Before beginning to try to locate your Rhode Island ancestors, it is best to
prepare a list of questions and develop a research strategy. There are several
publications and online guides that can make the task easier and more
productive. Let’s examine how and why you would want to use these resources.
There are two publications relating to specific topics that should be
consulted before planning Rhode Island research. In both cases the material
covered in these items is not adequately discussed in any of the earlier
If in doubt about what other published materials exist on specific Rhode
Island topics, consult Parks’s bibliography, cited above, or the online catalog
of the Higher Education Library
Information Network, or visit the NEHGS library.