Presentations – Quakers (Religious Society of Friends)

Ancestry believes that about half of the US population – with an ancestor living in or moving through the Mid-Atlantic region between 1680 and 1780 – had at least one Quaker ancestor! Finding a Quaker ancestor in your family tree may blow open multiple brick walls.

PROFILE OF A QUAKER – Finding a Friend in Colonial America    Beginner

The profile of a Quaker (Friend) can be as distinctive as a fingerprint with their unique ethnic origin, belief system, marriage practices, and separate record structure. This session will teach you the profiling techniques you’ll need to spot a Quaker in colonial America.

 SIMPLY AMAZING – US Quaker Records Online   Beginner & Intermediate (75 min)

In 2014 released its US Quaker Meetings records after years of scanning and indexing. These religious records span the centuries from 1681-1935. By using this subscription website, original records can be viewed online, by browsing the film images or with the aid of a comprehensive index. Learn how to navigate the site and see examples of the basic Quaker record types. A must for anyone with an ancestral brick wall in colonial America.

QUAKER MIGRATIONS – Across Ye United States   Intermediate (60 & 75 min)

How do you find lost Quaker families? FOLLOW THE MEETINGS. Learn how to track your Quaker ancestors by following the opening and closing of monthly meetings they attended. Then marvel at an animated video clip of Quaker meetings marching across the country for 350 years. You won’t believe your eyes!

Ye BEST BOOKS – for Quaker Research  Intermediate (60 & 75 min)

Before the world wide web and the age of internet documents, books were one of the family historian’s most available assets. In the Quaker way, they allowed an expanding nation to share knowledge when the original records were concentrated in only a few repositories. While derivative materials are less reliable as sources, they play a valuable role as “Finding Aids” to help you locate the original record for your Quaker ancestors, or to understand if it even exists.

IRISH FRIENDS MIGRATION TO PENNSYLVANIA – Uncovering an Ulster Family Story    Beginner

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.

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

Are you so lost in Ireland that you need a miracle or help from a leprechaun? Maybe your ancestor was a Quaker (Religious Society of Friends). This session will introduce you to various types of Quaker records so you can navigate the best church records of the Emerald Isle.

 QUAKER DATES – And the Missing 11 Days of 1752    Beginner

Conflicting dates on vital records can be puzzling. Is that date – month day year – or day month year? Learn about how clerks in the British Isles and the American colonies created a dating system that linked to both the old Julian and new Gregorian calendars.

A RAMBLING FRIEND – Tracking an Ulsterman in US Quaker Records   Intermediate-Advanced

The depth and breadth of Quaker (Friends) records is simply amazing. Track one immigrant from Ireland – as he gets off the boat until he is disowned. But just when you think the records will run out, they will leap up and surprise you.

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