Providence County, Rhode Island Genealogy Guide2016-06-02T12:57:30+00:00

Providence County, Rhode Island Genealogy Guide

Providence County, Rhode Island (Map It) was created on June 22, 1703 as an Original County. The county was named for Divine Providence. Learn More About State of Rhode Island History

Providence County is bordered by Norfolk County, Massachusetts (northeast), Bristol County, Massachusetts (east), Bristol County (southeast), Kent County (south), Windham County, Connecticut (west), Worcester County, Massachusetts (northwest).

Providence County Cities and Towns include Burrillville, Central Falls, Cranston, Cumberland, East Providence, Foster, Glocester, Johnston, Lincoln, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Providence, Scituate, Smithfield, Woonsocket

Providence County, Rhode Island Courthouse Records

The Providence County Courthouse is located in Providence, 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 Providence 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.

  • Burrillville was established in 1730 and incorporated in 1806 from Glocester. It has Land Records from 1806, Probate Records from 1806 and Court Records from 1806. Villages include Bridgeton, Echo Lake, Gazzaville, Glendale, Graniteville, Harrisville, Huntsville, Laurel Hill, Mapleville, Mohegan, Nasonville, Oak Valley, Oakland, Pascoag, Round Top, Sand Beach, Saxonville, Tarkiln, Wallum Lake, Whipple. Burrillville Town Clerk, 70 Main Street, Harrisville, RI 02830; (401) 568-4300. More info
  • Central Falls was established in 1730 and incorporated in 1895 from Lincoln. It has Land Records from 1895, Probate Records from 1895 and Court Records from 1895. Early Smithfield records are in this office. Central Falls Town Clerk, 580 Broad Street, Central Falls, RI 02863; (401) 727-7400. More info
  • Cranston was established in 1754 and incorporated in 1910 from Providence. It has Land Records from 1754, Probate Records from 1754 and Court Records from 1754. Villages include Arlington, Auburn, Bellefonte, Eden Park, Edgewood, Hope, Howard, Knightsville, Meshanticut Park, Oaklawn, Pawtuxet, Pettaconsett, Sockanosset, Thornton, Washington Park, West Arlington. Cranston City Clerk, City Hall, 869 Park Ave, Cranston, RI 02910; (401) 461-1000. More info
  • Cumberland was established in 1746 and incorporated in 1746 from Attleboro Gore, Massachusetts. It has Land Records from 1747, Probate Records from 1747 and Court Records from 1747. Villages include Abbott Run, Arnold Mills, Ashton, Berkeley, Cumberland Hill, Cumberland Mills, Diamond Hill, Grants Mills, Lonsdale, Valley Falls. Earlier records, 1692—1747, are in Bristol County, Massachusetts at Taunton. Cumberland Town Clerk, 45 Broad St, Cumberland, RI 02864; (401) 728-2400. More info
  • East Providence was established in 1812 and incorporated in 1958 from Rehoboth/Seekonk, Mass.. It has Land Records from 1862, Probate Records from 1862. Villages include Boyden Heights, Bullocks Point, Crescent Park, Fort Hill, Kent Heights, Narragansett Terrace, Omega, Phillipsdale, Riverside, Rumford, Silver Spring, Squantum, Watchemoket. See Rehoboth and Seekonk, Bristol County, Massachusetts, for earlier records. East Providence City Clerk, 145 Taunton Ave, E. Providence, RI 02914; (401) 435-7596. More info
  • Foster was established in 1636 and incorporated in 1781 from Scituate. It has Land Records from 1781, Probate Records from 1781 and Court Records from 1781. Villages include Clayville, Foster Center, Moosup Valley, Mount Hygeia, North Foster, Pine Ridge, Ponagansett, South Foster, Vernon. Foster Town Clerk, South Killingly Rd, Foster, RI 02825; (401) 392-9200. More info
  • Glocester was established in 1639 and incorporated in 1730-31 from Providence. It has Land Records from 1731, Probate Records from 1731 and Court Records from 1731. Villages include Bowdish, Chepachet, Clarkville, Durfee Hill, Harmony, Spring Grove, West Glocester. Glocester Town Clerk, P.O. Box B, Chepachet, RI 02814. More info
