State of Rhode Island
County & City Government Records

State of Rhode Island Quick Facts
Statehood May 29, 1790 (13th)
Counties 5
Capital Providence
Land Area 1,214 Sq Miles (50th)
Population (2012) 1,050,292 (43rd)
U.S. House Delegation 2 (D2 - R0)
Governor Lincoln Chafee (D) Office
Lt. Governor Elizabeth H. Roberts (D) Office
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis (D) Office
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin (D) Office
State Flower Viola
State Tree Acer rubrum
State Song Rhode Island's It for Me ” 
State Bird Rhode Island Red
State Nickname The Ocean State, Little Rhody
State Motto Hope

Rhode Island Government records address a wide range of genealogy subjects that can help you in your research, such as land ownership, courts, taxes, and naturalizations. Due to the fact Rhode Island court records cover a wide selection of topics, they can help you in many various ways. Such as, they may help you find ancestors' residences, confirm occupations, locate financial information, establish citizenship status, or make clear relationships between people. The whole thing will depend on on what kind of court records that your particular ancestors" names can be found in. For Definitions of all court trems see the Genealogy Encyclopedia.

Rhode Island County records vary greatly from county to county in both level of quality and volume. One can find four types of court records that are in all likelihood to have information applicable in your genealogical research.

Although Rhode Island is divided into counties, it does not have any local government at the county level. Instead, local governance is provided by the eight cities and thirty-one towns. Counties in Rhode Island have had no governmental functions since 1846 other than as court administrative and sheriff corrections boundaries which are part of state government. Rhode Island State Government is located in Providence.

Rhode Island's 39 cities and towns

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