Rhode Island Genealogical Society

Welcome to RIGS

Welcome to the Rhode Island Genealogical Society web site.


Although Rhode Island is a small state, we have a rich history and heritage.  RIGS is focused on helping our members research their ancestors and preserve their family histories.

Please browse the abundance of resources and services that RIGS provides our members, and, if you have not already joined, please consider becoming a member. 


You can find out more using any of the menu options on the left or by visiting one of the pages below:

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Latest News
Come Home To Rhode Island
From those of us who live in RI to all of our fellow members outside of RI, we extend a warm invitation for you to come home for an extended genealogy weekend (September 24-27, 2020 - postponed from May 14-17). If you might be interested, mark your calendar now and watch for details closer to the date.

RIGS 2020 Annual Meeting
Due to the restrictions put into place by the state of Rhode Island dealing with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the RIGS Annual Meeting, normally held in May, has been postponed until September 27, 2020. More details to follow closer to the date.

Gleanings, Barrington Town Records published
RIGS is pleased to announce a new volume in the Gleanings series, Gleanings from Rhode Island Town Records: Barrington, Massachusetts, Town Meetings, 1718-1744 by Cynthia Comery Ferguson. It is the 2020 Special Bonus Issue of Rhode Island Roots.

A RIGS First - A Virtual Meeting!
RIGS held its first virtual meeting on Sunday, May 17, 2020. The program consisted of presentations by Maureen Taylor, "The Photo Detective", and another by Cherry Bamberg called "Swimming on Sunday and Other Scandals: Rev. Joseph O'Hara in Providence , 1728-1730. For those who missed being part of this event, a video will be available for view shortly. Watch for details.

2021 NERGC Conference
Mark Your Calendars! New England Regional Genealogical Consortium (NERGC) 2021 Conference April 14 - 17, 2021 Springfield, MA RIGS is a charter member of NERGC and will be participating in NERGC 2021. Details about the conference can be found at nergc.org