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Researching Quaker Records

All the listings here are intended to help guide a person in researching Quaker Records, this is not a complete listing of what the library holds. Please refer to our online catalog to do more in-depth searching.

Overview of Quaker History:

     The formation of the "Society of Friends," or Quakers, began during the Restoration period in England. In its early stages, it was under the direction of George Fox (1624-1691) whose preaching in ca. 1647 differed from the current religious beliefs. Fox felt that "Christ speaks directly to each human soul who seeks him; spiritual life depends upon direct communion with Him; all men may find salvation and life in him." Although Fox never intended to form a separate religious society, the ideas that he preached about spread quickly. By the year 1654, there were Quakers living in most of the counties of England, as well as Scotland, Ireland, and America.

To read more about Quaker history and its beliefs, the library has a variety of books that are available for researching.

1.    Trueblood, D. Elton. The People Called Quakers. New York: Harper Row, 1966. 289.6 TRU.

2.     Hull, William I William Penn and the Dutch Quaker Migration to Pennsylvania. Baltimore: Genealogical,  1970. GEN QUAK H913W

289.6 TRU.

Where Do I Start?

To begin researching Quaker records it's important to know what kind of records are available for research. The following listings are to help guide you and are available from the library's collection.

  1. Berry, Ellen Thomas. Our Quaker Ancestors: Finding Them in Quaker Records.Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1987.GEN R QUAK B534o


  1. Quaker Genealogy. Perf. Stephen Conte, New Jersey: West Cadwell, 1989.



What Ohio Records Are Available?

The following is a select list of what the library holds for Quaker research for the state of Ohio. If you are looking for a more specific area of Quakers in Ohio, please use our online catalog.

  1. Burke, James L and Donald E. Bensch. Mount Pleasant and the Early Quakers of Ohio. Columbus, OH: Ohio Historical Society, 1975. 289.6771 BUR.

  1. Davis, Eileen. Quaker Records of the Miami Valley. Owensboro, KY: Cook- McDowell, 1981. GEN R QUAK D261q.
  1. Observing Our 150th Yearly Meeting.Damascus, OH: The FriendsChurch. 1962. GEN R QUAK O14.

What Other State Records Are Available?

The following is a selected list of library holdings for other states.If you do not see something that you are looking for here, please refer to our online catalog.


1.     Abstracts of Records of the Society of Friends of Vermilion Quarterly Meeting in Vermilion Grove, Illinois.

         Danville, IL: Illiana Genealogical and Historical Society, 1970.


1.     Heiss, Williard ed. Abstracts of the Records of the Society of Friends in Indiana. Vol. 1-6. Indianpolis, IN: Indiana Historical Society, 1962. GEN R QUAK A164i.


  1. McGhee, Lucy Kate. Comp. Maryland Quaker (Friends) Records of Third Haven Talbot Co. Vol1. GEN R QUAK M393m


  1. Penden, Henry C. Quaker Records of Southern Maryland: Births, Deaths, Marriages, and Abstracts From the Minutes. 1658-1800. Westminster, MD:Family Line Publications. 1992, GEN R QUAK P371q.


1.Beard, Alice L. Nottingham Quakers. Westminster, MD: Family Line

Publishing, 1989.GEN R QUAK B619b.

2.Hull, William I. William Penn and the Dutch Quaker Migration to Pennsylvania.

Baltimore, MD: Genealogical, 1970. GEN R QUAK H913w.

3.McNeill, Ruby Simonson, comp. Quaker Records, Exeter Monthly Meeting.

Spokane, WA: McNeill, 1984 and 1991. GEN R QUAK A1bi.


1.Bell, James Plinkney Pleasant, comp.

Our Quaker Friends: of Ye Olden Time:Being in Part a Transcript of the Minute Books of Cedar Creek Meeting, Hanover County, and the South River meeting, Campbell County, Va.Baltimore, MD: Genealogical, 1976. GEN R QUAK B433o.

2.Joint Committee of Hopewell Friends.

Hopewell Friends History, 1734-1934, Frederick County Virginia: Records of Hopewell Monthly Meetings and Meetings Reporting to Hopewell. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical, 1975. GEN R QUAK H791.

What's Available On the Web?

Cyndi's List. 23 Oct. 2006.

MaloneCollege Library. 1 Nov. 2006.

HaverfordCollege. 15 Nov.2006.

The Quaker Corner. 23 Oct. 2006.

QuakerInfoCenter. 23 Oct. 2006.

Religious Society of Friends. 1 Nov. 2006.