This database collection includes the census returns for the years 1865, 1875, 1885, 1915, 1925, and 1935. These records, organized by town, contain information about each individual residing in a household, and most years state the relationship between each person and the head of household. (Relationship information is not available in the 1865 or 1935 censuses.) Other details provided in most years include age, gender, race, place of birth, and occupation. The 1865 census includes information on military service, and educational status is recorded in the 1865, 1875, and 1935 censuses. The 1935 census also mentions details about the medical history of an individual’s family. Together, these six censuses include more than 2.75 million records.
Rhode Island state censuses were taken every ten years between 1865 and 1935. State census records were taken to supplement the federal census, and they can include additional or more detailed information to further document your family history. The Rhode Island State Archives houses microfilm copies of all the state’s census records, and the Rhode Island Historical Society’s holdings also include microfilm copies of the state censuses for 1865-1885. The NEHGS library in Boston also has microfilm copies of each of the state censuses included in this database.
Other Rhode Island databases available through our digital collections include Rhode Island Vital Records, 1636-1850; Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries Database Index; and Rhode Island Roots.
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