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:



2024 Annual Meeting Proxy Voting
The Nominating Committee has proposed the slate of officers for 2024/25 and voting will be done remotely by proxy on our website. Voting is available for RIGS Members only on the 2024 RIGS Annual Meeting Proxy page. You must be logged in to access the page. Deadline for voting is on or before Thursday, May 16, 2024. There will be no in person voting and the results will be announced at the Annual Meeting.

RIGS 2024 Annual Meeting
Mark your calendar! The 2024 RIGS Annual Meeting will be held on 18-May-2024 and will be held at New England Institute of Technology, 1 New England Tech Boulevard, East Greenwich, RI 02818 from 8:30am to 3:00pm. Further details , including directions, speakers and information on the current slate of officers and proxy voting can be found on our Events Page.

Special Sale of RIGS Publications
SPRING BUNDLE OF NEWPORT BOOKS While supplies last, a bundle of two hardcover books and four paperback Gleanings will be available at the special price of $49. Take advantage of this bargain before it sells out! Check out this limited time offer at the RIGS Online Bookstore!!

New Addition to Online Store
Mallet and Chisel: 18th Century Gravestones Carvers of Newport, Rhode Island. This 352 page hardcover book is a 2023 reprint of the original which sold out. See details and order at the Online Bookstore here:

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 the end of 2023, are available on our website on the Downloads (Members Only) section of the menu.