Genealogy and Local History

Newspaper Collections


The Greenville Public Library provides in-library access to The Observer (1956 - 2006) and The Valley Breeze & Observer (2006-present). The library's collection is available on microfilm from 1956-2016 and online from 1956 - 2019.

The library provides online access to The Providence Journal from 1981 - present with your Greenville Public Library card.

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition is available remotely for a limited time. Access all of the features and data available in-library from your own home. Requires an active and updated Greenville Public Library issued OSL card.


Questions? Contact the reference desk for additional information on accessing these resources.

Genealogy Resources

The library is home to the book collection of the Rhode Island Historical Genealogical Society. You may view materials in the collection in the Ocean State Libraries catalog.

Rhode Island Historical Society Online Collections

Rhode Island Genealogical Society

Local History Resources

Smith-Appleby House - Historical Society of Smithfield

Smithfield High School Yearbooks

Smithfield Historic Preservation Commission