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Genealogy Resources

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

Library Research Databases

  • 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 December 23, 1981 – current
      Full-text articles from this daily Rhode Island newspaper on local news, sports, politics, opinion, events, food, restaurants and more. 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.
    • The Valley Breeze Pawtucket Edition: August 19, 2009 – Current
      Full-text weekly newspaper serving the cities and towns of Northern Rhode Island and the Blackstone Valley. Remote Users: At login enter your 14-digit Pawtucket Public Library card number.
  • 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.
  • Additional Pawtucket Newspapers:

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
  • Pawtucket Times newspaper on microfilm from April 30, 1886-present
  • 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.

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Additional Research Resources

Please use the following additional resources for family history research:

More Info

For all other questions, please call the Reference Desk:

(401) 725-3714 x220/221

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