23 August 2012

The Dictionary of Quaker Genealogy Terms & Phrases

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Whether your ancestors were Quaker or not, understanding Quaker genealogy terms and phrases, is important to your research.  Quakers did not just interact with one another or conduct business just in their own communities. This means that if your ancestors lived near Quaker settlements, you might find this dictionary helpful.

In North Carolina, one often finds Quaker “dates” in deeds and other records and such “dating” is a great clue about religious affiliation.

Have you had a situation where Quaker records helped you with your non-Quaker ancestors?

Editor’s note: Thanks to the GenealogyBlog for letting us know about this resource.

Editor’s note: The Friends Historical Library, located on the campus of Swarthmore College also has some great resources relevant to genealogical research. I noticed a link to Quakers & Slavery and found this a fascinating website.

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1 comment:

  1. An Upfront with NGS reader shares ...

    "I live about half an hour from Swarthmore and was there quite a few years ago with Kay Freilich and a group from the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. I didn't learn about non-Quaker ancestors, but to my surprise and, I admit, entertainment, learned a Quaker ancestor, a pillar of the community, judge, etc., was read out of meeting "for farthering (sic) a child out of wedlock." (Wish I knew if his wife had died by then.) Another was banished for drilling with the militia at the time of the French and Indian Wars and later served in the Revolution as a private, along with four others who were a Colonel, 2nd Lieutenant, member of the Committee of Safety and a Letters of Marque privateer, some of them being descended from the Friends who established the local meeting which still exists.

    Tracing ancestors is great fun - you never know what you're going to discover!"