Rhode Island Genealogical Society

Welcome to RIGS

Welcome to the Rhode Island Genealogical Society web site.


Although Rhode Island is a small state, we have a rich history and heritage.  RIGS is focused on helping our members research their ancestors and preserve their family histories.

Please browse the abundance of resources and services that RIGS provides our members, and, if you have not already joined, please consider becoming a member. 


You can find out more using any of the menu options on the left or by visiting one of the pages below:



Rhode Island Genealogical Society Book Sale
Saturday, April 22nd. 2023, 10am to 2pm

530 West Reach Drive Jamestown, RI 02835

These books include genealogies, histories, cemetery books and more covering Rhode Island, New England and some other areas of the country. The sale is open to librarians, RIGS members and the general public.

2023 NERGC Conference
Mark your Calendar!! The New England Regional Genealogical Conference, planned for Springfield, Mass. May 3-6, 2023 will explore the theme, "Missing Branches Are Not the End of the Line.". See the details on the NERGC website.

RIGS 2023 Annual Meeting
Mark your calendar! The 2023 RIGS Annual Meeting will be held on 21-May-2023. This will be a hybrid meeting. Further details about the times, speakers and location will be forthcoming shortly. Stay tuned to this space for details.

RI Roots and Gleanings Available on the Website
A reminder that all four issues of RI Roots as well as the annual edition of Gleanings electronic pdf files from past years, right up through March 2023, are available on our website on the Downloads (Members Only) section of the menu.

Give a Gift Membership
If you have friends, family, or coworkers who have expressed an interest in exploring their RI Roots, a membership to RIGS makes a great gift.

A new gift membership form has been created so that you can easily give the gift of a RIGS membership at a discounted price.