Where can I find that Record?
All state and local agencies maintain public records. The compiled listed below includes public records that are frequently requested and where Rhode Islanders can research and receive copies.
|Who Can Provide the Information?
|RI State Archives
|Department of Health
|Your City or Town Hall
|Open Vital Records
You can research open Vital Records at the State Archives or your local city/town hall. Open records include the following years:
|Closed Vital Records
You can research closed Vital Records at the Department of Health only. Closed Vital Records include the following years:
To access census records schedule a research visit to the State Archives.
|Land Evidence, Chain of Title, and Property Records
|State Reports & Articles of Incorporation
|You can access current or active business entities’ Incorporation documents through the Business Services Division of the Department of State.
|General Assembly (RI Legislature) Records
The General Assembly created many records. The most frequently researched records in this collection include:
|Naturalization records can also be accessed through the National Archives & Records Administration.
|Burial records may not be available at all City/Town Halls. The State Archives advises you contact your city/town hall previous to a research visit.
|Divorce Records, 1671 - 1900
|To access a complete list of which wars, and the type of records for each that the State Archives holds, please contact the Reference Team at: [email protected].
|Zoning, Permits, and Plans
The State Archives maintains Meeting Minutes of some State Agencies and Commissions. Meeting Minutes and associated records may also be accessible at:
|Civil & Criminal Court Cases, 1671 - 1900
|Rules and Regulations
|Student Permanent Records
|Records Retention Schedules
|The State Archives produces these documents to establish the legal process for destruction of non-permanent public records.
Researcher Tip: Most requests for the above records can be submitted directly to an agency through a general request or contact form. If you are seeking to submit an Access to Public Records (APRA) request, you can learn more about that process on the Attorney General's Website.