Rhode Island Archives: 52 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

Though small in size, Rhode Island has been part of United States history from the very beginning; it was one of the original Thirteen Colonies. Rhode Island is the smallest state in the Union and the eighth least populous. However, it is second only to New Jersey in terms of being the most densely populated state.

photo of Narragansett Towers & Narragansett Town Beach, Rhode Island

Photo: Narragansett Towers & Narragansett Town Beach, Rhode Island. Source: Wikimedia Commons

If you are researching your ancestry from Rhode Island, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online RI newspaper archives: 52 titles to help you search your family history in “The Ocean State,” providing coverage from 1732 to Today. There are more than 4.2 million articles and records in our online Rhode Island archives!

Dig deep into our archives and search for historical and recent obituaries and other news articles about your Rhode Island ancestors in these RI newspapers online. Our Rhode Island newspapers are divided into two collections: Historical Newspapers (complete paper) and Recent Obituaries (obituaries only).

Search Rhode Island Newspaper Archives (1732 – 1921)

Search Rhode Island Recent Obituaries (1981 – Current)

Newspaper Factoid: First published in 1829, the Providence Journal is the oldest continuously-published daily newspaper in the United States. Be sure to check it out in our archives, along with some of the older 1700s and 1800s Rhode Island newspaper publications.

illustration of the state flag of Rhode Island

Illustration: state flag of Rhode Island. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a list of online Rhode Island newspapers in the archives. Each newspaper title in this list is an active link that will take you directly to that paper’s search page, where you can begin searching for your ancestors by surnames, dates, keywords and more. The RI newspaper titles are listed alphabetically by city.

City Title Date Range* Collection
Bristol Mount Hope Eagle 1/10/1807 – 10/8/1808 Newspaper Archives
Charlestown Charlestown Press 8/3/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Coventry Coventry Courier 1/23/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cumberland Valley Breeze 3/8/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
East Greenwich East Greenwich Pendulum 1/8/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hopkinton Wood River Press 8/3/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Newport Newport Mercury 6/19/1758 – 12/30/1876 Newspaper Archives
Newport Rhode-Island Republican 10/3/1801 – 4/21/1841 Newspaper Archives
Newport Newport Herald 3/1/1787 – 9/17/1791 Newspaper Archives
Newport Weekly Companion; and the Commercial Centinel 5/2/1798 – 7/20/1799 Newspaper Archives
Newport Guardian of Liberty 10/3/1800 – 9/26/1801 Newspaper Archives
Newport Rhode-Island Museum 7/7/1794 – 12/29/1794 Newspaper Archives
Newport Newport Gazette 1/16/1777 – 12/26/1777 Newspaper Archives
Newport Rhode-Island Gazette 10/4/1732 – 3/1/1733 Newspaper Archives
Newport Gazette Francoise 11/17/1780 – 1/2/1781 Newspaper Archives
North Kingstown Standard-Times 1/1/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Providence North Providence Breeze 3/8/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pawtucket Pawtucket Times 1/1/1898 – 2/28/1921 Newspaper Archives
Pawtucket Valley Breeze, The: Pawtucket Edition 8/19/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pawtucket Times 10/7/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Providence Providence Evening Press 3/14/1859 – 11/13/1878 Newspaper Archives
Providence Rhode-Island American 10/20/1809 – 2/1/1833 Newspaper Archives
Providence Providence Patriot 1/15/1814 – 12/27/1834 Newspaper Archives
Providence Providence Gazette 10/20/1762 – 10/8/1825 Newspaper Archives
Providence Rhode Island Press 6/29/1861 – 12/29/1877 Newspaper Archives
Providence United States Chronicle 1/1/1784 – 5/17/1804 Newspaper Archives
Providence Manufacturers’ and Farmers’ Journal 1/3/1820 – 9/18/1876 Newspaper Archives
Providence Columbian Phenix 2/28/1807 – 1/8/1814 Newspaper Archives
Providence Independent Inquirer 8/28/1823 – 8/20/1830 Newspaper Archives
Providence Literary Cadet and Rhode-Island Statesman 4/22/1826 – 7/18/1829 Newspaper Archives
Providence Providence Phoenix 4/28/1802 – 2/21/1807 Newspaper Archives
Providence Microcosm 4/17/1830 – 3/30/1833 Newspaper Archives
Providence Providence Journal and Town and Country Advertiser 1/2/1799 – 12/30/1801 Newspaper Archives
Providence American 10/21/1808 – 10/17/1809 Newspaper Archives
Providence New Age and Constitutional Advocate 11/20/1840 – 3/8/1842 Newspaper Archives
Providence American Journal and General Advertiser 3/18/1779 – 8/29/1781 Newspaper Archives
Providence Rhode-Island Religious Intelligencer 5/24/1822 – 5/14/1824 Newspaper Archives
Providence Impartial Observer 8/11/1800 – 3/6/1802 Newspaper Archives
Providence State Gazette and Town and Country Advertiser 1/4/1796 – 7/2/1796 Newspaper Archives
Providence Rhode-Island Farmer 8/9/1804 – 1/31/1805 Newspaper Archives
Providence Religious Intelligencer 5/13/1820 – 11/4/1820 Newspaper Archives
Providence Providence Journal 12/23/1981 – Current Recent Obituaries
Smithfield Valley Breeze & Observer 3/8/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wakefield Narragansett Times 1/21/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Warren Herald of the United States 1/14/1792 – 12/12/1812 Newspaper Archives
Warren Bristol County Register 3/11/1809 – 3/31/1810 Newspaper Archives
Warren Telescope 11/6/1813 – 6/28/1817 Newspaper Archives
West Warwick Kent County Daily Times 6/7/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Westerly Westerly Pawcatuck Press 7/1/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Westerly Westerly Sun 4/27/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Woonsocket Call 10/8/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Wyoming Chariho Times 1/29/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries

