My last post on the Encyclopedia of American Genealogy, outlined the treasure trove of information on Quaker meetings and how they can be exceptionally helpful in doing Colonial American genealogy research.
I also mentioned that the Encyclopedia while rich isn’t comprehensive in its coverage of all monthly meeting records. So how do we find the records not contained in the Encyclopdedia?
I’ve created a tool that should be helpful in finding a few more meeting records. HathiTrust has a nice assortment of digitized, online books containing meeting minutes. I’ve created a collection, Quaker Meetings (just click here to go to the list online), where I’ve pulled together almost 100 books with meeting minutes. Most are monthly meetings. A few are quarterly and annual meetings, which have interesting historical value, but not a lot of genealogical value. That said, you can find out when monthly meetings were established and “laid down” or discontinued, and you can determine which monthly meetings are happening in the geographic area of your search in quarterly meeting records. Further, I’ve added a few unique documents that I felt were genealogy-rich. They are discourses or memorials on deceased members!! Kinda-sorta obits!
While this is a nice little collection of Quaker Monthly Meeting records and well worth your time to check out, the mother load of Quaker Monthly Meeting records can be found through Family Search (www.familysearch.org). I’ll tell you more about that in my next post.