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Question:

I have been researching my Quaker ancestors from Rhode Island.  Can you tell me what is means to have been "Granted a Certificate"?

Answer:

When a Quaker family moved they would apply for a certificate to attend the monthly meeting near their new home. The certificate could be granted before they moved by their exisiting Meeting house, or by the new location.  The term "Granted a Certificate" would be copied into the monthly meeting records relating to this family.
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