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Subject: Re: Dec 15, 1870, N. Kingstown RI Town Records Destroyed 160 yrs of birth, marriage & death records!! Wickford National Bank Fire
Date: Thursday, July 03, 2014
I believe there was also an earlier fire destroying North Kingstown records, in 1861. There are actually some missing books. My family is missing a large number of the official vital records that are known births, marriages and deaths there. Records much older than the 1800s are missing. Some of the 1600s records are damaged or completely gone. There are virtually no records from about 1670-1740 for many of the B's.
There is an introduction in the North Kingstown portion of the historic Rhode Island records that explains the poor condition and the earlier fire.