Extinct Rhode Island Counties:: (not linked unless noted, ):|
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Dominion of New England -
Massachusetts Bay Colony -
New Netherland -
Plymouth Colony -
Providence Plantations -
Rhode Island -
The Dominion of New England from 1686 to 1689 was a province created by combining the British colonies in North America which included present-day Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and starting 7 May 1688 New Jersey, and New York. The Dominion seat was in Boston, Massachusetts. This reorganization was an attempt to better control the uncooperative trade and religious practices in several unruly colonies. The size of the Dominion was awkward. The Dominion's governors had attempted to enforce unpopular policies. Upon arrival of news from England of the Glorious Revolution, in 1689 mobs arrested Governor Edmund Andros and other Dominion authorities. The militia under Leisler started their rebellion in New York and New Jersey. The Dominion government crumbled, and old pre-dominion leaders were quick to revert to their previous, separate colonial governments.
For records of the Dominion of New England try Boston repositories: If land or probate records in the locality where an ancestor lived 1686-1689 do not seem to include an ancestor, check to see if the papers may have been recorded in Boston.
Kings county was formed in 1729 from the southern portion of Providence County, in 1781 the name was changed to Washington county. Reminants of Kings county still exist today.
Massachusetts Bay Colony was a 17th Century British settlement and political unit on the east coast of North America. It was established in 1628; its charter revoked in 1684; and it became part of the Dominion of New England in 1686. Massachusetts Bay Colony included parts of New England, centered around Boston and Salem. The Colony included parts of present-day Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. She claimed land to the Pacific Ocean. Her modern successor is now the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one of the fifty United States.
New Netherland (Dutch: Nieuw-Nederland) was the former Dutch colony on the east coast of North America founded in 1614 or 1615. It included significant settlements in, or claims to, parts of what are now the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maryland (between Cape Cod and Virginia).
Plymouth Colony was a 17th Century British settlement and political unit on the east coast of North America. It was established in 1620; it became part of the Dominion of New England in 1686; in 1691 Plymouth and the Massachusetts Bay Colony were combined. Plymouth Colony included parts of New England, centered around Plymouth, Barnstable, and Bristol counties in Massachusetts. The Colony included parts of present-day Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Maine and claimed land north to Nova Scotia, south to Pennsylvania, and west to the Pacific Ocean. The modern successor is now the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one of the fifty United States.
Providence Plantations was the first permanent settlement in Rhode Island. It was established at Providence in 1636 by English clergyman Roger Williams and a small band of followers who had left the repressive atmosphere of the Massachusetts Bay Colony to seek freedom of worship. Today, the state is officially named "Rhode Island and Providence Plantations," although "Providence Plantations" is little used.
Rhode Island County was erected as an original county on 22 June 1703. Its name was changed to Newport County on 16 June 1729. Records of the old Rhode Island County are kept in Newport County.
Genealogical/Historical Commissions, Societies and Museums: Please click on graphic below, " " (if present) for the entire GHLL county "package"
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Society Name and Location
Barrington Public Library (Barrington, RI)
East Greenwich Free Library (East Greenwich, RI)
Pawtuxet Valley Preservations and Historical Society (West Warwick, RI)
Society of Mayflower Descendants (East Greenwich, RI)
Little Compton Historical Society (Newport, RI)
Middletown Historical Society (Middletownk, RI)
Newport Historical Society (Newport, RI)
Newport Restoration Foundation (Newport, RI)
Portsmouth Historical Society (Portsmouth, RI)
American-French Genealogical Society (Woonsocket, RI)
Burrillville Historical & Preservation Society (Burrillville, RI)
Cranston Historical Society, Homestead & Mansion (Providence, RI)
East Providence Historical Society (East Providence, RI)
Glocester Heritage Society (Chepachet, RI)
Johnston Historical Society (Johnston, RI)
Providence Preservation Society (Providence, RI)
Rhode Island Black Heritage Society (Providence, RI)
Babcock-Smith House Museum (Westerly, RI)
Pettaquamscutt Historical Society Museum & Library (Kingston, RI)
Smith's Castle, The Cocumcussoc Assocation (North Kingston, RI)
South Co. Museum (North Kingstown, RI)
Westerly Historical Society (Westerly, RI)
— Serving multiple areas —
American-French Genealogical Society - (Providence Co., Woonsocket, RI) serving all
Rhode Island Black Heritage Society - (Providence Co., Providence, RI) serving all counties.