696 were compiled by Dorothy Worthington and published by the RI Historical Society.
A series of eight manuscript books held at the Rhode Island State Archives containing many land and notarial records that cannot be found elsewhere. Dorothy Worthington's Land Evidences above are abstracts of the first volume of the Public Notary and Land Records.
Abstracts of genealogical information from over 1000 court cases.
  • Genealogies of Rhode Island Families:

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