The Society's Genealogy Club meets at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month except for July and August. There is no cost to be a member of the Club and is open to all. All meetings unless otherwise specified are held at Society Headquarters at 48 Court Street, Bristol, RI.
To do genealogical research at the Society during open hours, it is necessary to call in advance to be sure there is a staff member or a volunteer with knowledge of the Library and the Document Room to assist you. If needed, a special appointment may be arranged on other days. Basic research in the Library and Document Room is free to Society members. There is a per diem charge for non-members.
The Society has primary resource documents and books on many Rhode Island families in addition to local family genealogies (see list below). The Library has the complete and invaluable set of James N. Arnold's Vital Records of Rhode Island, 1636-1850. This resource is also available at HeritageQuest, an online library accessible for free for RI residents with their Ocean State library card (see below).
OCEAN STATE LIBRARY CARD: Rhode Island residents with an Ocean State library card have access to many free online genealogical resources including:
- www.ancestry.com at Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope Street, Bristol, RI. Will need to use the Library's computers to log on and access is free. Hours are: Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- HeritageQuest.com is a library within itself and may be accessed for free online at the Pawtucket Public Library website from your home computer using your Ocean State library card id #. Go to www.pawtucketlibrary.org and click on E-Resources at the top and scroll down to Genealogical Resources. This opens a page with many links, some of which are private membership organizations and will require a paid membership. Scroll down to HeritageQuest online and click the "Connect Now Remotely" link and enter your Ocean State library card id #