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Rhode Island Roots Vol. 16-20

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When Rhode Island Roots began publication in 1975, the publication served both as a newsletter for the newly formed Rhode Island Genealogical Society (RIGS) and as an aid to careful genealogical research. While it was short and unsophisticated in design, Roots was a serious publication assembled by people with considerable genealogical experience. This update includes volumes 16-20, publication years 1990-1994, and adds more than 15,000 records to this collection. 

Each issue of the quarterly journal, now 52 pages, features at least one compiled genealogy along with Bible records, transcriptions of original sources, book reviews, and studies of the genealogical implications of historical events. Indices of land and Notarial records and petitions to the General Assembly, transcriptions of estimates of ratable estate, gravestones, and early census records all provide invaluable clues to Rhode Island genealogy. The authors include well-known genealogists as well as RIGS members with stories of their own families to tell. 

Other Rhode Island databases available through our digital collections include Rhode Island Vital Records, 1636-1850; Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Database Index; and Members of the Artillery Company of Newport, Rhode Island.

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The Mayflower Descendant, Vol. 41-45

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The Mayflower DescendantVolumes 41 to 45 of the The Mayflower Descendant (publication years 1991-1995) are now available to search. Additional volumes will continue to be added regularly throughout the year. With the addition of these volumes, The Mayflower Descendant database now contains more than 280,000 records.

The Mayflower Descendant has been published by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants since 1899. It is an essential source of information on many New England families, and its focus is not limited to those with Mayflower lineage. The journal includes transcriptions and abstracts of deeds, wills, vital records, and other original documents. In addition, it features compiled genealogies and analytical studies of genealogical problems.

Other databases related to New England families during this time period include the following: Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633; Early Families of New England; and the New England Historical and Genealogical Register.

Some of the publications available through our bookstore related to early New England families include the following: New Englanders in the 1600s; Genealogical Notes: First Settlers of Connecticut and Massachusetts; and Mayflower Births and Deaths.

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