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Newport County, Rhode Island Genealogy

Guide to Newport County, Rhode Island ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Newport County, Rhode Island
Map of Rhode Island highlighting Newport County
Location in the state of Rhode Island
Founded June 16, 1729
County Seat


The County was named for the county of Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales. (Welsh:Trefdraeth) . The County is located in the east central area of the state. [1]

Newport County, Rhode Island Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
at town creation at town creation at town creation 1703 1636 1636 1747
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1853. <General compliance by 1915.

County CourthouseEdit

Newport County Courthouse
8 Washington Square
Newport, RI 02840-7199
Phone: 401.841.8350

Formerly Rhode Island Co. Name changed to Newport 16 Jun 1729. 1746-7 eastern boundary adjusted under decree of the King of England) (City and Tpwn Clerks have birth, marriage, death and burial records

Family and Superior Courts have divorce records;
Probate Courth has probate records from 1784,
District Court has court records; Recorder Deeds has land records from 1780
Newport Historical Society, 82 Truro Street,
Newport, RI has early church, land and probate records)
(Five towns & one city in Newport County
Towns Organized Before 1800; Jamestown 1678,
Little Compton 1746-7, Middletown 1743, New Shoreham 1672,
Portsmouth 1638, Tiverton 1746-7

There is no county government. The government is located at town and state levels.

Quick FactsEdit

Wikipedia has more about this subject: Newport County, Rhode Island

22 June 1703: Formed as Rhode Island County

16 June 1729: Renamed Newport County. Named for Town of Newport, Pembrokeshire, Wales. (Welsh:Trefdraeth)

Parent CountyEdit

Boundary ChangesEdit

For animated maps illustrating Rhode Island County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Rhode Island County Boundary Maps" (1643-1963) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / LocalitiesEdit

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Modern towns and cities in Newport County, Rhode Island. Click map to go to each respective town page.

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[3]

  • Adamsville
  • Beavertail
  • Bridgeport
  • Briggs Point
  • Bristol Ferry
  • Castle Hill
  • Cedar Island
  • Cedar Point
  • Coasters Harbor
  • Coddington Point
  • Common Fence Point
  • Conanicut
  • Corey Lane
  • Despair Island
  • Dutch Island
  • Dyer Island
  • Eagleville
  • Easton Point
  • Fogland Point
  • Fort Adams
  • Forty Steps
  • Freebody Hill
  • Goat Island
  • Gould Island
  • Grayville
  • Green's End
  • Hog Island
  • Homestead
  • Hope Island
  • Hummocks
Census-designated places


Archives and LibrariesEdit


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
RIGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
RIGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Rhode Island Cemeteries for more information.


For tips on accessing Newport County, Rhode Island Genealogy census records online, see: Rhode Island Census.






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for more resources


Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit



Online Probate Records


Vital RecordsEdit

See also How to order Rhode Island Vital Records, order electronically online or download an application for Rhode Island Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate Application to mail.




Societies, Libraries and MuseumsEdit


  • Rhode Island State Library,
    State House, 2nd floor,
    Providence, RI 02903
    Phone: (401) 222-2473
  • Rhode Island Historical Society Library,
    121 Hope Street,
    Providence, RI 02906
    TEL: (401) 273-8107
  • East Greenwich Free Library,
    82 Pierce Street East,
    Greenwich, RI 02818
  • Lincoln Public Library,
    Old River Road,
    Lincoln, RI 02865,
    Phone: (401) 333-2422
  • Louttit Memorial Library,
    274 Victory Highway,
    West Greenwich, RI 02817
    Phone: (401) 397-3434
  • Robert H Champlin Library,
    1043 Main Street,
    West Warwick, RI 02893,
    Phone: (401) 828-3750
  • Warwick Public Library,
    600 Sandy Lane,
    Warwick, RI 02886

Family History CentersEdit

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.



  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Newport, Rhode Island" in,_Rhode_Island accessed 3 Dec 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Newport County, Rhode Island . Page 602 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 589-591.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Newport County, Mississippi," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Mississippi, Last accessed 10 October 2019.