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Genealogy

The library provides access to many resources genealogy researchers may find helpful.

Library Research Databases

  • Ancestry.com Library Edition Ancestry Library Edition contains hundreds of millions of names from sources such as federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records.  Access Ancestry from inside the library building here
  • NewsBank Newspapers (Remote Access Available)The Newsbank newspaper database includes the Pawtucket Times, The Times, the Valley Breeze Pawtucket Edition, and the Providence Journal.  Remote Users: At login enter your 14-digit Pawtucket Public Library card number if prompted
  • Pawtucket Library Digital Newspapers This collection includes the Pawtucket Times from 1886-1960 and the Pawtucket Gazette & Chronicle from 1825-1912. The goal of this project is to digitize the Library’s microfilm collection of Pawtucket newspapers. Additional years will be added as funding, grants and donations allow. Please note that search results may appear to contain misspellings and jumbled words due to the age of some of the editions. This does not affect the quality of the search results or the image of the actual newspaper article. 
  • Additional Pawtucket Newspapers available through Google News: 

Print and Micro Format Resources Available at the Library

  • Pawtucket & Central Falls City Directories, 1857-1858 (microfiche)
  • Pawtucket & Central Falls City Directories, 1867-present
  • Pawtucket Tax Records, 1871–1977
  • Pawtucket Gazette & Chronicle on microfilm 11/12/1825-12/27/1912 (Also available online above)
  • Pawtucket Times newspaper on microfilm from April 30, 1886-present (1886-1960 available online above)
  • Pawtucket, Rhode Island & Vicinity Marriages & Deaths, from the Pawtucket Gazette & Chronicle: 1825-1854, Vol. 1-3. Compiled by Elizabeth J. Johnson & James L. Wheaton IV
  • Pawtucket High School Yearbook Collection

Pawtucket Times Obituaries

Library staff can provide copies of up to three (3) obituaries per month for researchers. Obituary requests must include the exact date of death.

By Mail:
For printed copies of obituaries from the Pawtucket Times, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope along with a small donation to cover printing costs to:

Pawtucket Public Library
Reference Department
13 Summer Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860

By Email:
For scanned copies of obituaries email your request. Please include detailed information such as exact names and dates, along with your return email address.

Additional Research Resources

Please use the following additional resources for family history research:


More Info

For other questions, please contact the Reference Desk:

(401) 725-3714 x220/221
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