Genealogy Sources


The Library subscribes to this database from the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Stop in at the Reference Desk on the second floor for information on how to access this great resource. Inside Library use only.

American-French Genealogical Society
Located in Woonsocket, RI, the Society's library is a primary source for French Canadian research and it has a large selection of other local genealogical data.  Planning a visit?  Our Library has free visitor passes to this institution!  Our Museum Pass page has more information.

America's Obituaries and Death Notices
Easily search a collection of over 22 million recent records from hundreds of U.S. newspapers.

Ancestry Library Edition
The Library subscribes to this detailed and extremely useful database. Stop in at the Reference Desk on the second floor for information on how to access this great resource. Inside Library use only.

Census Online

Free digitized census records, including some early RI records.

Cyndi's List of Genealogical Sites on the Internet - RI

A very comprehensive list of sites including cemeteries, military, newspapers, societies, churches and more.

Death Indexes

Online searchable death indexes and records listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices and registers, obituaries, probate indexes and cemetery burial records.

Death Records Online

Online searchable death indexes for the US.

Digital Library of Historical Directories
Digital library of 18th, 19th and early 20th century local and trade directories for England and Wales.

Ellis Island

Database for passenger arrivals into Ellis Island from 1892-1924.

FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service

Search the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints extensive archives.

Genealogy Roots Blog

This blog is for finding online genealogy databases, records and resources, focusing on vital records, census, naturalization and military records and passenger lists.


"Serving genealogists since 199 with original articles from experienced genealogists and writers and a collection of unique search resources and databases.

National Archives

Online catalogs, brochures and guidelines for using the Archives and their holdings.

Rhode Island USGenWeb Genealogy and History Project

RI genealogy sources, articles, census data, query postings and much more.

A free genealogy site that includes search engines, databases, genealogy guides, family trees and more.

World GenWeb Project

Provides world-wide access to genealogical and historical records.