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USGenWeb LogoWelcome to Newport County RIGenWeb, a part of the Rhode Island USGenWeb Genealogy and History Project, which is under the umbrella of the USGenWeb Project.

Although Newport County is a small county in the smallest state, it is a treasure trove of original documents which date back to the 1600's. Consequently, researchers from all over the states like to come here to study early American history and explore their family genealogy.

Fortunate are they who do come for Newport County has preserved much of its history and architecture. Visitors can stroll along streets which are as they were when George Washington addressed the troops during the Revolution and when their ancestors lived here.

Newport County is very beautiful. Its outstanding coastline is very accessible because colonial laws preventing restriction of coastal access are still intact. Newport's 10-mile Ocean Drive and Cliff Walk are not to be missed. All communities have fine beaches. Middletown's Sachuest Beach is a jewel.

Indeed Rhode Island loves and preserves its history. You will find early America here. It is subtle and quiet and everywhere for those who take some time to discover it. On scenic roads of Portsmouth, Tiverton and Little Compton you will pass farms enclosed by stone walls built by our colonial ancestors. Near the house, there may be a small cemetery containing the graves of the original inhabitants. En route to touristic Newport, on the small island of Jamestown, you will find more than a dozen historic sites, including an 18th century farm still owned by the original family.


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  1. Newport County Towns
  2. Exploring Newport County
  3. Cemeteries
  4. Queries
  5. Message Boards / Mailing Lists
  6. Books and Articles
  7. Scanned Documents
  8. Scanned Tax Lists
  9. Transcribed Documents
  10. Surname Specific
  11. Maps
  12. Other Counties

Newport County, Rhode Island, Towns [top]




Town/City Hall

Historical Society

1638 Original Town
1638 -
2200 East Main Road Portsmouth RI 02871
1639 Original Town
1639 -1783, 1783-
Newport Historical Society Newport RI 02840
1678 Indian name Conanicut
93 Narragansett Ave. Jamestown RI 02835
Little Compton
1682 from Mass. in 1747
bef. 1747-,1747-
Taunton, MA, Little Compton RI 02887
1694 from Mass. in 1746
to 1747, 1747-
Taunton, MA, Tiverton RI 02878
1743 from Newport
350 East Main Road, Middletown RI 02840

Exploring Rhode Island and Newport County [top]

Cemeteries [top]

Because Rhode Island cemeteries were most often on private land, there are hundreds of small cemeteries.

Queries [top]

Message Boards and Mailing Lists for Rhode Island Researchers [top]

Books and Articles [top]

Scanned Documents [top]

Tax Lists [top]

Transcribed Documents [top]

Surname Specific [top]

NOTE: These documents are made available free to the public for non-commercial purposes by the Newport County, Rhode Island, USGenWeb Project. Please read restrictions.

Maps [top]


Other Rhode Island Counties [top]

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This page was last updated  14 Mar 2013

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This page created by Susan Pieroth; revised by Eileen Westgate in 2008
Updated August 22, 2012; March 14, 2013

E-mail Eileen Westgate, the Newport County RIGenWeb Coordinator

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