Research Resources



One of the greatest resources online for genealogists searching for public records.

Family Search
The genealogical research website of the Church of Latter Day Saints; useful for census, marriage, birth, and death records.

A nationwide gravesite search utility. See especially the listings of over 6,000 graves related to Capt. Arthur Fenner, maintained by Richard Arthur Fenner.

Rhode Island Historical Society Links
An extensive resource for finding links to local RI websites and nationwide websites that would be useful to genealogists searching for public records.

The UK Fenner Genealogy Pages

Library of Congress Archives
A resource of old American documents, including material related to Fenners, especially Gov. Arthur Fenner of RI.



Edward Fenner Papers (1736-1813)
Brown University, John Hay Library Special Collections, Box A (PDF)

Hampton and Its Students,
with Fifty Cabin and Plantation Songs (1874)

by M.F. Armstong & Helen Ludlow
music edited by Thomas P. Fenner

In addition to describing the founding of Hampton University, this book also mentions Thomas Fenner and his family and their role at the school. Thomas notated the spirituals from his students and explained his editorial approach. (PDF)

Genealogy of the Fenner Family (1887)
by J.P. Root
This foundational study on Fenners traces the early descendants of Capt. Arthur Fenner. (PDF)

History of the Fenner Family (1908)
by Lucinda T. Fenner
Features the descendants of James L. Fenner and Betsy Perry, who settled primarily in Michigan. This PDF version is searchable and includes extensive handwritten genealogical notes, a substantial expansion beyond 1908. (PDF)