Vital Record of Rhode Island 1636-1850

by James N. Arnold


From the Introduction, Volume 1

“We are fully aware of the fact that many will consult these pages and feel bitter disappointment in not finding the name they seek, and will wonder that a family so numerous, or one residing so long in the town, has so little or nothing recorded. This very feeling has come often on the compiler; and he has often wondered, but the reader must remember that this is not the fault of the records or compiler, but of the parties themselves, that they failed to place the items upon the Town Records. The compiler believes that not more than a quarter of what should have been placed there from the year 1790 to 1850.”

Nonetheless, the Vital Record of Rhode Island is a precious multi-volume book found in most local history collections in Rhode Island libraries. Click on each book title to reach the volume, and use the index at the front of the books, or the digital search box to find what you are looking for.




Volume 1

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Volume 3

Volume 4

Volume 5

Volume 6

Volume 7

Volume 8

Volume 9

Volume 10

Volume 11

Volume 12

Volume 13

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Volume 15

Volume 16

Volume 17

Volume 18

Volume 19

Volume 20

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