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Providence County Rhode Island Genealogy And History

County Seat: Providence

Providence County Rhode Island genealogy and family history page is a place where you can come in and research your genealogy and family history. We also do our best to provide a history of the area, to provide you with an overview of the time in which your ancestors lived.

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Providence County History

Providence County was constituted on June 22, 1703, as the County of Providence Plantations. It consisted of five towns, namely Providence, Warwick, Westerly, Kingstown, and Greenwich and encompassed territory in present-day Kent and Washington counties. Washington County was split off as King's County in 1729, while Kent County was split off in 1750. The town of Cumberland was acquired from Massachusetts and added to Providence County in 1746-47, and the towns of East Providence and Pawtucket were made part of Providence County when the final border with Massachusetts was settled in 1862. County government in Rhode Island was abolished in 1842. Providence County, like other counties in Rhode Island, has no governmental functions (other than as court administrative and sheriff corrections boundaries which are part of state government).

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Providence County Genealogy Records

Biographies Birth Records Cemetery Records Census Records
Church Records Cities & Towns County Records Death Records
Family Bibles History Topics Marriage Records Military Records
Miscellaneous Data Newspaper Data Obituaries School Records
Wills/Probate Records

Genealogical Research in Providence County Rhode Island

Rhode Island Historical Society Library
121 Hope Street
Providence, Rhode Island, 02906
Phone: (401) 273-8107

Providence Public Library
225 Washington St.
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Phone: (401) 455-8079

The Library's Genealogy Collection features Providence city directories, house directories, family biographies, Arnold's Vital Records and regimental histories of the Civil War.

Adjacent Counties

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