Local History

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition is available inside the library only. This online database offers census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more from countries all over the world. Research your family's history with Ancestry Library Edition.


The Lincoln Public Library Local History page provides links to quality information concerning the history of Lincoln and Rhode Island.

Chase Farm
Chase Farm, officially known as Chase Farm Park, is one of Lincoln’s finest historical treasures. It consists of seventy acres comprised of fields, picnic sites, trails, gardens, and sled riding trails.

Eleazer Arnold House
The Eleazer Arnold House is a historical home  located on Great Road in Lincoln, RI.

Pictures of the Past - Great Road area 1926

The Hearthside is another historical home located on Great Road in Lincoln, RI.Ffind out more about the story behind this beautiful home.

Lincoln Woods
Among many of the jewels of Lincoln, Lincoln Woods is one that is rich with history as well as a center of outdoor fun.

Quaker Meeting House
The entire structure survives today on Great Rd. in Saylesville, where meetings are still held on a regular basis.

Selected Rhode Island Local History and Genealogy Sites:

Providence Public Library Online Collections
Access the library's digitized online special collections.

Rhode Island Reading Room
"This section contains articles of genealogical and historic interest on Rhode Island in general, from old Rhode Island books and newspapers." 

Rhode Island History

The Rhode Island State Constitution

A Short History of Rhode Island
Also includes historical maps and a timeline

Rhode Island Lights
This site includes pictures and descriptions of Rhode Island lighthouses.

Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Commission
"With this web site we hope to inform the public on where to go for help in regarding historical cemeteries." Includes searchable database.

The RIGenWeb is another great resource for genealogists.

Rhode Island Historical Society
Locate information on the Society and its resources.

Genealogy Search Help for Google
This free site will help you use Google™ to research your genealogy. It will create different Google searches using tips or "tricks" that will likely improve your search results. The different searches will give you many different ways of using Google to find ancestry information on the Internet.