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:



January Members Event
The next member event of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2024 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Saints John and Paul Church in Coventry and virtually on Zoom. Details about the speakers, directions for those planning to be physically present at the meeting, and the Zoom link will all be found in the next RIGS Reporter newsletter and on our Events page:

Online Renewal for 2024 is Now Available
Memberships expire on December 31st, but if you were a member in 2023 and have not yet renewed for 2024, please do so before February 1st in order to assure no interruption in your member benefits.

RI Roots and Gleanings Available on the Website
A reminder that all four issues of RI Roots as well as the annual edition of Gleanings electronic pdf files from past years, right up through September 2023, are available on our website on the Downloads (Members Only) section of the menu.

Give a Gift Membership
If you have friends, family, or coworkers who have expressed an interest in exploring their RI Roots, a membership to RIGS makes a great gift.

A new gift membership form has been created so that you can easily give the gift of a RIGS membership at a discounted price.

Members Reminder - Set your member settings
Members, please remember to review and set your member settings in your membership profile. Just login using your login name and password and click on the member settings tab in "My Membership Profile."

If you have forgotten your login name or password, please contact us at membership@rigensoc.org.