Rhode Island Archives: 78 Newspapers for Genealogy Research

If you are researching your ancestry from Rhode Island, you will want to use GenealogyBank’s online RI newspaper archives: 78 titles to help you search your family history in the “Ocean State,” providing coverage from 1732 to Today. There are millions of articles and records in our online Rhode Island newspaper archives!

Photo: Providence, Rhode Island
Photo: Providence, Rhode Island. Credit: Dgreco; 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 – 1960)

Search Rhode Island Recent Obituaries (1981 – Today)

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

Here is the list of Rhode Island newspapers in the online 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.

CityTitleYears of CoverageIssues AvailableCollection
BristolMount Hope Eagle01/10/1807 – 10/08/180842Newspaper Archives
CharlestownCharlestown Press08/03/2006 – 12/05/2013Recent Obituaries
CoventryCoventry Courier01/23/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
CumberlandValley Breeze07/19/2001 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
East GreenwichEast Greenwich Pendulum01/08/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
HopkintonWood River Press08/03/2006 – 02/04/2016Recent Obituaries
Narragansett, South Kingstown, North KingstownIndependent07/16/2003 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
NewportGazette Francoise11/17/1780 – 01/02/17818Newspaper Archives
NewportGuardian of Liberty10/03/1800 – 09/26/180152Newspaper Archives
NewportNewport Gazette01/16/1777 – 12/26/177741Newspaper Archives
NewportNewport Herald03/01/1787 – 09/17/1791236Newspaper Archives
NewportNewport Mercury06/19/1758 – 12/30/18765542Newspaper Archives
NewportRhode-Island Gazette10/04/1732 – 03/01/173315Newspaper Archives
NewportRhode-Island Museum07/07/1794 – 12/29/179422Newspaper Archives
NewportRhode-Island Republican10/03/1801 – 12/29/1803117Newspaper Archives
NewportRhode-Island Republican03/22/1809 – 04/21/18411663Newspaper Archives
NewportWeekly Companion; and the Commercial Centinel05/02/1798 – 07/20/179962Newspaper Archives
NewportWorkingman’s Journal03/08/1853 – 06/07/18532Newspaper Archives
NewportNewport Daily News05/14/2001 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
NewportMercury02/26/2014 – 03/06/2018Recent Obituaries
North KingstownStandard-Times01/01/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
North ProvidenceNorth Providence Breeze02/02/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
PawtucketTimes10/07/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
PawtucketValley Breeze, The: Pawtucket Edition08/19/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
PawtucketBusiness Directory04/30/1853 – 04/30/18531Newspaper Archives
PawtucketNew England Artisan, and Laboring Man’s Repository01/05/1832 – 05/17/183217Newspaper Archives
PawtucketPawtucket Chronicle and Manufacturers’ and Artizans’ Advocate11/12/1825 – 04/19/1839620Newspaper Archives
PawtucketPawtucket Times01/01/1898 – 02/28/19216804Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceProvidence Journal12/23/1981 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ProvidenceAmerican10/21/1808 – 10/17/1809104Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceAmerican Journal and General Advertiser03/18/1779 – 08/29/1781160Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceCampaign Journal04/01/1861 – 04/01/18611Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceChristian Soldier03/16/1842 – 04/13/18422Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceChristian Telescope08/07/1824 – 10/02/1828206Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceChurch Union06/19/1874 – 03/11/18752Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceClark’s Counterfeit Expositor, and Weekly Miscellany07/09/1831 – 07/09/18311Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceColumbian Phenix02/28/1807 – 01/08/1814360Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceExtinguisher08/25/1840 – 08/25/18401Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceGaspee Torch Light08/14/1840 – 10/29/184011Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceGeneral Advertiser12/18/1847 – 11/14/186822Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceGospel Messenger11/28/1840 – 11/20/184152Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceImpartial Observer08/11/1800 – 03/06/180271Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceIndependent Inquirer08/28/1823 – 08/20/1830185Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceLiterary Cadet and Rhode Island Statesman04/22/1826 – 07/18/1829288Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceManufacturers’ and Farmers’ Journal01/03/1820 – 09/18/18762395Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceMicrocosm, American and Gazette04/17/1830 – 03/30/1833119Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceNew Age and Constitutional Advocate11/20/1840 – 03/08/184252Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceNew England Artisan, and Laboring Man’s Repository05/24/1832 – 10/18/183221Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceProvidence Evening Press03/14/1859 – 11/13/18785509Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceProvidence Gazette10/20/1762 – 10/08/18253524Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceProvidence Journal and Town and Country Advertiser01/02/1799 – 12/30/1801157Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceProvidence Patriot01/15/1814 – 12/27/18341695Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceProvidence Phoenix04/28/1802 – 02/21/1807249Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceReligious Intelligencer and Christian Monitor05/13/1820 – 11/04/182026Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceRepublican Herald12/15/1832 – 12/04/18521117Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceRhode Island Free Democrat11/25/1852 – 11/11/18536Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceRhode Island Press06/29/1861 – 12/29/1877365Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceRhode-Island American10/20/1809 – 02/01/18332424Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceRhode-Island Farmer08/09/1804 – 01/31/180512Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceRhode-Island Religious Intelligencer05/26/1821 – 11/13/1824182Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceState Gazette and Town and Country Advertiser01/04/1796 – 07/02/179652Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceUnited States Chronicle01/01/1784 – 05/17/18041062Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceProvidence Journal: Web Edition Articles12/17/2016 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
ProvidenceProvidence Journal01/01/1950 – 12/31/19604017Newspaper Archives
ProvidenceEvening Bulletin05/01/1891 – 05/01/18911Newspaper Archives
SmithfieldValley Breeze & Observer02/02/2006 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
State-Wide CountyRhode Island Lawyers Weekly03/18/2002 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WakefieldNarragansett Times01/21/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WarrenBristol County Register03/11/1809 – 03/31/181044Newspaper Archives
WarrenHerald of the United States01/14/1792 – 12/12/1812556Newspaper Archives
WarrenNorthern Star, and Farmers’ and Mechanics’ Advocate06/25/1831 – 06/16/1849180Newspaper Archives
WarrenTelescope11/06/1813 – 06/28/181780Newspaper Archives
West WarwickKent County Daily Times06/07/2008 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WesterlyWesterly Pawcatuck Press07/01/2009 – 03/31/2016Recent Obituaries
WesterlyWesterly Sun04/27/2000 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WoonsocketCall10/08/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries
WoonsocketCourrier du Rhode-Island : Organe des Populations de Langue Francaise03/18/1874 – 03/18/18741Newspaper Archives
WyomingChariho Times01/29/2009 – CurrentRecent Obituaries

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