Rhode Island Genealogical Society

Program Video Recordings

The below videos were recorded and edited for anyone who may not have attended or who wish to view the presentations again. Some of the videos may be posted for a limited time.
Note that you can view the videos in full screen by clicking the box at the lower right corner after you start the video..
March 26, 2022
Marjorie M. Weaver

The Killingly Historical & Genealogical Society is located in Danielson, CT. Its genealogical collection includes family files, printed biographies, military volumes, vital, church, and cemetery records, census microfilms, Windham County Transcript Microfilms with a focus on CT, RI, and MA.

Margaret M. Weaver is Killingly’s Town Historian. She is the co-author of Miles of Millstreams and author of Perspectives of Putnam. She has written the weekly column “Killingly at 300” for the Villager newspapers since 2007
March 26, 2022
Chester Browning
Chet gives a brief history of the state pauper cemeteries located in Rhode island and discuss the process taken to discover where Antonio Coelho is buried.
Chet is retired from the State of Rhode Island in 2008 after being a photographer there for 34 years. He recently was President of Smith’s Castle in North Kingstown, and is an officer/Director in the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and the Rhode Island Philatelic Society. He is a member of RIGS and enjoys reuniting families with old photos of their ancestors.

January 29, 2022
Helen Smith
RIGS Program Chair Helen Smith Welcomes RIGS members to the Zoom Program and offers some helpful genealogy tips.
January 29, 2022
Maureen Taylor
Maureen has long been associated with the genealogy field. She is nationally known as the Photo Detective, as a conference speaker and an author of many books. She is even a former president of RIGS. Visit her website: at maureentaylor.com for more information.
Maureen covers two subjects. First, she speaks on Family Tree Magazine. Maureen is a regular contributor to Family Tree Magazine and she talks about the many reasons why it is so helpful to genealogists. Maureen will also talk about her work as the Photo Detective. She shares some tips about how to identify the people in those old photos you have and wondered who they were.
Maureen also provided us with a free copy of Family Tree Magazine during her talk.  If you are a member you can download it from the Program Handouts in the  Downloads (Members Only) section of this website but you must first log on.
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On November 6th RIGS hosted its first combined In-Person/Virtual Event at the Cranston Public Library.  The following are the three presentations recorded at that event..
November 6, 2021
Jodi Goodman and Mary Ellen Cecil
Special Collections Department, New Bedford Public Library
Jodi and Mary Ellen talk about the great resources at the library that are available for genealogists. The library is in the middle of a technology upgrade and has many other new things to report. Jodi Goodman, MLIS, is the Special Collections Librarian.

November 6, 2021
Heather Pouliot Kisilywicz
Executive Director, South County Museum
Heather shows how to interpret commonly used DNA reports using online tools that will improve your research time and lead to better results. She is the Executive Director at the South County Museum. She specializes in Rhode Island and kinship reconstruction with atDNA. She is a frequent lecturer around the state on how to leverage atDNA information to improve traditional genealogical research. She successfully completed Boston University’s genealogy course last fall. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Rhode Island and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Library and Information Sciences.

WILLIAM CHATTLE HOWE: Breaking Down a Brick Wall
November 6, 2021
Jeff Howe
Jeff is a long-time RIGS member and contributor, who speaks on breaking down a brick wall. He is a 40+ year researcher, writer, genealogist and has written many published papers and books on local history. His presentation involves the discovery of his paternal grandfather's parents, a family history/mystery finally unveiled revealing an unusual twist. A true mystery solved.