  • Johnston was established in 1636 and incorporated in 1759 from Providence. It has Land Records from 1759, Probate Records from 1759 and Court Records from 1759. Villages include * Graniteville, Hughesdale, Merino, Morgan Mills, Moswansicut Lake, Simmonsville. Probates to 1898 at Providence City Archives, Providence 02903. Johnston Town Clerk, 1385 Hartford Ave, Johnston, RI 02919; (401) 351-6618. More info
  • Lincoln was established in 1650 and incorporated in 1871 from Smithfield. It has Land Records from 1871, Probate Records from 1871 and Court Records from 1871. Villages include Albion, Fairlawn, Lime Rock, Lonsdale, Louisquisset, Manville, Saylesville. Records before 1895 in Central Falls City Clerk’s Office. Lincoln Town Clerk, 100 Old River Rd, Lincoln, RI 02865; (401) 333-1100. More info
  • North Providence was established in 1636 and incorporated in 1765 from Providence. It has Land Records from 1765, Probate Records from 1765 and Court Records from 1765. Villages include Allendale, Centerdale, Fruit Hill, Geneva, Greystone, Louisquisset, Lymansville, Marieville, Wanskuck, Woodville. North Providence Town Clerk, City Hall, 2008 Smith St, N. Providence, RI 02911; (401) 232-0900. More info
  • North Smithfield was established in 1730 and incorporated in 1871 from Smithfield. It has Land Records from 1871, Probate Records from 1871 and Court Records from 1871. Villages include Branch Village, Crystal Lake, Forestdale, Primrose, Slatersville, Union Village, Waterford, Woonsocket Hill. North Smithfield Town Clerk, 1 Main St, Slatersville, RI 02876; (401) 767-2200. More info
  • Pawtucket was established in 1671 and incorporated in 1954 from Pawtucket, Mass., North Providence, R.I.. It has Land Records from 1862, Probate Records from 1862 and Court Records from 1862. Villages include Beverage Hill, Darlington, Fairlawn, Lebanon, Pleasant View, Woodlawn. Incorporated 1885. See Seekonk, Bristol County Massachusetts, Northern District for earlier records. Pawtucket City Clerk, City Hall, 137 Roosevelt Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860; (401) 728-0500. More info
  • The City of Providence was established in 1636 and incorporated in 1832 as an original city. It has Land Records from 1636, Probate Records from 1636 and Court Records from 1636. Villages include Dyerville, Edgewood, Elmwood, Federal Hill, Fox Point, Geneva, Manton, Mt. Pleasant, Olneyville, Silver Lake, Smith Hill, Starvegoat Island, Tockwotton, Washington Park. Providence City Archives has earlier deeds and vital records for Providence and Johnston; probates to 1898 More info
  • Scituate was established in 1636 and incorporated in 1730 from Providence. It has Land Records from 1731, Probate Records from 1731 and Court Records from 1731. Villages include Chopmist, Clayville, Fiskeville, Glenn Rock, Hope, Jackson, North Scituate, Ponagansett, Rockland, Saundersville. Scituate Town Clerk, Main St, N. Scituate, RI 02857; (401) 647-2822. More info
  • Smithfield was established in 1636 and incorporated in 730 from Providence. It has Land Records from 1731, Probate Records from 1731 and Court Records from 1731. Villages include Esmond, Georgiaville, Greenville, Mountaindale, Spragueville, Stillwater, West Greenville. Records to 1870 are in city clerk’s office, Central Falls 02863. Smithfield Town Clerk, 64 Farnum Pike, Esmond, RI 02917; (401) 233-1000. More info
  • Woonsocket was established in 1867 and incorporated in 1888 from Cumberland / Smithfield. It has Land Records from 1867, Probate Records from 1867 and Court Records from 1867. Villages include Fairmount, Globe, Hamlet, Social. City Hall has copies of earlier deeds from parent towns beginning 1847. Woonsocket Town Clerk, City Hall, 169 Main St, Woonsocket, RI 02895; (401) 762-6400. More info

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