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Please Note:   Rhode Island County Listings —
(Although you will see the name, "South County", mentioned in many places, it does not exist as an actual county. Basically, the townships of Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Narragansett, North Kingstown, Richmond, South Kingstown, Westerly and West Greenwich, make up what is known as South County, RI)

  • Bristol County, Rhode Island —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 19, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of land gained from Bristol County in 1747.
    Established:  12-Jul-1797
    County Seat:  Bristol, Rhode Island

    County history - Bristol County is named in honor of the city of Bristol in England.

    Bristol Courthouse
    GHLL Bristol County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Bristol County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Bristol County, RI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Barrington Public Library / Barrington, RI)
    6. US/RIGenWeb site - Bristol County Archives
    7. US/RIGenWeb - Bristol County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Bristol County Clerk, 1 Dorrance Plaza, Bristol, RI 02809.
    9. Vital Records (Free Public Records)  |  Bristol County (none listed)  |  Bristol, RI (County Seat Records).
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Bristol County, Massachusetts (east), Providence County (north), Kent County (west),
             Newport County (south).

        Barrington (City of) - Official Web Site.
        Bristol - Podunk, the power of place.
        National Assn. of Counties - Cities Found in Bristol County, RI..
        1888 Tax List - Bristol County.

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        County-Clerks.com - County-Clerks.com is a directory of every single county clerk's office in the USA.
             There are over 3,000 county clerks offices that we have contact information for. - Quoted from web site.
        Directory of Superior Courts - This directory lists court locations in Bristol County, Rhode Island.
    Census Information Bristol County):
  • 1790 Census Barrington
  • 1790 Census Bristol
  • 1790 Census Warren
  • 1840 Census Pensioners

  • Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Report Form, for Bristol county <----> copy/paste the item(s) which concern you.


  • Kent County, Rhode Island —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 19, 2011
  • Formed from:  portions of Providence County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1700
    County Seat:  East Greenwich, Rhode Island

    County history - Kent County is named in honor of Kent County, England.

    Kent Courthouse
    GHLL Kent County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Kent County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Kent County, RI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (East Greenwich Free Library / East Greenwich, RI)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Pawtuxet Valley Preservations and Historical Society / West Warwick, RI)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Society of Mayflower Descendants / East Greenwich, RI)
    8. US/RIGenWeb site - Kent County Archives
    9. US/RIGenWeb - Kent County Genealogy & History
    10. Vital Records - Kent County Clerk, 222 Quaker Lane, East Greenwich, RI 02818.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Providence County (north), Bristol County (east), Washington County (south),
             New London County, Connecticut (west), Windham County, Connecticut (west),
             Newport County (southeast).

        Coventry Public Library - Kent County.
        New England Towns - Travel back to a simpler time.

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    Census Information:
        1790 Census (I) - Coventry, East Greenwich, Warwick and West Greenwich.
        1800 Census (I) and (G) - Twps of:  Warwick, Coventry, West Greenwich and East Greenwich
        1800 Census (I) - Specific name search.

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Newport County, Rhode Island —
    Information Updated for:  Aug 4, 2014
  • Formed as:  Rhode Island County in 1703 and renamed in 1729.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1700
    County Seat:  Newport, Rhode Island

    County history - Newport County is named in honor of the Town of Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales, England.

    Newport Courthouse
    GHLL Newport County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Newport County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Newport County, RI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Little Compton Historical Society / Little Compton, RI)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Middletown Historical Society / Middletown, RI)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Newport Historical Society / Newport, RI)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (Newport Restoration Foundation / Newport, RI)
    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Portsmouth Historical Society / Portsmouth, RI)
    10. US/RIGenWeb site - Newport County Archives
    11. US/RIGenWeb - Newport County Genealogy & History
    12. Vital Records - Newport County Clerk, Washington Square, Newport, RI 02840.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Bristol County (north and east), Washington County (west).

        1895 Atlas - Newport County and Block Island
        Extinct Counties - previously Rhode Island County until 16-Jun-1729.
        First Baptist Church - 1900 Directory
        Visitors Network - Local history.

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        County-Clerks.com - County-Clerks.com is a directory of every single county clerk's office in the USA.
             There are over 3,000 county clerks offices that we have contact information for. - Quoted from web site.
        Directory of Superior Courts - This directory lists court locations in Kingfisher County Oklahoma.
    Census Information:
  • 1790 Federal Census
  • 1800 Federal Census
  • 1860 Federal Census

  • Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page & the item(s) which concern you.


