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 $10 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).
You may request research to be done for you at the rate of $25 per hour. Call 401-253-7223 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
THE NEXT MEETING IS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th AT 9 AM.
The Society has a Genealogy Club which meets at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month (except for July and August) which anyone may join at no charge. If the Saturday falls on a holiday weekend, the group will meet the following Saturday.
Open To All - Just walk In and join the group or send an email to: email@example.com and request to be added to the Genealogy Club Mailing List for notices about upcoming meetings, general genealogical events throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and other information shared between members.
Individual Review of Research Problems
We have a very lively group and we devote a portion of each meeting to our "brick wall roundtable" to help members with their individual research problems. The idea is for members to present their latest "brick wall" so others can help you to decide what to do next. The purpose of this short session is not to review an entire family history nor is it to actually solve the entire brick wall but is instead to give ideas on HOW to solve it.
The Bristol PHOENIX Newspaper is an additional resource for genealogists tracing Bristol ancestors. Check out the DIGITAL ARCHIVE OF THE BRISTOL PHOENIX which is indexed back to 1833 and you may search by year or browse by keyword. Go to: http://bristol.advantage-preservation.com
OCEAN STATE LIBRARY CARD: Rhode Island residents with an Ocean State library card have access to many free online genealogical resources including:
The Heritage Quest Collection consists of five core data sets:
Links to the following content are also available to the following collections:
The Society has files for the following Rhode Island families. In addition, some genealogical charts are also located in the Library. Please call in advance so that the Librarian or a volunteer will be on site to pull files for you. List current as of May 2016.
Andrews, Robert, Sylvia, Eliza
Bache, Evelyn and family
Black – see Trotter – Black
Bosworth Family See: Gardens, Bristol History of
Bradford Family – LeBaron family See: Gardens, Bristol – History of
Bradford, Leonard Jarvis
Bradford, William, Senator
Bragg, Henry, John
Briggs, see Goodwin Family
Briggs, Ruth, Col. – see Embroideries
Bristed, John, the Reverend
Brown, see Paine – Brown Family, also Moses Brown Ives
Brown Family, “The Browns of Providence” by George C. Hull
Brownell Family, letter by Geo. Howe
Bullock, Emma Wescott , see also Wescott, Stukeley
Burnham Family, see also War, Civil War, Burnham letter
Byfield, Nathaniel Family
Cady Family – occupants of Jail Building
Calder, see also Gladding – Smith - Calder
Chase Family of Prudence Island
Church Family, see also Warren Family
Church, Capt. William Howe
Clark, Jeremy of Newport
Coggeshall and Allied Families
Coit, David A. & Family, see also Goodwin See also Scrimshaw
Cole Family, Bristol & Warren, RI
Colt Family – see files in Document Room under Benson files
Cook Family – Genealogical chart in bottom cupboard
Darling family – see Cuba files in Document Room
DeWolf Family Genealogy
DeWolf family files and History of
DeWolf, General George
DeWolf - Herreshoff, Louise & Katherine
DeWolf, James, will
DeWolf, James A., Dr.
DeWolf, John, Capt. and “Farmer”, genealogical chart for John DeWolf and wife
Susan (Reynolds) DeWolf in bottom cupboard
DeWolf, John – “Norwest”
DeWolf, John, Professor, “Fesser John”
DeWolf, Mark A.
DeWolf, William Henry
DeWolf, William in Cuba, Will and Lawsuit
Diman –Dimand Family
Diman, George Waters - book
Diman, Henry Wight
Diman, Martha - Diary
Dimond, Francis Moore
Dimock, Joseph and family
Doringh Family See: Gardens, Bristol, History of
Drury – Goodwin, Daniel and family
Esleeck – Childs Family
Freeborn, James Thomas, carpenter
Gibson – Knowlton Family
Gladding, Charles & Lillian Family
Gladding, Hawkins Family
Gladding, John – 2 tubes of genealogical charts in bottom cupboard of library
Gladding, Miriam Family
Gladding, Smith, Calder Family
Goodwin, Daniel, see Drury – Goodwin
Goodwin Family – Coit, Briggs and others
Gorham Family – Notes on Providence Line
Gray, Edward of Plymouth
Haffenreffer Family See: Haffenreffer Museum
Hall Family See: Gardens, Bristol, History of.
