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The records of the Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, include births, deaths, marriages, migration certificates, and detailed monthly meeting minutes. Many of these records have been indexed or microfilmed. This guide will help genealogists interpret and locate Quaker records at the NEHGS library and some online repositories.
Our Quaker Ancestors: Finding Them in Quaker Records by Ellen Thomas Berry and David Allen Berry NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks E184.F89 B47 1987 “American Quaker Records and Family History,” Series 358, by Willard Heiss, in World Conference on Records: Preserving our Heritage, 12–15 August 1980, vol. 4.NEHGS, 1st Floor Rotunda CS2 .W65 1980 v.04My Ancestors were Quakers: How Can I Find Out More About Them? by Edward H. Milligan and Malcolm J. ThomasNEHGS, Vault CS432 .Q8 M55 2005“The Society of Friends (Quakers),” in Sources for Nonconformist Genealogy and Family History by D.J. Steel, pp. 601–695 (National Index of Parish Registers, Vol. 2)NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference CD1068.A2 N3 v.02 This chapter includes a history of the Society of Friends, as well as a detailed description of Quaker records in England.Quaker Research Guide (BYU Family History Library)
Monthly Meetings in North America: An Index by Thomas C. HillNEHGS, 7th Floor Reference E184 .F89 H49 1992A list of all known monthly meetings in the United States and Canada, including any former names, the date that each meeting was granted and laid down (if applicable), the location of the records, and other information. This book also contains a brief history of each Yearly Meeting in the region, and a geographic index.Monthly Meetings in North America: A Quaker Index - quakermeetings.comThis website is an update of Monthly Meetings in North America (above). In addition to the information provided by the book, the website provides a list of available records, websites, and publications for each monthly meeting.Quaker Genealogies: A Selected List of Books by Willard Heiss and Thomas D. HammNEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks E184 .F89 H45 1985Guide to the Records of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in New England by Richard D. StattlerNEHGS, Microtext Floor Reference F15 .F89 S738 1997Also: www.neym.org/GuideToRecordsRSOF_1997.pdfQuaker Records in Maryland by Phebe R. JacobsenNEHGS, 7th Floor Reference CD3280 .A16 no.14Guide to the Records of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting by Jack EckertNEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks BX7649.P5 E24 1989
The books and websites listed below contain records of the monthly meetings in one or more states. Search the NEHGS library catalog for transcriptions of individual meetings.Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, vols. 1–6 by William Wade HinshawNEHGS, 7th Floor Reference E184 .F89 H5Also on Ancestry.com. Abstracts of records of selected monthly meetings in North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York City, Long Island, Ohio, and Virginia. Each volume has a surname index.Index to Encyclopedia of American Quaker GenealogyNEHGS, 7th Floor Reference E184 .F89 H5 IndexAbstracts of the Records of the Society of Friends in Indiana edited by Willard Heiss (Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol. 7)NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference E184 .F89 H5 v.7 pt.1-6 NEHGS, Microfiche Collection BX7780 .I53 1962 Also at HeritageQuest Online. Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636–1850, Vol. 7 (Friends and ministers) by James N. ArnoldNEHGS, 7th Floor Reference F78 .A75 v.07 Also online at: AmericanAncestors.org and Ancestry.comThe William Wade Hinshaw Pennsylvania Quaker Meeting RecordsNEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F160 .F89 W55 1990Michigan Quakers: Abstracts of Fifteen Meetings of the Society of Friends, 1831–1960 compiled by Ann and Conrad BurtonNEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F565 .B87 1989Quaker Records: Illinois Monthly MeetingsAvailable at HeritageQuest Online.James E. Hazard Index of the Records of New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of FriendsThis searchable database contains the records of every monthly meeting in the New York Yearly Meeting. The N.Y. Yearly Meeting includes meetings in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Vermont, and Quebec.
Massachusetts:Dartmouth Monthly MeetingsNEHGS, Microfilm Collection BX7780 .D37 New Bedford Monthly MeetingsNEHGS, Microfilm Collection BX7780 .N479Westport Monthly MeetingsNEHGS, Microfilm Collection BX7780 .W47New Hampshire:Dover, New Hampshire, Monthly Meeting of FriendsNEHGS, Microfilm Collection F44.D7 D67 Hampton Monthly Meetings; Seabrook Monthly MeetingsNEHGS, Microfilm Collection BX7780 .H36 Sandwich Monthly MeetingsNEHGS, Microfilm Collection BX7780 .S36Rhode Island:Society of Friends: Newport, R.I. Monthly MeetingsNEHGS, Microfilm Collection BX7780 .N48Vermont:Society of Friends Starksborough Monthly MeetingsNEHGS, Microfilm Collection BX7780 .S77England:Friends House Library Digest Registers of Births, Marriages and Burials for England and Wales, 17th c.–1837NEHGS, Microfilm Collection CS 432 .F89 F73NEHGS, Microtext Floor Reference CS 432 .F89 F73 (Finding Aid)
The Quakers in the American Colonies by Rufus M. JonesNEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks BX7636 .J66 1911Also: archive.org/details/quakersinamerica00joneuoftThe History of Quakerism by Elbert RussellAvailable at the HathiTrust Digital Library. The Quakers and the American Revolution by Arthur J. MekeelNEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F269 .F8 M44 1996A History of the Society of Friends in America by Allen C. Thomas and Richard H. Thomas Available at Internet Archive.org.
Quaker Records from the Indiana Historical SocietyDigital Quaker Collection created by Earlham CollegeOn-Line Indices to Quaker Meeting Records and Other Quaker SourcesHistory Resources from Swarthmore’s Friends Historical LibraryAmerican Friend Obituary IndexQuaker Collection Haverford CollegeQuaker Records and Yearly Meeting Archives, Friends Historical Collection, Guilford College (N.C.)The Quaker CornerFriends Historical AssociationQuaker Minute Book Transcription Project from the Quaker Library and Archives of CanadaThe Canadian Quaker Genealogical IndexQuaker Family History Society (British Quakers)Ireland Quaker Records
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