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Books from which you may make lookup requests

Ships Documents of Rhode Island, Volume I, Newport, Works Product Administration, 1941. The book was a project of the National Archives to record the vessels (over twenty tons), registered, enrolled, and licensed in the Newport customs district from 1790 to 1939.  It also lists the owners and masters of each ship, what type of activity they were engaged in (whaling, coastal trade, fishing, etc), the size of the ship and where built. Ships Lookup

Records of the Bailey Family. The info was compiled in 1895..."descendants of William Bailey of Newport RI, chiefly in the line of his son, Hugh Bailey of East Greenwich RI." Some of the surnames are unique: Tarbox, Tillinghast, Sweet, Pitcher, Bowdish, Yagoo. Bailey Lookup

History of the Church Family, From Notes Collected by the Honorable Oliver Chace, of Fall River, published in 1887 edition limited to 250 copies. Church Lookup

Corys of America Ancestors and Descendants, 2nd Edition, compiled and published by Al Bertus Cory, 1994 CORY Books Lookup

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Newport Seventh Day Baptist Trilogy, 1998, by Lou M. Sanford and Don A. Sanford
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If you own Newport County, Rhode Island, genealogy books, and/or CDs, and would be willing to volunteer to do look-ups, please e-mail me with the full title, author, publisher of any materials.

Rhode Island Genealogy Books 

Below is a list of just a few of the books currently available for purchase. This list is for your convenience, and does not suggest an endorsement, nor are lookups available from any of these publications at this time. 

A Brief History of the Town of Glocester, Rhode Island - Elizabeth A. Perry; edited by Edna M. Whitaker Kent. The original book, published in 1886, is reprinted in its entirety with new material and indices by Edna M. Whitaker Kent. 1995, Heritage Books, Inc.

Bristol, Rhode Island's, Early Settlers - Dorothy Chapman Saunders, Ph.D. Information for this work was taken from several Bristol County sources. 1992, Heritage Books, Inc.

Census of the Inhabitants of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations 1774 By John R. Bartlett, 1984 (originally published 1858). Listed by major towns, such as Jamestown, Little Compton, Portsmouth, and Newport. Hunterdon House, Lambertville, NJ.

Monmouth County [New Jersey] Articles in The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, Summary & Descriptions, Second Edition, 1925-2004 - Judith Green Watson. Many early Newport County families removed to Monmouth County; this book includes a brief summary of the 150 articles that have Monmouth County families and records  as their focus. 2006. The Genealogical Society of New Jersey,

Thomas Cooke of Rhode Island - Jane Fletcher Fiske. Award winning genealogy based on primary research. It is a twelve generation genealogy of Thomas Cooke, who came to Taunton, Massachusetts, in 1637 and settled in Portsmouth, Rhode Island in 1643. 1987. Two Volumes. Jane Fletcher Fiske, N.E.H.G.S

Gleanings From Newport Court Files 1659-1783 - Jane Fletcher Fiske. Ca. 650 pages, 6 by 9 hardbound. Consists of 1182 abstracts of case files and documents; includes depositions, accounts, deeds, wills, etc., some of which fill in gaps in the surviving Newport records. Jane Fletcher Fiske

Graveyards of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, Althea H. McAleer, Beatrix Hoffius, Deby Jecoy Nunes, 1992, published by Althea H. McAleer, New England Historic Genealogy Society (N.E.H.G.S). Included is a detailed map of Washington County with each gravesite marked.

Guide to Narragansett Bay Area Graveyards, Association for Gravestone Studies. This guide locates over fifty Rhode Island & Massachusetts graveyards that feature the work of 'the Narragansett Bay carvers' and a number of other 18th century stonecutters. 16 pages, 19 illustrations

Descendants of James and Margaret Huling of Newport, Rhode Island and Lewes, Delaware; Compiled by Esther Littleford Woodworth-Barnes; edited by Jane Fletcher Fiske This thorough Huling genealogy covers 12 generations. Other names treated are Allen, Arnold, Aylesworth, Brown, Case, Clarke, Gardner, Green, Haasnoot, Havens, Hopkins, Johnson, Matteson, Nichols, Sherman, Smith, Spencer, Tillinghast, Vaughn, Whitman, and Wilcox.1984. Jane Fletcher Fiske, N.E.H.G.S

Name Changes in Rhode Island, 1800-1880, abstracted by Maureen Taylor, The New England Historic Genealogy Society, 1995. This little booklet lists name changes as a result of adoptions, divorces, etc.

The Narragansett Historical Register, A Magazine, edited by James N. Arnold, Heritage Classic, 1994 - 1996, 9 Volumes. Vol. 1 1882-3, Vol. 2 1883-4, Vol. 3 1884-5, Vol. 4 1885-6, Vol. 5 1886-87, Vol. 6 1888, Vol. 7 1889, Vol. 8 1890 & Vol. 9 1891. Each has an index of persons and places.

New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Clarence Almon Torrey, compiled for publication by Elizabeth Bentley, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985/1992. Supplement to Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Melinde Lutz Sanborn, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991 N.E.H.G.S

Rhode Island Court of Trials 1671-1704: 260 pages, transcribed verbatim by Jane Fletcher Fiske. Includes Cornell murder trial, courtmartial of Indians for atrocities in King Philip's War. Jane Fletcher Fiske

Register of Seaman's Protection Certificates from the Providence, Rhode Island Customs District, 1796-1870 From the Custom House Papers in the Rhode Island Historical Society. Based on an index created from registers of Seaman's Protection Certificates for the Port of Providence RI, this work lists nearly 10,000 seamen. Clearfield. 1995, N.E.H.G.S.

Rhode Island Passenger Lists. Port of Providence 1798-1808; 1820-1872 and Port of Bristol and Warren 1820-1871 By Maureen A.Taylor,1995. This contains the names of about 4,000 people who entered these Rhode Island ports. Providence and Bristol/Warren lists. Genealogical Publishing Company, N.E.H.G.S.

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