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Our Quaker Ancestors : Finding Them in Quaker Records [Hardcover]

by Ellen Thomas Berry, David Allen Berry
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January 1996 0806311908 978-0806311906
Our Quaker Ancestors sets out to acquaint the researcher with the types of Quaker records that are available, the location of the records, and the proper and effective use of those records, guiding him through the pyramidal "meeting" structure to the records of birth, marriage, death, disownment, and removal awaiting him in record repositories across the country. The work begins with a short but essential history of the Quaker movement and a discussion of its organization and structure, particularly as it affects genealogical research. Later chapters describe Quaker migrations to and within America, the special types of records available for research, and the Berrys' very own methods for locating and using those records. In addition, there are chapters on record repositories and libraries with Quaker source material, non-Quaker repositories, and Quaker sources and repositories outside the U.S., together with a bibliography, maps of selected meeting locations, and a glossary of terms peculiar to the Society of Friends. This is indispensable for anyone tracing ancestors who were either birthright members of the Society or who became members through "convincement" or marriage.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company (January 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806311908
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806311906
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't let this book scare you! December 16, 2003
By dinska
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When I found out my great-great grandmother came from Quaker stock I was glad to find this book. After reading it I was scared to death that I would never find anything on her family! Don't let this happen to you!
Oh, you think I'm kidding. But I'm not. Let me quote from page 32, emphasis from the book itself:
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.
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Our Quaker Ancestors : Finding Them in Quaker Records

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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4.0 out of 5 stars Quaker Genealogy September 1, 2013
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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. This book is an easy read and very helpful.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Our Quaker Ancestors December 23, 2011
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Not at all the information I had hoped for. Disappointed. Service was great though.It came quickly and packaged very well. Thanks anyway.
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