Presentations – Advanced Genealogy Topics


DIGGING DEEPER – Into Quaker Sufferings and Removals  (Intermediate – Advanced  @ 75 min)

Quakers created two unique record sets: ‘Sufferings’ and ‘Certificates of Removal.’ Sufferings are often the oldest available records, while removals can be key to migrations studies. Explore both in detail. Discover how to transform raw records into databases, so you can uncover previously unknown facts about YOUR ancestor and their Quaker associates.


FINDING YEARLY MEETING RECORDS – Quaker Archives in the US and Canada  (Intermediate 75 min)

Unlike other religious denominations, Quakers do not centralize their records. With over 36 Yearly Meetings in the US and Canada, each is responsible for its own archives. Learn where and how to gain access to these repositories whether housed at Quaker colleges, state historical societies, yearly meeting headquarters, or now available on-line.


AN UNEXPECTED EXODUS – Southern Quakers to the Midwest    Intermediate

You say that the Quakers migrated from the south to the Old Northwest Territory in the early 1800s. Some say that slavery in the South caused it. Did this mass migration really happen? Retrace the exodus of Southern Quakers by comparing its footprints in printed sources, Hinshaw’s abstracts, and original records now available on-line.


YOUR POT OF GOLD – Irish Quaker Records  (Intermediate 75 min)

While Irish Quaker records are similar to those in Britain, the ones in Ireland are better! The Emerald Isle benefits from having its Quaker records centralized in two archives, has more extensive sufferings, and has some of the only wills to have survived the Four Courts fire of 1922. Did the luck of the Irish touch YOUR ancestor? In Ireland some Quaker surnames come with a detailed pedigree. Learn to navigate the most complete church records of Ireland.


IRISH QUAKER MIGRATION TO PENNSYLVANIA – Uncovering an Ulster Family Story (Intermediate)

Did you know that Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) was one of three major religions in America prior to the revolution? While small in numbers, the travels of Irish Friends are so well documented they provide a migration template for English-speaking nonconformists.