Our first collection of Rhode Island history and genealogy is
Here's what this volume contains:
The Early Records of the Town of Warwick
A truly fascinating historical document, and
centerpiece of this collection! It's the 1926 transcription
of these 17th century records, translated from the original "Gorton
shorthand" -- including examples of the shorthand itself. 362 pages, including four indexes.
It's not been historically proven, but the assumption is that these minutes
and notes were taken by Samuel Gorton himself.
If you've got ancestors from the "Gorton
country" in Rhode Island, you may very well find them in this volume.
Some of the surnames with the most entries are Arnold, Calverly, Carder,
Gorton, Greene, Holden, Holliman, Lippitt, Potter, Smith, Stafford, Sweet,
Todd, Townsend, Warner, Westcott, and Wicks, but there are lots more as
well. To help you decide if the person or place (there's a separate
index of place names) is included in this volume, we've provided the indexes
from the volume here on the website so you can check. Please
take a look at the indexes to Early
Records of the Town of Warwick; they will help you decide whether the
information in this volume will be of use to you.
Tax Book and Valuation of Property, Town of West
Greenwich, for 1889.
Only 21 pages in length, but lots of names and, of particular interest,
includes notes about
the properties being valued (e.g. standing timber on ___ property, etc.).
In addition to real and personal property valuations by owner's name, there's a
highway tax list, a poll tax list, the treasurer's report (including the
school fund and the dog fund), and a list of the town officers. Lots
of familiar Rhode Island names in this one! Useful for any genealogist
or family historian with an interest in West Greenwich in this period.
Minutes of the Rhode Island
Congregational Conference, held with the Congregational Church,
This 68 page volume also includes the
minutes of the autumn 1876 meeting. This book includes more than its title suggests. The contents include the notices and constitution
customary in such books, the minutes of the two meetings cited, reports from each
Congregational church in Rhode Island, the report of the Rhode Island Home Missionary Society, a
pastoral letter, memorials of deceased Congregational ministers, statistics
(membership, etc.) of the churches, expenditures, tables including past
conferences, church membership since 1846, members, notices, etc. for the
Rhode Island Association of Orthodox Congregational Ministers, summary of
statistics, and postal addresses of ministers. It is of obvious
genealogical value not only for descendants of the ministers
mentioned, but also for those with any connection to the churches identified. The rather
small number of Congregationalists in Rhode Island is interesting in itself.
N.B. This volume applies to all Congregational Churches in Rhode
Island, and is somewhat arbitrarily included on this CD-ROM due to the site
of the meeting.
The Chronicle of West Warwick High School for 1930
We've included these two excellent high school yearbooks.
Both include information on alumni, sure to be of interest to those who are
researching people who graduated earlier. One is 136+ pages and the other is 147+ pages
and include additional information about the school (and therefore the
community) as well as advertisements.
Westerly High School 1934 senior yearbook
A slender, soft-covered volume,
stylistically more in the 1920s than the 1930s. Only 47 pages, but, if
you are interested in someone who was a senior that year, absolutely indispensible.
Topographic maps and pictures
It takes a lot of topographic maps to cover this
two-county area of Rhode Island, and several of the old maps are provided
here in two scales.
We have included a comprehensive collection, along with a handful of
The Rhode Island
Historical Collection #1 CD-ROM is ready now.