Genealogy Resources

    Ancestry Library Edition
    Ancestry Library Edition is available inside the library only. This online database offers census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more from countries all over the world. is maintained by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and is the online repository for more than 1.4 billion searchable names from America and beyond. is only available inside the library.

    Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission
    Search by gravestone or cemetery.

    Rhode Island Historical Society
    Search NETOP (RIHS NETworked Online Public Catalog) and find out which Rhode Island Vital Records and Probate Records are available.

    Genealogical Research in the RIHS Manuscripts Collections
    Find out what information you should have before using the manuscripts collections.

    Passenger Lists
    Rhode Island Passenger List Resources in the RIHS Collections

    National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
    Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

    Ellis Island Records
    Between 1892 and 1924 over 22 million passengers and members of ships' crews came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York Now you can research passenger records from ships that brought the Immigrants -- even see the original manifests with Passengers' names.

    Family Search
    The Church of Jesus Christ and latter-Day Saints created theis wonderful genealogy site. Search the Church's extensive ancestor databases or browse by catgories.