Newport County, Rhode Island Genealogy Guide

Newport County, Rhode Island (Map It) was created on June 22, 1703 as an Original County. The county was named for the town (now city) of Newport, Wales. Learn More About State of Rhode Island History

Newport County is bordered by Bristol County (north), Bristol County, Massachusetts (east), Washington County (west).

Newport County Cities and Towns include Jamestown, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, Tiverton.

Newport County, Rhode Island Courthouse Records

The Newport County Courthouse is located in Newport, Rhode Island. Learn More About State of Rhode Island Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Newport county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Jamestown was established in 1639 and incorporated in 1678 from Native lands, Conanicut. It has Land Records from 1678, Probate Records from 1678 and Court Records from 1678. Villages include Beavertail, Cedar Point, Conanicut, Dutch Island, Freebody Hill, Gould Island. More info
  • Little Compton was established in 1682 and incorporated in 1746 from Plymouth Colony. It has Land Records from 1747, Probate Records from 1747 and Court Records from 1747. Villages include * Adamsville, Briggs Point, Sakonnet, Tunipus . Became part of Rhode Island in 1747. Earlier records are at Plymouth Colony and Bristol County offices (see Massachusetts). More info
  • Middletown was (Town Hall) established in 1639 and incorporated in 1743 from Newport. It has Land Records from 1743, Probate Records from 1743 and Court Records from 1743. Villages include Easton Point, Sachuest. More info
  • Newport was established in 1639 and incorporated in 1784 as an Original Town. It has Land Records from 1639, Probate Records from 1639 and Court Records from 1639. Villages include Castle Hill, Coasters Harbor, Coddington Point, Fort Adams, Forty Steps, Goat Island, Ochre Point, Rose Island, Tonomy Hill. Records before 1783 at Newport Historical Society. More info
  • New Shoreham was admitted to colony, in 1664 as Block Island (renamed, 1672); established in 1664 and incorporated in 1672. It has Land Records from 1672, Probate Records from 1672 and Court Records from 1672. Villages include Block Island. Part of Newport County until 1963. New Shoreham Town Clerk, Old Town Road, Block Island, RI 02807; Phone: 401-466-3200. More info
  • The Town Portsmouth was established in 1638 and incorporated in 1640 as an Original Town. It has Land Records from 1636, Probate Records from 1636 and Court Records from 1636. Villages include Bristol Ferry, Cedar Island, Common Fence Point, Corey Lane, Despair Island, Dyer Island, Gould Island, Hog Island, Homestead, Hope Island, Hummocks, Island Park, Melville, Patience, Prudence, Quaker Hill. Pocasset proprietors’ records are in manuscript form at New Bedford, Massachusetts Public Library. More info
  • Tiverton was established in 1694 and incorporated in 1746 from Dartmouth and Freetown, Mass.. It has Land Records from 1747, Probate Records from 1747 and Court Records from 1747. Villages include Bridgeport, Eagleville, Fogland Point, Grayville, Nannaquaket, North Tiverton, Tiverton Four Corners. Earlier records are in the Bristol County offices in Taunton, Massachusetts. More info

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