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State Resources — Rhode Island

Updated: August 2002

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document Vital Records

State office keeps birth and marriage records for 100 years and keeps death records for 50 years. For earlier records, write to the city/town clerk where the event occurred or to the Rhode Island State Archives, 337 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903.

Divorce records are not available from the state office (see note below).

Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Death Records

Call (401) 222-2811 for information on record lookup fees. This will be a recorded message.
Write to:
Division of Vital Records
Rhode Island Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill, Room 101
Providence, RI 02908-5097

For divorce records, write to:
Clerk of Family Court
Garrahy Judicial Complex
1 Dorrance Plaza
Providence, RI 02903

book State Archives and Libraries

They currently have colonial petitions and correspondences, state census records, military records, newspapers, tax records, cemetery records, probate records, maps, and federal census records from 1790-1910.

Write to:
Rhode Island State Archives
337 Westminster St.
Providence, RI 02903
Telephone: (401) 222-2353
Web site:

 Local Genealogical Societies

Write to:
Rhode Island Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 433
Greenville, RI 02828
Web site:


Rhode Island State Historical Society
121 Hope St.
Providence, RI 02906
Telephone: (401) 331-8575
Web site:

  Publication: Rhode Island History
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