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Thursday, May 18 through Sunday, May 21
6th Annual Come Home to Rhode Island Genealogy Weekend  (RIGS Member Meetings)
Rhode Island
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society will be held on Sunday, May 21st. 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 for an extended genealogy weekend. Let us help you break through those RI brick walls.
If you are available to arrive on Thursday, May 18th, we will have a local genealogist ready to meet with you that evening and offer advice and assistance for research plans on Friday and Saturday. Please fill out the form below so we may match you up with a local genealogist who knows Rhode Island and is researching the same families.
On Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th, plan to spend time tracking your ancestors through Rhode Island town halls, graveyards, historical societies, and libraries. We will be here and ready to help! We will meet for brunch on Sunday, May, 21st with more genealogy talk, followed by the RIGS Annual Meeting.

Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 21
Annual Meeting  (RIGS Member Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
North Kingstown United Methodist Church, 450 Boston Neck Road, Rte. 1A, North Kingstown
The Annual Meeting of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society will be held on Sunday, May 21 at 12:30 pm. The meeting will take place at the North Kingstown United Methodist Church, 450 Boston Neck Road, and will begin with light refreshments, followed by a brief business meeting, awards ceremony, and the election of officers.
Our meeting is hosting the following guest speaker—William B. Saxbe, Jr., a Certified Genealogist since 1981, is a graduate of Amherst College, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health. He was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 1997 and currently serves as its president.
His writings on the Bowen family include not only Volumes 1 - 3, but the delightful “Twenty- One Jabez Bowens,” in Rhode Island Roots. Dr. Saxbe’s book Johann Genning (1818-1898) and His Descendants: A Toledo Family won the 1991 NGS Award for Excellence in Genealogy and Family History. He comes by his interest in the Bowen family naturally, as both his
parents descend from Richard1 Bowen.
Refreshments will be served as always. If anyone would like to bring something for the refreshment table, it would be very much appreciated. Please, come join us and bring along a non-member friend.
— Coffee and light refreshments
— Election of Officers
— Speaker: William B. Saxbe, Jr.
The North Kingstown United Methodist Church is located at 450 Boston Neck Road, Route 1A, in North Kingstown. Take Route 102 thru Wickford and bear right onto Route 1A South, go over the historic Hussey bridge and follow ¾ mile (you will pass the North Kingstown Town Hall on the left); continue through two lights and the Methodist Church will be on the left.

Saturday, September 30
All Day Members' Meeting  (RIGS Member Meetings)
Location TBA
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Saturday, October 28
Half Day Members’ Meeting  (RIGS Member Meetings)
American-French Genealogical Society, Woonsocket
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