  • Providence County, Rhode Island —
    Information Updated for:  Jul 22, 2013
  • Formed as:  Providence Plantations County and renamed in 1729.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1700
    County Seat:  Providence, Rhode Island

    County history - Providence County is named in honor of the English colonist and religious leader Roger Williams, who founded Providence in 1636, after he was cast out of Massachusetts for his religious views. He purchased the land from the Narraganset Indians and named it for "God's merciful providence."

    Providence Courthouse


    Capitol history - The current State House is Rhode Island's seventh state house and the second in Providence after the Old Rhode Island State House. It was constructed from 1895 to 1904. The building underwent a major renovation in the late 1990s.

    Rhode Island State Capitol

    GHLL Providence County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Providence County, RI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (American-French Genealogical Society (Woonsocket, RI))
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Burrillville Historical & Preservation Society (Burrillville, RI))
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Cranston Historical Society, Homestead & Mansion (Cranston, RI))
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (East Providence Historical Society (East Providence, RI))
    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Glocester Heritage Society (Chepachet, RI))
    10. Society/Museum/Assn - (Johnston Historical Society (Johnston, RI))
    11. Society/Museum/Assn - (Providence Preservation Society (Providence, RI))
    12. Society/Museum/Assn - (Rhode Island Black Heritage Society (Providence, RI))
    13. US/RIGenWeb site - Providence County Archives
    14. US/RIGenWeb - Providence County Genealogy & History
    15. Vital Records - Providence County Clerk, 250 Benefit, Providence, RI 02903-2719.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Norfolk County, Massachusetts (northeast), Bristol County, Massachusetts (east),
             Bristol County (southeast), Kent County (south), Windham County, Connecticut (west),
             Worcester County, Massachusetts (northwest).

        Burrillville Gedcom - various listings
        Ghost Town - Hanton City, also known as Lost City to the local residents of Smithfield, RI
             where this long gone settlement is located.
        National Register - Historic Places (multiple listings
        Providence City Westminister Congregational Church - Death Records
        Providence County - 1895 Atlas
        Providence County - Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
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    Census Information:
        1777 Census (T) - Federal Census, Providence County, Military Census (Text: 1 page).
        1777 Census (T) - Federal Census, North Providence County, Military Census (Text: 1 page).
        1790 Census (I) - Cranston, Cumberland, Foster, Glocester, Johnston, North Providence,
              Providence, Scituate and Smithfield.
         1920 Census (I) and (T) - Burriville Township.
        1920 Census (I) and (T) - Federal Census, Providence County, ED-068 (Index: 1 folder, 3 pages /
              Text: 14 pages).

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.


  • Washington County, Rhode Island —
    Information Updated for:  Jan 7, 2013
  • Formed as:  Kings County from Providence Plantations County in 1729. Name changed, 1781 [AKA "South County"] 1729.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1700
    County Seat:  West Kingston, Washington

    County history - Originally named King's County and later changed to Washington County, honoring George Washington, the first U.S. President.

    Washington Courthouse
    GHLL Washington County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Washington County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Washington County, RI Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Babcock-Smith House Museum / Westerly, RI)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Pettaquamscutt Historical Society Museum & Library / Kingston, RI)
    7. Society/Museum/Assn - (Smith's Castle Museum, Cocumcussoc Assocation / North Kingston, RI)
    8. Society/Museum/Assn - (South County Museum / North Kingstown, RI)
    9. Society/Museum/Assn - (Westerly Historical Society / Westerly, RI)
    10. US/RIGenWeb site - Washington County Archives
    11. US/RIGenWeb - Washington County Genealogy & History
    12. Vital Records - Washington County Clerk, 4800 Tower Hill Road, Wakefield, RI 02879.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Kent County (north), Bristol County (northeast), Newport County (east), Atlantic Ocean
             and Dukes County, Massachusetts (southeast), Atlantic Ocean (south), Suffolk County,
                New York
    (southwest), New London County, Connecticut (west), Windham County,
                Connecticut
    (northwest).

        Extinct Counties - previously King's County until 1781.

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        Genealogy Trails - Washington County Rhode Island
        The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations - The smallest state of the union, Rhode Island, also has the
             longest official name of any of the states.

    Census Information:
        1790 Census (I) - Charlestown, Exeter, Hopkinton, Glocester, North Kingstown, North Providence, Richmond,
              South Kingstown and Westerly.
        1800 Census (I) & (G) - Richmond, Wickford, North Kingstown, Exeter, South Kingstown, Charlestown, Westerly and
             Hopkintown Sub-Divisions.

    Please report links or information that should be updated or added:
        Correction or addition Report for this county - just copy/paste the URL for this page and the item which concerns you.



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