Source:Arnold, James N. Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636–1850

Source Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636–1850
First series, births, marriages and deaths. A family register for the people
Author Arnold, James N.
Coverage
Place Rhode Island, United States
Year range 1636 - 1850
Subject Vital records
Publication information
Type Book
Publisher Narragansett Hist. Publ. Co.
Date issued 1891
Citation
Arnold, James N. Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636–1850: First series, births, marriages and deaths. A family register for the people. (Narragansett Hist. Publ. Co., 1891).
Repositories
AmericanAncestors.orghttp://www.americanancestors.org/search.aspx?Ca=..Paid website
Family History Centerhard copy of all; vol. 1-21 digitized and online: http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatal..Free website
Ancestry.comVols. 1-21Paid website
Google Booksselected volumesFree website
Heritage Quest OnlineVol. 1-21Paid website
Vol. 1-21 @ One Rhode Island FamilyFree website


Partial Sets Available Online

(For repositories that have many or most of the full 21 volumes, see Repositories to the left)

Vol. 1 (Kent County) has been scanned and is viewable online at rootsweb
Vol. 5 (Washington County) has been scanned and is viewable online at Washington Co. RIGenWeb

Vol. 7 ("Friends and Ministers") is viewable online at books.google.com Vol. VII
Vol. 8 ("Church Records. Episcopal and Congregational") is viewable online at books.google.com Vol. VIII
Vol. 9 (Seekonk) is viewable online at books.google.com Vol. IX
Vol. 10 ("Town and Church") is viewable online at books.google.com Vol. X.
Vol. 11 ("Church Records") is viewable online at books.google.com Vol. IX
Vol. 20 ("Rhode Island American, marriages H-Z, deaths A-B") is viewable online at books.google.com Vol. XX

Volumes

Vital Record of Rhode Island. 1836-185O.
Vol. I. Kent County.
Vols. II. & III. Providence.
Vol. IV. Newport.
Vol. V. Washington.
Vol. VI. Bristol.
Vol. VII. Friends and Ministers.
Vol. VIII. Church Records. Episcopal and Congregational
Vol. IX. Seekonk, E. Providence, Pawtucket and Newman Congregational Church.
Vol. X. Church Records.
Vol. XI. Church Records.
Vol. 12. Revolutionary rolls and newspapers, including Providence Journal, deaths A-R
Vol. 13. Deaths, Providence Journal, S-Z, Providence Gazette, A-J, 1762-1830
Vol. 14. Providence Gazette, deaths K-Z, marriages, A-C, 1762-1825
Vol. 15. Providence Gazette, marriages D-Z; United States Chronicle, deaths A-Z
Vol. 16. United States Chronicle marriages; American Journal, Impartial Observer, Providence Journal, marriages and deaths; Providence Semiweekly Journal, marriages
Vol. 17. Providence Phenix, Providence Patriot, Columbian Phenix, marriages A-R
Vol. 18. Providence Phenix, Providence Patriot, Columbian Phenix, marriages S-Z, deaths A-M
Vol. 19. Providence Phenix, Providence Patriot, Columbian Phenix, deaths N-Z; Rhode Island American, marriages A-G
Vol. 20. Rhode Island American, marriages H-Z, deaths A-B
Vol. 21. Rhode Island

Usage Tips

NEHGS has indexed all the records for searching on its website (membership required). Their description:

"In 1891, James N. Arnold began publishing a series of vital records books for the towns of Rhode Island. The series would go on to include church records and newspaper records, ultimately filling twenty-one volumes with information."

They also have an article on using Arnold's records (membership not required), and the volumes are available for viewing at the NEHGS Research Library, call number REF F78/A75.

The Family History Center has several related resources. Volumes 9-21 (digitized by BYU) are available through the link above. You can also order the on microfilm at your local FHC, or the Salt Lake City library and some other regional centers have it in hard copy.

Arnold's work is not in the IGI, but some of the underlying records used by him are.