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. Remote access is available through September 30, 2021. 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, the Providence Journal, and a collection of Rhode Island Historical Newspapers:
The (Pawtucket) Times: June 10, 2008 – Current Full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of The Times. Includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, sports, real estate and other sections. Updated daily.
Providence Journal Obituaries & Death Notices Obituaries and death notices from the Providence Journal (1980 to today). An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.
Pawtucket Times 1886-1951 This Pawtucket Library Digital Newspapers Collection includes the Pawtucket Times from 1886-1951. 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.