A map of Narragansset Bay - part of the Rhode Island Collections

Family History Workshop Series

PPL’s Rhode Island Collection is excited to present an ongoing series of genealogy learning events in collaboration with the Rhode Island Historical Society.

With offerings for both the novice and experienced genealogy researcher, these events are designed to encourage you to research your own genealogy and to document your family stories. You are welcome to sign up for any of the 2018 planned workshops and events below.

Please contact Kate Wells at kwells@provlib.org with any questions.

Intro to Genealogy 

What is genealogy? How do you start to build your own family tree? In this workshop, you’ll learn basic research methods and work with free websites (or paper if you prefer!) to create your own family tree. You’ll  learn about resources in your community, how to search several free genealogical databases, and how to use what you find to document your family history. Basic comfort using a computer for online research is required. This workshop is offered as follows:

Saturday, April 21:  10 am — 12 pm           

Providence Public Library

Saturday, May 5:  1 — 3 pm            

Marian J. Mohr Memorial Library, Johnston

Saturday, June 16:  10 am — 12 pm            

North Kingstown Free Library

Saturday, September 29:  10 am — 12 pm           

Portsmouth Free Public Library


Genealogy Marketplace  

Saturday, October 20:  10 am — 12 pm            Sign Up

RI Historical Society, Aldrich House

“Shop” many of Rhode Island’s historical societies, public libraries, and other cultural heritage institutions. Explore the state’s rich genealogical resources and learn how to access the extensive genealogical resources provided. Representatives from several repositories will be present to answer questions and provide brochures and other guides to learn more about their genealogical resources.