Halsey Family, see also Winthrop – Halsey
Hawkins, see also Gladding - Hawkins Family
Holbrook – Weaver Family
Howe, Halsey DeWolf, Reverend
Howe, Herbert, Sr. “Reminiscences of Bristol Youth”
Howe, George Locke
Howe, Mark Anthony DeWolf – poetry
Howe, Wallis E.
Howes, Thomas – Genealogical chart in bottom cupboard
Ingraham Family – see also Minturn Family – Genealogical chart in bottom cupboard
James Family of Bristol and Newport, RI. See also John DeWolf, Jr.
Jolls, Thomas Family
Jones Family – Capt. Tom Jones
Kimball, William B.
King, Clement Family
King Phillip or Metacom
Knowlton, Josephine Gibson – see also Gibson. Also Books – Butterballs and
Lawless, Capt. James, died March 29, 1891
Little – Howland Family, see also Russell
Locke, Rev. George Howe – account of voyage to Curacoa
Luther, GilesMacauley, David, artist, author
McCarthy, William (Bill)
Middleton Family, see also Russell See: Gardens, Bristol, History of
Miller Family (Bristol, Mobile, AL) Miller – Smith – two genealogical charts in bottom
Minturn Family – see also DeWolf Family
Morgan, Alice Bell
Morice, Daniel Nathaniel See: Gardens, Bristol, History of
Munro/Monro Family - Two charts in bottom cupboard
Monro, Annie, will listing all belongings and heirs, 1907
Munro, George – Chart in bottom cupboard
Munro, Letters about
Munro, Nathaniel – Revolutionary War Service
Munro, Simeon & Archibald
Munro, Wilfred H.
Munro, William P.
Newton – Toman Family
Oliver, Nathaniel, a founder of Bristol, RI
Oxx Family, book in bookcase
Paine – Brown Family, see also Russell – Genealogical chart in bottom cupboard
Paine, William, Sailmaker
Pardee Family – Alice DeWolf Pardee, Nancy Abercrombie
Peabody – Peabodie - Sisson
Pearse Family – Pearce family chart in bottom cupboard.
Pearse, Lydia, will of 1801
Pearse, Richard Family
Pearse, Samuel Family
Pearse, Capt. William Family
Potter, Hopestill (Reynolds, Walley, Ware)
Potter, Simeon. See also DeWolf
Pratt see ivory, scrimshaw
Rogers – DeWolf Family
Russell, Nathaniel, Jonathan Family, see also Paine Family
Sanford – Howland Connection
Sanford, Louis C., Bishop of San Joaquin, CA
Seymour family – in Cuba files
Sisson Family with George
Smith, Richard D. – son of John Smith from Hartford, CT
Smith Family, Richard Smith of Bristol see also Gladding – Smith Family. Genealogical
chart in bottom cupboard Smith, Benjamin Bosworth, Bishop
Soule, George, of the Mayflower
Southworth Family – see also Church Family
Spalding, Edward – see also Manufacturing, Sugar Refineries
Spooner family – see also Bourne, Manchester, McCaughy
Thayer Family, also Levere, Viera, Breen
Thompson, Cephas, Cephas Giovanni
Thompson Family, Edward, Fireman
Thorp Family – see Cards, Funeral
Throop Family, see also Waldron Family
Toman Family, see Newton – Toman Family
Trotter - Black Family
Usher Family, Hezikiah, Bookseller, and John, Lt. Gov.
Usher Family, Thomas Jefferson
Warren Family see also Church, Southworth
Weaver Family, see also Holbrook – Weaver
Wescott, Stukeley – Bullock, Emma Wescott Family
Williams, Fielding L. Family
Williams, Roger family
Winthrop - Halsey Family
As of December 2015, Fire, Burglar and Security systems at the BHPS are fully installed due to the receipt of a generous $15,000 matching grant from The 1772 Foundation. The BHPS has motion alarms and security cameras throughout the building, has a secured entry alarm system and a fire alarm system that is directly linked to the Town of Bristol Fire Department. As part of its 2015 Matching Grants for Historic Preservation made available to organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island, The 1772 Foundation Grant has enabled the Society to protect its unique research library, its extensive paper document room, the significant portrait collection, and all of the other artifacts throughout the building.
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