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Rhode Island, Vital Records, 1893-1898, 1900-1953
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Rhode Island, 
United States
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Location of Rhode Island
Record Description
Record Type Vital
Collection years 1893, 1900-1898, 1953
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of the following records the State Archives in Providence:

  • Certificates and registers of births (1846-1898, 1901-1903)
  • Marriages (1901-1903)
  • Deaths (1901-1953)

Records of births, marriages, and deaths have been kept by town clerks since the 1630s. In 1700, the laws concerning vital records registration were made more specific, and the records after that time are more complete.

Also, included in this collection are church records from various denominations in Rhode Island, for the years 1636 to 1953. The record content and time period varies by denomination and locality.


What Can This Collection Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

Birth records may include the following information:

  • Child’s name
  • Child’s gender
  • Birth date
  • Birth place
  • Registration date
  • Race
  • Parents' names
  • Parents' residence
  • Father's occupation
  • Parents' birth places

Marriage records may include the following information:

  • Full names of bride and groom
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Residence of bride and groom
  • Age of bride and groom
  • Groom’s occupation
  • Birth place of bride and groom
  • Parents of bride and groom
  • What number of marriage for bride and groom
  • Officiator

Death records may include the following information:

  • Name of deceased
  • Death date
  • Death place
  • Age in days, months, and years
  • Marital status
  • Cause of death
  • Occupation
  • Birth place
  • Name of parents
  • Social Security number
  • Birth date
  • Military service
  • Surviving spouse
  • Race
  • Education
  • Residence
  • Parents' names
  • Informants' names
  • Informants' residence
  • Place of burial or removal
  • Undertaker’s name and address

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

Coverage Map[edit | edit source]

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Rhode Island marriages, click here.

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it will be helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date the event occurred
  • The place the event occurred
  • The names of family members and their relationships

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the marriage date and place as the basis for compiling a new family group or for verifying existing information
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth of each partner to find a couple's birth records and parents' names
  • Use the birth date or age along with the place of birth to find the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records
  • Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • The name of the officiator may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county
  • Use a marriage number to identify previous marriages
  • The name of the undertaker or mortuary could lead you to funeral and cemetery records, which often include the names and residences of other family members
  • Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual
  • Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct

Keep in mind:

  • The information in marriage records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1900
  • There is also some variation in the information given from one marriage record to another record

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Search for the marriage record of the marriage partner if known
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"Rhode Island, Vital records, 1846-1898, 1901-1953." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Rhode Island State Archives, Providence.

Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
Image Citation:
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.

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