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One of the benefits of membership is access, to the now out of print, The Lively Experiment, our magazine.  It focuses on Rhode Island history and genealogy.  Many members have enjoyed publishing articles with The Lively Experiment.   Below is a list of articles by issue.

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Following is a list of the genealogical and other history-focused articles contained in all issues, to date:


Volume 1, No. 1

        Probate Research: A Vital Link, Nellie B. Mosher

        The White Horse Taverns History, The White Horse Tavern

        Portsmouth, Lilla M. Licht

Volume 1, No. 2

        Samuel Gorton, abstr. by Lilla M. Licht

        Robert Williams, Lilla M. Licht

Volume 1, No. 3

        Roger Williams, Lilla M. Licht

        Surgeon John Greene, Lilla M. Licht

        Settlement of Warwick, Lilla M. Licht

Volume 1, No. 4                                                         

        The Rhode Island Historical Society and New Developments in Genealogy, Maureen Taylor

        William Arnold, Lilla M. Licht

Volume 2, No. 1

        Samuel Gorton, Political & Religious Leader, Founder of Warwick, RI, Patricia W. Rice

        Stukely Westcott, Betty A. W. Acker

Volume 2, Nos. 2&3

        The Other Plantation, Col. Elmer H. Palmer

        Herodias (Long) Hicks Gardiner Porter, Robert L. French and Lilla M. Licht

Volume 2, No. 4

        President John Sanford, Lilla M. Licht

        Settlement of Block Island, Lilla M. Licht

        Roger Williams Trading Post, Lilla M. Licht

Volume 3, No. 1

        From Rhode Island to Long Island, Lilla M. Licht

        Jeremy Clarke, Father of Rhode Island Governors, Lilla M. Licht

Volume 3, No. 2

        Settling the Narragansett Country, Lilla M. Licht

        The Saga of Sara Tefft, Ellen Liberman

        Stukely Westcott, Betty A.W. Acker

Volume 4, No. 1

        Family History: The Babcock Family, Lilla M. Licht

        Family Research: Original Settlers of Providence Plantations, Lilla M. Licht

        Ancestors OnLine: A Tour of, Stephanie Schlick

Volume 4, No. 2

        Family History: Focus on the Bordens, Evylene A. Camp

        Ancestors OnLine: The Great Migration Study, Robert C. Anderson

        Book Review: The Folkways of Life, Mary R. Northrop

Volume 4, No. 3

        Family History: Focus on the Shreves, Sue A. G. Shreve

        Ancestral Focus: Thomas Sheriff in Detail, Mary R. Northrop

        Ancestors OnLine: Site Exploration: RIGenWeb, Stephanie Schlick

        Book Review: A Synopsis of American Colonies, Mary R. Northrop

Volume 4, No. 4

        Family History: Focus on Samuel Newman (Rev. Samuel Newman, Founder and First Minister of

                Rehoboth, MA, and His Church at Rumford, RI), James Raywalt

        Ancestors OnLine: Preserving Our Architectural Heritage, Stephanie Schlick

        Book Review: Where We Lived, Mary R. Northrop

Volume 4, No. 5

        Family Research: Slave Owners and Slaves in Early Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,

                Mary R. Northrop

        Ancestors OnLine: Rhode Island, the Triangle Trade and Abolition, Stephanie Schlick

Volume 5, No. 1

        Family Research: People Who Joined Rev. Samuel Newman at Rehoboth Plantation, James Raywalt

        Family History: Herodias, Robert L. French

Volume 5, No. 2

        Pilgrims and Puritans: From the Viewpoint of Religion, C. Owen Johnson, Esq.

Volume 6, No. 1

        Family Research: Thomas & Rebecca Cornell of MA, RI and NY, and Some of Their Descendants,

                James Raywalt

        Family Research:  RI Ancestry of Eleven American Presidents, Mary Ruth Northrop and James


        Book Review: Killed Strangely A Must-Read, James Raywalt

Volume 6, No. 2

        Nathanael Greene: Rhode Islands Forgotten Hero, Dennis Conrad

        Family Research:  The Family of Nathanael Greene, Stephanie A. Schlick

        Family Research:  Catherine Littlefield Greene, Stephanie A. Schlick

        Research Assistance:  Using the Gregorian Calendar, James Raywalt

        Rhode Island Wills:  Robert Carr, Sr.

Volume 7, No. 1

        From RI to NY:  William Northup, Ann Slocum and Their Descendants, Stephanie Schlick

        Research Assistance:  War of 1812 Records for Northup and Variant Spellings

        Rhode Island Wills:  Stephen Northup (son of William and Ann (Slocum) Northup)

Volume 8, No. 1

        Newport Land Agreement, 10 March 1656/7

        Ralph and Joan (Savage) Earle of Newport and Portsmouth: Their Ancestry and Some of Their

                Descendants, Alexander Bannerman

        Some Notable American Descendants of Ralph Earle and Joan Savage, Alexander Bannerman



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