There are about 750 newspapers that have been published in the Ocean State - certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it - find your Rhode Island ancestors and all the interesting articles that capture the stories of their lives.
Please note that I have not always entered the dates that are included in the collections, as I suspect they will change as more items are digitized. Also I suspect that some of these links may change over time - so if there is a dead link - please use your favorite search engine to find their new location.
(Updated December, 2014)
The Bristol Phoenix
East Greenwich Free Library
Jamestown Philomenian Library
Maury Loontjens Memorial Library
Other Free Sites:
(Recent changes in the Google News Archive has diminished the capability to search newspapers published prior to 1970). A few of these below are in the Google News Archive.)
- French Gazette
- Gazette Francoise
- Guardian of Liberty
- Rhode Island Republican
- Weekly Companion; and the Commercial Centinel
- American Journal
- Brown Daily Herald
- Corbett's Herald
- Evening News
- Evening Telegram
- Evening Tribune and Telegram
- Impartial Observer
- Manufacturers and Farmers' Journal
- Manufacturers and Farmers Journal
- Morning Herald
- Morning Star
- Pembroke Record 1923-1970
- Providence Daily Post
- Providence Evening Press
- Providence Gazette
- Providence Gazette and Country Journal
- Providence Journal
- Providence Morning Herald
- Providence Morning Star
- Providence News
- Providence Sunday Star
- Providencer Anzeiger
- Sunday Telegram
- Sunday Tribune
Subscription or Pay Sites:
There are currently 16 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry - Rhode island Newspapers
There are currently 47 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank - Rhode island Newspapers
There are currently 8 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive - Rhode island
There are currently 4 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com - Rhode island.
Links to Follow:
There are several ways to keep up with new collections as they are digitized and made available online. Two of my favorites:
- Historical Newspapers Online from the University of Pennsylvania
- Historical U.S. Newspapers Online from Bowling Green State University
You also need to visit the Rhode Island Historical Society site, which can tell you what is occurring in the state with regard to newspaper projects. The Brown University and Providence College libraries are also good sites to visit.
Please note - even more may be available via a local library where a library card is required. And of course there is always microfilm for those that have not been made available online as yet.
Good luck and happy hunting!
For more links for different states, provinces, and countries - please see the Newspapers! page on this website.