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An Introduction

Gen-Tool Kit

Surnames

 

 

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General Description

     Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, more commonly referred to as Rhode Island, is a state in the New England region of the United States. It is the smallest U.S. state by area. Rhode Island borders Connecticut to the west, Massachusetts to the north and east, and shares a water boundary with New York's Long Island to the southwest.

Despite the name, most of Rhode Island is in fact on the mainland. The name Rhode Island and Providence Plantations derives from the merging of two colonies, Providence Plantations and Rhode Island. Providence Plantations was the name of the colony founded by Roger Williams in the area now known as the City of Providence. Rhode Island was the area now known as Aquidneck Island, which now comprises the city of Newport and the towns of Middletown and Portsmouth, the largest of several islands in Narragansett Bay.

Rhode Island was the first of the thirteen original colonies to declare independence from British rule and the last to ratify the United States Constitution.

Rhode Island's official nickname is "The Ocean State", a reference to the state's geography, as nearly one tenth of the state's inland area is covered by salt water.

Historical Information

History of Rhode Island

 

 

 

 

 

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GENEALOGICAL ARCHIVES & LIBRARIES

Rhode Island State Archives,

337 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903; (401) 222-2353, FAX (401) 222-3199,

 mailto:reference@archives.state.ri.us

 

HISTORICAL & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES 

·    American-french Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 2113, Pawtucket 02861-0113

·    Little Compton Historical Society, P.O. Box 577, Little Compton 02837

·    Italian Genealogy Society Of America, P.O. Box 8571, Cranston 02920-8571

·    Rhode Island Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 433, Greenville 02828

·    Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, 46 Aborn Street, Providence 02903

·    Rhode Island Historical Society, 110 Benevolent St, Providence 02906-3103

·    Charlestown Historical Society, P.O. Box 100, Charlestown 02813-0100

·    Cranston Historical Society, 1351 Cranston Street, Cranston 02920

·    Newport Historical Society, 82 Touro Street, Newport 02840

·    Rhode Island Labor History Society, 36 Upper College Rd. Hart House, Kingston 02881

·    Ri Jewish Historical Association, 130 Sessions Street, Providence 02906

·    Westerly Historical Society, P.O. Box 91, Westerly 02891

·    Rhode Island Mayflower Descendants, 128 Massasoit, Warwick 02888

 

STATE LIBRARY

Office of Library and Information Services

One Capitol Hill, Providence RI 02908-5803,

(401)574-9300; Fax: (401)574-9320

 

 

HISTORICAL PLACES

 

Bristol    Kent    Newport    Providence    Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surnames

 

 

The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases,

as having been either born, married or died in this location.

 

 

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

 

 

 

 

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families

 

 

Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

 

 

To find out more about each surname listed above click on the corresponding LINK.

Additional information regarding these surnames may also be found at:

  Surname Locator Resources

 

 

Free Genealogy Surname

Search Help from Google

 

 

 

Use this free genealogy site to help you get the best genealogy searches from Google™ by using your family tree, for your research. It will create a series of different searches using tips or   "tricks"  

that    will   likely   improve your results. The different searches will give you many different ways of using Google and the Internet to find ancestry information about this or any other Surname.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on this thumbnail map for a full-sized version.

 

Our Ancestral Counties

 

The following named counties are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral county, click on the following link. Here you will find additional links to our county pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected county.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where in the World

are My Ancestors?

 

Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important as their names. The LINK

MAPS

GAZETTEERS

to the right will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gazetteer of Places

County Research

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County Research

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The links below may assist you with your research within the various places of this state.

Gazetteer

of Places

The following Links will take you to gazetteers that identify places within this U.S. State.  These resources feature profiles of cities, towns, neighborhoods and subdivisions.  In addition this site contains maps, data and directions for a wide variety of physical, cultural and historic features.

 

Cities and towns in Rhode Island

Category:Villages in Rhode Island

Towns with County Locations

 

Rhode Island Cities - profiles of 372 Rhode Island cities, towns & neighborhoods

Rhode Island Physical Features such as lakes, islands & steams

Rhode Island Cultural Features such as schools, parks, hospitals & airports

Rhode Island Civil Features such as Native Areas and Political Subdivisions

Search by Name, County, ZIP Code or Area Code

 

 

County Research

(Genealogical)

 

Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the County’s website.  Here you will find additional links to more information specific to that location.    The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects, at the national level, that were created to collect and disseminate data that goes beyond county and state lines.

 

 

 

 

COUNTY

DATE  FORMED

PARENT COUNTY

COUNTY SEAT

Bristol

1747

Newport

Bristol

Kent

1750

Providence

East Greenwich

Newport

1703

Original County

Newport

Providence

1703

Original County

Providence

Washington

1781

Original Name: Kings

South Kingstown

 

 

County Research

(General)

 

Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based mostly on anonymous contributions. Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the Wikipedia article about the county.  Here you will find additional links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

 

 

 

 

Bristol County;   Kent County;   Newport County;   Providence County;   Washington County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internet
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The Google search engine

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about   this   U. S.   State. 

 

 

GENERAL RESOURCES

 

 

·           Website & Webpages We Like

·           Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

·           Free Genealogy Search Help For Google

·           Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA

·           Genealogy Gateway

·           Ancestry.com (Reference Materials & Finding Aids)

·           Ancestry.com - Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

·           GenealogyLinks.net

·        Cyndi's List - United States Index

·        IGI Batch Numbers - British Isles & North America

·        Libweb - Libraries on the Web

·        50states.com - States and Capitals

·        RootsWeb Town Search 1.0

·        USA Resources at RootsWeb

·        StateGenSites - U.S. Genealogy Sites by State

·        The USGenWeb Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCATION SPECIFIC RESOURCES

·Rhode Island - Wikipedia

·Rhode Island State Facts and Information

·Rhode Island Information (50 States.com)

·Cyndi’s List (Rhode Island)

·Rhode Island (historical societies)

·Rhode Island GenWeb Project

 

 

 

 

OUR GENEALOGY REFERENCE LIBRARY

 

 

The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books that pertain to this U.S. State.   Here you will find books about the history and records of this State, as well as its counties and other localities such as towns and churches.   The collection also contains research works about State military units and personnel during America’s wars.  In addition, there are resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who settled in this State.

 

U.S.A. Locations Library - States, Counties, & Localities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

 

 

 

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Snail Mail:

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USA

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