Genealogical Research

Original Rehoboth

By:  R.J. DeRoche

Rehoboth was settled after careful planning by a group in Weymouth. The region was scouted and Seacunck Plain located. The court of Plymouth in the year 1641 granted them liberty to take up a tract of land to purchase the foresaid tract of land of Asamecum, the Chief Sachem and Owner thereof. The purchase price paid was “ten fathoms of wampum and a coat.” With the ground work laid, Rev. Samuel Newman with his proprietors, their families and belongings set out from Hingham. The long trail led them to their new home and they called the place “Rehoboth.”
The original land purchase comprised the present towns of Rehoboth, Seekonk, Barrington, East Providence, and that part of Pawtucket East of the Blackstone River. Later in 1661 the land which is now Attleboro was acquired and by 1661 what was known as Attleboro Gore, and what is now Cumberland, Rhode Island had become a part of Rehoboth until 1747.

Note: See dates on map below for purchased dates and dates of changes in land area of Rehoboth.

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If you are interested in conducting a genealogy study in Rehoboth, we do have permanent town records dating back to 1633 at town hall. You also have several research options available.  

  • For vital records (birth, marriage intention, marriage, and death) during the period of 1642-1896, you may access those records online by clicking the following link:  
  • We also have a 926 page “Tan Book” by James N. Arnold - Vital Records Book (Link Above) available to review at town hall along with directories from 1896-present day.
  • Other resources that you could explore are:
    • The Blanding Library, Trim Genealogy Room*, 122 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA 02769, (508) 252-4236
      • *The Trim Room of genealogy is housed in the Blanding Library at Goff Memorial Hall. It is run by Lende McMullen who may be contacted through the Library at (508) 252-4236 or by email by clicking here.
    • Newman Congregational Church, 100 Newman Avenue, Rumford, RI 02916, (401) 434-4742
    • New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116, (617) 536-5740
    • Bristol County Registry of Deeds, 11 Court Street, Taunton, MA 02780, (508) 822-0502
  • A few helpful websites:
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  • Genealogy requests can be made in person, by mail, or by email. A research fee of $12.00 is charged if Town Clerk staff needs to research the records. If you do the research yourself, there is no fee.  
  • However, there is a fee for certified copies of birth, marriage, and death certificates which will be $10.00 per copy (after the year 1900). Certified copies of a vital record (birth, death, or marriage) prior to the year 1900 are $7.00 per copy. Certified copies with more than one name (i.e. list of children and birth dates in same family – records prior to the year 1900) are $9.00 per copy. You may request your copy(s) online by clicking the following picture:

  • We issue ONLY CERTIFIED COPIES. We DO NOT photocopy our original records because of possible light damage.