Genealogy

Are you interested in learning more about your family’s history? Join the Rehoboth Genealogy Group!  All levels of experience welcome. The group meets the third Wednesday of every month from 7PM-9PM at the Carpenter Museum (please use rear entrance by parking lot). Check out our Facebook page (requires Facebook login) or contact Lende McMullen.

Genealogy Images
L-R: Eleanor Elizabeth Goff, Francis Family, and Ralph Horton

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 at lendemcmullen@gmail.com.

Robert Sheldon Trim, a registered genealogist, devoted much of his life to researching and recording genealogical information: making gravestone records of Rehoboth and surrounding towns, compiling histories of Rehoboth churches, compiling family genealogies, collecting books on genealogy, listing Revolutionary and Civil War veterans of Rehoboth with their vital records and places of burial, compiling lists of unrecorded vital records and Rehoboth arrivals and removals, plus keeping records of his correspondence with over 600 families.

Upon Trim’s death in 1988, the RAS and Blanding Library made sure that his labors were not in vain by preserving his works and dedicating the room on the 2nd floor for genealogical research. Patrons from across the country send letters of inquiry or visit the Trim Room looking for vital records and family history of their early ancestors who lived in Rehoboth.

Materials housed in the Trim Room include:

  • Rehoboth Baptist and Congregational Church records
  • General information about genealogical research
  • Family genealogies
  • Early Bristol County Probate Records
  • Vital Records of Rehoboth and 60 other towns in MA
  • American Revolutionary Vital Records and History
  • MA Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War, 8 volumes
  • MA Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War, 17 volumes
  • Early Census Records of Rehoboth and some other states
  • Cemetery records of Dighton, Swansea and the early Newman, Hunt and Carpenter Cemeteries in East Providence, Attleboro, Barrington, & Swan Point
  • Cemetery Records and locations of over 50 cemeteries in Rehoboth
  • Rehoboth School history
  • Histories of Rehoboth by several authors
  • History of Seekonk, MA