OTHER GENEALOGY RESOURCES
Bristol County, Rhode Island
Societies and Family History Resources ∣ County Courthouse and Government Records ∣ County Genealogy Links
Bristol County was established on February 17, 1747 from Newport County. Created from land gained from Bristol County, Massachusetts.
The Bristol County Seat is situated in Bristol.
Areas adjoining Bristol County are Bristol County, Massachusetts, Providence County, Kent County, Newport County.
Bristol County vital records can be found at the Rhode Island Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Rhode Island for current fees and application process. Please be advised that in most cases you will receive your records more quickly from the City and Town locations than from the State Office
You can search online for Bristol County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Rhode Island Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.
Bristol County includes Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules are available for 1790-1890, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
Bristol Co. Mortality Schedules can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bristol Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules is available for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bristol Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be obtained for 1890. You will discover free down loadable in addition to printable census forms to aid with your research.
Bristol County Society and Family History Resources
A list of Bristol County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- Rhode Island Genealogy Network Community (plus.google.com)
- Rhode Island State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Barrington Preservation Society, P.O. Box 178, 281 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806; TEL: (401) 247-3770
- Bristol Historical And Preservation Society Library & Museum, 48 Court Street, Bristol, RI 02809; Phone: (401) 253-7223
- Massasoit Historical Association, Post Office Box 203, Warren, Rhode Island 02885
- Bristol County, Rhode Island Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com)
- Bristol County, Rhode Island Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
- USGenWeb Archives for Bristol County (usgwarchives.net)
Bristol County Courthouse and Government Records
Researchers frequently overlook the importance of Bristol County court, probate, and land files as a resource of genealogy information. Hidden away in Rhode Island courthouses and archives everywhere are often the ambitions and frustrations of the many Rhode Island men and women.
The chances are very good that your chosen ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least a number of elements of their lives in the Bristol County court records. Even if your forebears is not brought up in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other methods that could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.
Bristol County Links
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources related to Bristol County. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a directory that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to furnish your own most popular Bristol County genealogy or family history associated sites.
Bristol Co. RI Books, Newspapers & Publications
- Rhode Island Newspapers Books & Publications Research Guide
- Rhode island historical newspaper archives online (newspapers.com)
- Historical Newspapers from Rhode Island (1732–1921) (genealogybank.com)
- Bristol County, Rhode Island Books (amazon.com)
- Search Rhode Island Obituaries (1985 to current) (genealogybank.com)
- Bristol County Genealogy Books (books.google.com)
Bristol Co. RI Birth, Marriage & Death Records
- Rhode Island Vital Records Research Guide
- Rhode Island, Deaths and Burials, 1802-1950 (familysearch.org)
- Rhode Island, Marriages, 1724-1916 (familysearch.org)
- Rhode Island, Births and Christenings, 1600-1914 (familysearch.org)
- Social Security Death Index (search.ancestry.com)
Bristol Co. RI Court, Probate Land and Tax Records
- Rhode Island Court Records Research Guide
- BLM Land Records (glorecords.blm.gov)
Bristol Co. RI Census Records
- Rhode Island Census Records Research Guide
- Bristol County, RI Census Records Links
- State Census Records (familysearch.org) 1885, 1905, 1915, 1925, 1935
- Rhode Island Census, 1740-1890 (search.ancestry.com)
- Bristol County, RI Census QuickFacts
Bristol Co. RI Cemeteries & Church Records
- Rhode Island Cemetery Research Guide
- The Juniper Hill Cemetery (search.ancestry.com)
- Bristol Co., Rhode Island Graves (findagrave.com)
- Bristol County Tombstone Transcription Project (usgwtombstones.org)
- Bristol Co., Rhode Island Cemeteries (Internment.net)
- Topographic Cemetery List and Map for Bristol County, Rhode Island
- Bristol Co., Rhode Island Cemetery Books (amazon.com)
- Rhode Island Church & Bible Research Guide
- Topographic Church List and Map for Bristol County, Rhode Island
- Bristol County, Rhode Island Church Books (amazon.com)
Bristol Co. RI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories
- Genealogies of Rhode Island Families, Vol. I (search.ancestry.com)
- Rhode Island Family Group Sheet Project (fgs-project.com)
Bristol Co. RI General and History Websites
- See Also State History for Rhode Island
- Bristol County, Rhode Island Wikipedia (wikipedia.org)
- A history of Barrington, Rhode Island (search.ancestry.com)
- Sketches of old Bristol (search.ancestry.com)
- Rehoboth Area, Bristol County, Massachusetts History (search.ancestry.com)
- Tales of an old sea port : a general sketch of the history of Bristol, Rhode Island, including, incidentally, an account of the (search.ancestry.com)
- The origin and progress of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Warren, R.I. : including notices of many clergymen and others who (search.ancestry.com)
- Bristol County, Rhode Island Wiki (familysearch.org)
- Bristol Co. RI Genealogy (kindredtrails.com)
- Family History Library (familysearch.org)
- Bristol County, Rhode Island (linkpendium.com)
- Cyndi’s List – United States – Rhode Island – Counties – Bristol (cyndislist.com)
- Bristol County Rhode Island (genealogytrails.com)
- Bristol Co. RIGenweb (rootsweb.ancestry.com)
- Bristol County Genealogy Queries (cousinconnect.com)
- Bristol Co. Data Collections (search.ancestry.com)
Bristol Co. RI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers
- See Also Map of Rhode Island Links and Information
- 1895 Bristol County Map (livgenmi.com)
Bristol Co. RI Military Records
- Rhode Island Military Records Research Guide
- Rhode Island Military Records (fold3.com) gives you access to military records, stories, photos, and personal documents belonging to the Rhode Island men and women which served. Great for Bristol County genealogists, researchers, historians and more.
Bristol Co. RI Schools & Directories
- Rhode Island City Directories (search.ancestry.com)
- Directory of churches and religious organizations of Rhode Island (search.ancestry.com)