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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Q is for Quakers
Quakers are an interesting bunch - When I am going through records I see many of my ancestors were Quakers. Imagine that!
Quakers are members of a religious group that began in England during the English Civil War (1642–1651) The formal name is the ‘Religious Society of Friends’. Quakers did not separate religious life and secular life. They felt that all could live together in peace if they followed the Holy Spirit. Quakers, or Friends have been known for the religious testimonies against war and slavery, and in support of simplicity and social justice. Many early leaders of the anti-slavery, anti-war and woman’s rights movements have been Quakers.
Apparently, the Quaker records are among the most detailed. There are generally two types of monthly meeting records, minutes taken during the business meeting, and separate registers of births, marriages and burials and notes about attendance and certificates of removal. Because Quakers were required to marry other Quakers, once you find one Quaker ancestor, you'll probably find many others. Each meeting kept records for individuals and families as long as they remained faithful members of the meeting and within its geographical boundaries.
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