Overheard in GenForum: Early Quakers in Maryland
Of all of these meetings, the one most useful to genealogists, is the Monthly Meeting. There are two different types of records that were generated by the monthly meeting, the minutes and the registers. The minutes are the ones in which you will find the vital statistics of entire families.
William Wade Hinshaw's Work
When someone mentions Quaker records, it is inevitable that someone else will mention Hinshaw. The two go hand in hand. You are correct though that Hinshaw's work does not include all records from all the Quaker meetings.
His published volumes, six in all, are broken up by states.
In addition to these six volumes, the work done by Willard Heiss in transcribing the records of the Indiana meetings is very often listed as Volume 7 of Hinshaw, despite the fact that the work was done after Hinshaw's death.
Additional Hinshaw Quaker Records
What does a researcher do though if they discover that the monthly meeting they are in need of has not been included in Hinshaw's volumes? The published volumes of Hinshaw actually just scratch the surface, even in regards to his own work. The Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College, has the largest collection of Quaker meeting archives. However, they also include The William Wade Hinshaw Index to Unpublished Quaker Records, which consists of some 285,000 three-by-five cards. These additional Hinshaw records have been microfilmed by the Family History Library.
The William Wade Hinshaw Index to Quaker Meeting Records in the Friends Library in Swarthmore College is a cross index that lists the surnames and indicates in what monthly meetings those surnames occur. You might find two microfilms in this collection interesting, and they are available from the Family History Library:
The meeting minutes are then found on an additional 70 reels of microfilm.
Repositories of Quaker Records
As was mentioned earlier, The Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College's collection is the largest collection of archives in either original manuscript or microfilm format. They were founded in 1871 for the express purpose of preserving the records of the monthly meetings under the jurisdiction of the Baltimore and Philadelphia Yearly Meetings. So for your research, this may be the place to go. If you cannot get to the library on your own, you will probably need to hire a professional, as the librarians cannot answer research requests. However, should you be able to visit in person, they will be able to assist you.
The address for the library is:The Friends Historical Library
The Quaker Collection
Haverford College Library
Haverford, PA 19041
Finally, in regards to the book by Phebe Jacobsen, while I have not seen it, I discovered that it was catalogued in the Family History Library Catalog under MARYLAND - CHURCH RECORDS, INVENTORIES, REGISTERS AND CATALOGS. This leads me to believe that it is going to tell you where Quaker records can be found, rather than having the actual records for you to look at and search through. It was published in Annapolis, Maryland by the Hall of Records Commission in 1966.
You will want to search the FHLC at your local Family History Center or online, as there are a few books and a couple of microfilms for Maryland Quakers. And for a good online site, check out The Quaker Corner.The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Genealogy, now in its second edition. She is the author of four how-to guides on Family Tree Maker. In late 2001, she wrote The Genealogist's Computer Companion. She is a contributing editor to Biography Magazine with her "Celebrity Roots" column and a contributing writer to The History Channel Magazine. Her latest book is Finding Your Famous and Infamous Ancestors. She may be contacted at email@example.com.
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