- Hardcover: 138 pages
- Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company; Second Printing edition (January 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806311908
- ISBN-13: 978-0806311906
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Oh, you think I'm kidding. But I'm not. Let me quote from page 32, emphasis from the book itself:
"LEARN THE ELEMENTS OF THIS MONTHLY MEETING WELL. FOR IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO DO ANY VALID AND COMPREHENSIVE RESEARCH WITHOUT MONTHLY MEETING RECORDS. THEREFORE, IT FOLLOWS THAT THE MONTHLY MEETING OF AN ANCESTOR MUST BE KNOWN BEFORE ANY MEANINGFUL RESEARCH CAN BE DONE. WE CANNOT EMPHASIZE THIS POINT ENOUGH."
This is the general tone of the book. All capital warnings are placed throughout. The above paragraph, by the way, is just telling you that you have to know where your ancestor lived and worshipped to be able to find out more about them. In reality, not so scary, eh?
Now, this book has its place. It has some informative background on Quakers and Quakerism, a nice biblography and a brief rundown on repostitories of Quaker Meeting records. Also, it reflects the year it was written in (1987) which was just prior to the popular boom of genealogy, and so its dryness is not atypical. However, it should have been so much more.
There should have been more on migration, and what that means to the researcher. For example, as soon as one of my ancestral Quaker families was all nicely settled in a town with great record keeping, they would pick up and move to the frontier! This was very common for Quakers who, for various reasons, wanted to move away from societies based on other religions. There should have been at least one migration map.Read more ›
This book is well written and easy to follow with good examples. It's a comprehensive guide to finding Quaker records for genealogical research. Reading this book will make the journey much easier and will facilitate interpretation of Quaker records. I have only just begun the process, but the information provided in the book has been a great help in getting started.
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I recently learned that I have Quaker ancestors dating back to early America and wanted to learn more about finding the records available. Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by Lisa Turrentine