Explore these databases and websites in your genealogy research.
For databases that can be accessed remotely, you will need the 14 digit number on the back of your Newport Public Library issued library card.
= Accessible from home with your Newport Public Library issued library card.
A popular genealogy resource. Provides access to census data, vital records, directories, photos, and other key genealogical research tools.
Search records contaning more than 1.4 Billion names from around the world. Maintained by the New England Historical Genealogical Society. Available in Library only.
Provides an exhaustive, international database sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, searchable by name, geography and more. Create a free account to get the most out of this resource. The Newport Public Library is now an affiliate of FamilySearch’s research and library system, making even more records available when using this site in-library.
Provides access to original military records, including registration cards, pension files, and other records of service. Part of Ancestry.com’s collection of online resources. Available in Library only.
HERITAGE QUEST ONLINE
A genealogical tool offering primary resources, family histories, and finding aids. Includes 6 core data sets – US Federal Censuses, genealogical and local history books, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank Records, and the US Congressional Serial Set.
- Vital Record of Rhode Island 1636-1850. Arnold, vols. 1-6.
- Rhode Island Vital Records, New Series. Beaman, vols. 1-12.
- Genealogies of Rhode Island Families. Roberts, vols. 1-2.
- Genealogical Dictionary of Rhode Island [Before 1680]. Austin.
- Newport City Directories
- Newport History: Bulletin of the Newport Historical Society
- Rhode Island History
- Rhode Island Roots
- New England Historical and Genealogical Register
- New England Ancestors
State and Local Links
- Newport Historical Society
- Rhode Island State Archives
- Rhode Island Dept. of Health, Vital Records
- Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries – Searchable cemetery databases.
- Rhode Island Genealogy and History Project – Part of the USGen Web project, a non-commercial effort compiled by volunteers and committed to free access for everyone.
- Cities and Towns in Rhode Island
- Rhode Island Judiciary Archives
- Rhode Island Historical Society
- Rhode Island Genealogical Society
- Rhode Island Historical Records Repository
- Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association
- American-French Genealogical Society