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 belief.net:
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.”
Read more at http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/christianity/protestant/2000/10/who-are-the-quakers.aspx#m6QcvMSDJSQ3CLvB.99
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: firstname.lastname@example.org (See the link for “genealogy.”)
- Quaker Collection: http://www.haverford.edu/library/special/collections/quaker/index.php Haverford College Phone: 610-896-1161 Email: email@example.com
- Archives for North Carolina and the southeastern U.S. are stored at: Friends Historical Collection: Guilford College Phone: (336) 316-2264 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Archives for Indiana and Western and Northern Yearly Meetings are housed at Friends Collection: www.earlham.edu/library/content/friends/ Earlham College See: Genealogy at Earlham Phone: 765 983-1743 Email:email@example.com
- Archives of New England Yearly Meeting are deposited with: The Rhode Island Historical Society: www.rihs.org/libraryhome.htm Quaker archivist: Jodi Goodman Phone: 401-237-8107 (Ext. 19) Email: NEYM@rihs.org
- Archives of Ohio Yearly Meeting (Conservative branch) are in the Center for Archival Collections: Center for Archival Collections: www.bgsu.edu/colleges/library/cac/
Free Quaker genealogy resources online for your family history research. Let me know what you find.