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Handy Quick List: 40 Rhode Island Newspapers Now Online

GenealogyBank is rapidly growing—we now have over 40 Rhode Island newspapers online for you to trace your genealogy. That’s a lot of local RI papers!

Search for your ancestors in multiple newspaper titles from Providence, Newport and other popular cities in Rhode Island. Here is the complete list of RI newspapers currently available in our archives. Bookmark this list of Rhode Island newspapers that is frequently updated to stay abreast of newly added titles.

City

Title

Date Range

Collection

Bristol Mount Hope Eagle 1/10/1807 – 10/8/1808 Historical Newspapers
Charlestown Charlestown Press 8/3/2006 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Coventry Coventry Courier 1/14/2011 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Cumberland Valley Breeze 7/19/2001 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
East Greenwich East Greenwich Pendulum 1/20/2011 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Hopkinton Wood River Press 8/3/2006 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Newport Companion 5/2/1798 – 7/20/1799 Historical Newspapers
Newport Gazette Francoise 11/17/1780 – 1/2/1781 Historical Newspapers
Newport Guardian of Liberty 10/3/1800 – 9/26/1801 Historical Newspapers
Newport Newport Gazette 1/16/1777 – 12/26/1777 Historical Newspapers
Newport Newport Herald 3/1/1787 – 9/17/1791 Historical Newspapers
Newport Newport Mercury 6/19/1758 – 12/30/1876 Historical Newspapers
Newport Rhode-Island Gazette 10/4/1732 – 3/1/1733 Historical Newspapers
Newport Rhode-Island Museum 7/7/1794 – 12/29/1794 Historical Newspapers
Newport Rhode-Island Republican 10/3/1801 – 4/21/1841 Historical Newspapers
North Kingstown Standard-Times 1/20/2011 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
North Providence North Providence Breeze 2/2/2006 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Pawtucket Pawtucket Times 1/1/1898 – 2/28/1921 Historical Newspapers
Pawtucket Times 10/7/2009 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Pawtucket Valley Breeze, The: Pawtucket Edition 8/19/2009 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Providence American 10/21/1808 – 10/17/1809 Historical Newspapers
Providence American Journal 3/18/1779 – 8/29/1781 Historical Newspapers
Providence Columbian Phenix 1/2/1808 – 1/8/1814 Historical Newspapers
Providence Impartial Observer 8/11/1800 – 3/6/1802 Historical Newspapers
Providence Literary Cadet and Rhode-Island Statesman 4/22/1826 – 7/18/1829 Historical Newspapers
Providence Manufacturers’ & Farmers’ Journal 1/3/1820 – 9/18/1876 Historical Newspapers
Providence Microcosm, American and Gazette 4/17/1830 – 6/5/1830 Historical Newspapers
Providence Providence Evening Press 3/14/1859 – 11/13/1878 Historical Newspapers
Providence Providence Gazette 8/31/1762 – 10/8/1825 Historical Newspapers
Providence Providence Journal 1/2/1799 – 12/30/1801 Historical Newspapers
Providence Providence Patriot 1/15/1814 – 12/27/1834 Historical Newspapers
Providence Providence Phoenix 4/28/1802 – 12/26/1807 Historical Newspapers
Providence Religious Intelligencer 5/13/1820 – 11/4/1820 Historical Newspapers
Providence Rhode-Island American 10/20/1809 – 2/1/1833 Historical Newspapers
Providence State Gazette 1/4/1796 – 7/2/1796 Historical Newspapers
Providence United States Chronicle 1/1/1784 – 5/17/1804 Historical Newspapers
Smithfield Valley Breeze & Observer 2/2/2006 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Wakefield Narragansett Times 1/21/2009 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Warren Bristol County Register 3/11/1809 – 3/31/1810 Historical Newspapers
Warren Herald of the United States 1/14/1792 – 12/12/1812 Historical Newspapers
Warren Telescope 11/6/1813 – 6/28/1817 Historical Newspapers
West Warwick Kent County Daily Times 1/22/2011 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Westerly Westerly Pawcatuck Press 7/1/2009 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Westerly Westerly Sun 4/27/2000 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Woonsocket Call 10/8/2009 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Wyoming Chariho Times 1/20/2011 – Current Newspaper Obituaries