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History in the United States

Members of the Society of Friends (often referred to as Quakers) began immigrating from England, Wales, and Germany in the late 1600s. A large group of Quakers settled near Philadelphia. By 1700 the Society gained considerable influence in most of the New England and middle-Atlantic colonies. Quaker migration to the southern colonies, especially North Carolina, continued until the Revolutionary War when the strength of the Society began to decline. Many Quakers left the southern states and migrated primarily to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Canada.

Society of Friends (Quaker) Church Records

Types of Church Records

Where they are Located

  • QuakerMeetings.com

Quakermeetings.com is a website devoted to recording information concerning all Quaker congregations (meetings)which have existed in America, including the date of the first and last meeting, where records are kept and subordinate congregations. A valuable resource!

  • Orthodox Records

Magill Historical Library
Haverford College
Haverford, PA 19041
Telephone: 610-896-1175
Fax: 610-896-1102
Internet: www.haverford.edu/library/special/

  • Hicksite Records

Friends Historical Library
Swarthmore College
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Telephone: 610-328-8496
Internet: www.swarthmore.edu/library/friends/


Important guides to records include:

  • Hinshaw, William Wade. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. Six Volumes. www.erhs.info Ann Arbor, Michigan: Edwards Brothers, 1936-1950. FHL Collection Book 973 D2he]; FHL Collection Film 432597-606; FHL Collection Fiche 6051371-79.
  • Hill, Thomas C. Monthly Meetings in North America: An Index. Second Edition. Cincinnati, Ohio: N.p., 1993. FHL Collection Book 973 K22h 1998; FHL Collection film 1698282 item 11. Alphabetical by monthly meeting. Gives address and sometimes location of records.

 

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