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Free Quaker Genealogy Resources Online

Quakers in your family tree? Free Quaker genealogy resources online are available with links in this post. Church records are always a great resource for genealogy. But let’s start out with an explanation of Quakerism from

The Religious Society of Friends is the name of the group commonly known as Quakers. Friends are a Christian group who believe in the presence of God within each person, often referred to as the “Inner Light.” Quakers emphasize a personal commitment to God and humanitarian causes. The Religious Society of Friends was founded in the mid-17th century in England by George Fox (1624-1691).

The Society of Friends took its name from the New Testament gospel of John, which says, “You are my friends if you do whatever I command.” (John 15:12-15). The original Quakers called themselves “Friends of Truth” after this verse. They were also known as the “Children of Light.”

The Society of Friends is commonly known as Quakers because the original Friends were mocked for “trembling with religious zeal.”


The Quaker Information Center at the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana, can help. Their site has information on Quakerism, a resource list of printed publications, and this list of major collections of U.S. Quaker archives:

Following are some of the major collections of the records of U.S. Friends meetings. It would be helpful and appreciated if you would review the web pages of these collections before making inquiries to them:

  • Most archives of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Baltimore Yearly Meeting are stored with one or both of the two libraries listed below.
  • The records of New York Yearly Meeting are deposited in the Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College. Friends Historical Library Swarthmore College Phone: 610-328-8496 Email: (See the link for “genealogy.”)

Free Quaker genealogy resources online for your family history research. Let me know what you find.

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”


  1. Corinne Evans 3 June 2013 at 8:01 AM

    My family were founding members of the first American meeting house, in what is now Eliot, Maine. i would like information and physical verification of that fact. We still have family members that live in that area.

    • sassyjane 3 June 2013 at 4:21 PM

      I’ll send you email, Corinne. Sounds interesting!

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