Rhode Island Government records cover a broad range of genealogy subject areas that can help you as part of your research, such as land ownership, courts, taxes, and naturalization’s. Given that Rhode Island court records cover such a wide selection of topics, they could aid you in many different ways. As an example, they could aid you in finding ancestors’ residences, identify occupations, locate financial information, determine citizenship status, or shed light on relationships between individuals. The whole thing relies upon on the type of court records that the ancestors” names show up in. For Definitions of all court terms see the Genealogy Encyclopedia.

Rhode Island Courthouse records change extensively from county to county in both level of quality and volume. You will find different kinds of court records that are most likely to possess information related for your genealogical research below.


Rhode Island Court Records


Rhode Island Land Records

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Rhode Island Probate Records

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Rhode Island Tax Records

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Rhode Island Immigration & Naturalization Records

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Rhode Island County & City Government Links

Although Rhode Island is divided into 5 counties. , it does not have any local government at the county level. Instead, local governance is provided by the eight cities and thirty-one towns. Counties in Rhode Island have had no governmental functions since 1846 other than as court administrative and sheriff corrections boundaries which are part of state government.

The links in the table below link to county and city government offices and is limited to government-maintained websites. If you know of a Rhode Island county that has an official government web site but is not linked, or if the link is in error, please contact us so we may edit our database. Rhode Island State Government is located in Providence.