Rhode Island Archives: 69 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

If you are researching your ancestry from Rhode Island, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online RI newspaper archives: 69 titles to help you search your family history in the “Ocean State,” providing coverage from 1732 to Today. There are more than 4.5 million articles and records in our online Rhode Island newspaper archives!

Photo: Narragansett Towers and Narragansett Town Beach, Rhode Island
Photo: Narragansett Towers and Narragansett Town Beach, Rhode Island. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Dig deep into our online archives and search for historical and recent obituaries and other news articles about your ancestors from Rhode Island in these newspapers. Our RI 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)

Illustration: Rhode Island state flag
Illustration: Rhode Island state flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Here is a complete list of Rhode Island newspapers in the online historical 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.

CityTitleDate Range * Collection
BristolMount Hope Eagle01/10/1807 – 10/08/1808Newspaper Archives
CharlestownCharlestown Press08/03/2006 – 12/05/2013Recent Obituaries
CoventryCoventry Courier01/23/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CumberlandValley Breeze03/08/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
East GreenwichEast Greenwich Pendulum01/08/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HopkintonWood River Press08/03/2006 – 02/04/2016Recent Obituaries
NewportWorkingman’s Journal03/08/1853 – 06/07/1853Newspaper Archives
NewportWeekly Companion; and the Commercial Centinel05/02/1798 – 07/20/1799Newspaper Archives
NewportRhode-Island Republican03/22/1809 – 04/21/1841Newspaper Archives
NewportRhode-Island Republican10/03/1801 – 12/29/1803Newspaper Archives
NewportRhode-Island Museum07/07/1794 – 12/29/1794Newspaper Archives
NewportRhode-Island Gazette10/04/1732 – 03/01/1733Newspaper Archives
NewportNewport Mercury06/19/1758 – 12/30/1876Newspaper Archives
NewportNewport Herald03/01/1787 – 09/17/1791Newspaper Archives
NewportNewport Gazette01/16/1777 – 12/26/1777Newspaper Archives
NewportGuardian of Liberty10/03/1800 – 09/26/1801Newspaper Archives
NewportGazette Francoise11/17/1780 – 01/02/1781Newspaper Archives
North KingstownStandard-Times01/01/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
North ProvidenceNorth Providence Breeze03/08/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
PawtucketValley Breeze, The: Pawtucket Edition08/19/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
PawtucketTimes10/07/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
PawtucketPawtucket Times01/01/1898 – 02/28/1921Newspaper Archives
PawtucketPawtucket Chronicle and Manufacturers’ and Artizans’ Advocate11/12/1825 – 04/19/1839Newspaper Archives
PawtucketNew England Artisan, and Laboring Man’s Repository01/05/1832 – 05/17/1832Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceUnited States Chronicle01/01/1784 – 05/17/1804Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceState Gazette and Town and Country Advertiser01/04/1796 – 07/02/1796Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceRhode-Island Religious Intelligencer05/26/1821 – 11/13/1824Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceRhode-Island Farmer08/09/1804 – 01/31/1805Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceRhode-Island American10/20/1809 – 02/01/1833Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceRhode Island Press06/29/1861 – 12/29/1877Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceRepublican Herald12/15/1832 – 12/04/1852Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceReligious Intelligencer and Christian Monitor05/13/1820 – 11/04/1820Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceProvidence Phoenix04/28/1802 – 02/21/1807Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceProvidence Patriot01/15/1814 – 12/27/1834Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceProvidence Journal and Town and Country Advertiser01/02/1799 – 12/30/1801Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceProvidence Journal12/23/1981 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ProvidenceProvidence Gazette10/20/1762 – 10/08/1825Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceProvidence Evening Press03/14/1859 – 11/13/1878Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceNew England Artisan, and Laboring Man’s Repository05/24/1832 – 10/18/1832Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceNew Age and Constitutional Advocate11/20/1840 – 03/08/1842Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceMicrocosm, American and Gazette04/17/1830 – 03/30/1833Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceManufacturers’ and Farmers’ Journal01/03/1820 – 09/18/1876Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceLiterary Cadet and Rhode Island Statesman04/22/1826 – 07/18/1829Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceIndependent Inquirer08/28/1823 – 08/20/1830Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceImpartial Observer08/11/1800 – 03/06/1802Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceGospel Messenger11/28/1840 – 11/20/1841Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceGeneral Advertiser12/18/1847 – 11/14/1868Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceGaspee Torch Light08/14/1840 – 10/29/1840Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceExtinguisher08/25/1840 – 08/25/1840Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceColumbian Phenix02/28/1807 – 01/08/1814Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceClark’s Counterfeit Expositor, and Weekly Miscellany07/09/1831 – 07/09/1831Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceChurch Union06/19/1874 – 03/11/1875Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceChristian Telescope08/07/1824 – 10/02/1828Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceChristian Soldier03/16/1842 – 04/13/1842Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceCampaign Journal04/01/1861 – 04/01/1861Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceAmerican Journal and General Advertiser03/18/1779 – 08/29/1781Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceAmerican10/21/1808 – 10/17/1809Newspaper Archives
SmithfieldValley Breeze & Observer03/08/2007 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WakefieldNarragansett Times01/21/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WarrenTelescope11/06/1813 – 06/28/1817Newspaper Archives
WarrenNorthern Star, and Farmers’ and Mechanics’ Advocate06/25/1831 – 06/16/1849Newspaper Archives
WarrenHerald of the United States01/14/1792 – 12/12/1812Newspaper Archives
WarrenBristol County Register03/11/1809 – 03/31/1810Newspaper Archives
West WarwickKent County Daily Times06/07/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WesterlyWesterly Sun04/27/2000 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WesterlyWesterly Pawcatuck Press07/01/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WoonsocketCourrier du Rhode-Island : Organe des Populations de Langue Francaise03/18/1874 – 03/18/1874Newspaper Archives
WoonsocketCall10/08/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WyomingChariho Times01/29/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries

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