The articles forming this unique collection were taken from a total of six Rhode Island periodicals. Three were issued by the Rhode Island Historical Society, namely Rhode Island Historical Society Collections, Rhode Island History, and Publications of the Rhode Island Historical Society. The remaining three were published privately and are the most difficult to find today. These are the Newport Historical Magazine, The Narragansett Historical Register, and Rhode Island Historical Tracts. Viewed as a collection--with dozens of articles on English origins and scores of other articles showing descent from immigrant settlers--the family history articles from these six periodicals offer the researcher an excellent chance of making ancestral connections in Rhode Island.