Rhode Island is my home state. It is scary how much I don't know about it. Cherry Fletcher Bamburg and the other folks at the RI Genealogical Society are a very big help. I have a folder now of information, some of which can be found right on their Web site.
This is a photo of the books of vital records (Rhode Island Genealogical Register) of Rhode Island compiled by a man named Beaman. These are aptly named the Blue books! He and his daughter also compiled a set of books which are called the Red books. The older ones are distinguished by the words "New Series".
Imagine my surprise when I was offered a full set of these by the Society! I could hardly croak out a thanks, I was so stunned. I have put them in a plastic tote next to my genealogy files that are in my new basement. I pulled out the first book and started going through them. Amazing reading. I have had access to this by subscription to Genealogy.com. I hope that I can cancel that membership now that I have this set.
From this post on, I plan to focus on the gravestone photo I am putting on my iPad to take with me. Many of you may have read them already, so please bear with me.