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This data set contains images of the pages of all six volumes of the "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy" originally published by the Genealogical Publishing Company. This is an especially valuable resource considering that almost half of all persons who can trace their ancestry in America prior to 1850 have Quaker ancestors. Approximately 455,000 Quakers who resided in New Jersey, New York, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are referenced within these pages.

These six volumes were compiled by William Wade Hinshaw from monthly meeting records and are among the most important works on Quaker genealogy ever published. According to the "National Genealogical Society Quarterly," these volumes represent "One of the indisputably great moments of genealogical research in the twentieth century." (Volume XXXVIII, Number 2, June 1950).

The information contained in these volumes is of great importance because Quakers did not have their vital statistics recorded in civil offices prior to 1850. The records kept by Friends Monthly Meetings during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries usually consisted of births, deaths, marriages, and, of great importance, certificates of removal for Society of Friends members who relocated from one meeting to another. For a more complete description, please see the "Introduction to William Wade Hinshaw's Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy."

The following observations were made about the materials as they were originally published in book form:

"The records of the Society of Friends are perhaps the most complete of all church records; few happenings went unrecorded."
-- P. William Filby, American & British Genealogy & Heraldry (1983)
"One of the indisputably great moments of genealogical research in the twentieth century..."
-- National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volume XXXVIII, No. 2 (June 1950)

About The Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy

Author: Mike Tepper, Genealogical Publishing Company

No class or group of records, religious or secular, has been as meticulously kept as Quaker records. The oldest Quaker records span three centuries of American history and illustrate a general trend of migration from New England and the middle Atlantic states southward to Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia, and west into the Northwest Territory to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and beyond. The importance of these records cannot be overestimated. Not until recently have Quaker vital statistics been recorded in civil offices; thus, for about two centuries the only vital records concerning these people are to be met with in the Quaker records themselves. The records are monuments of painstaking documentation, recording births, marriages, and deaths, as well as evidence of removal from one meeting to another. (The monthly meeting, during which information is recorded is, in fact a business meeting.)

Hinshaw's "Encyclopedia" is estimated to contain well over a half-million entries. The compilation was a tremendous achievement and represented almost a lifetime of labor. In its production, thousands of records were located and abstracted into a uniform and intelligible system of abbreviations. In general, the material is arranged by meeting, then alphabetically by family name, and chronologically thereunder. Each volume contains a history of the yearly meeting and each monthly meeting is preceded by a brief historical sketch.

North Carolina - Volume I

Containing every item of genealogical value found in all records and minutes of the thirty-three monthly meetings which belong, or ever belonged, to the North Carolina yearly meeting of Friends (whose records are known to be still in existence).

This is the first volume of Quaker church records complete in itself, for the monthly meetings of the Carolinas and Tennessee which were part of the North Carolina Yearly Meeting. The records consist of every item of genealogical value including births, marriages, deaths, and minutes of proceedings, grouped together for each meeting by families, in alphabetical order, and covering the period from 1680 through the early 1930s. The minutes relating to certificates of removal are numerous and of great genealogical interest, particularly as they give evidence either of membership in a previous monthly meeting or membership in a new meeting, thus enabling genealogists to trace Quaker ancestors from one place to another. Records contained herein refer to the following monthly meetings:

Perquimans (Piney Woods), NC
Pasquotank (Symons Creek), NC
Suttons Creek, NC
Rich Square, NC
Core Sound, NC
Contentnea (Nahunta), NC
Neuse, NC
Woodland, NC
Cane Creek, NC
Spring, NC
Holly Spring, NC
New Garden, NC
Dover, NC
Hopewell, NC
Greensboro, NC
Center, NC
Black Creek, NC
Marlborough, NC
Deep River, NC
Springfield, NC
Union, NC
High Point, NC
Westfield, NC
Deep Creek, NC
Mt. Pleasant (Chestnut Creek), VA
Bush River, SC
Wrightsborough, SC
Cane Creek, SC
Piney Grove, SC
Charleston, SC
New Hope, TN
Lost Creek, TN
Newberry (Friendsville), TN

New Jersey And Pennsylvania - Volume II

Containing every item of genealogical value found in all records and minutes (known to be in existence) of four of the oldest monthly meetings which ever belonged to the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends.

This volume is complete in itself for the New Jersey and Pennsylvania monthly meetings which were part of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. It includes all records of genealogical value, Orthodox and Hicksite, known to be in existence for the meetings from the latter quarter of the seventeenth century down to the time the work was originally published (1938). The records are (1) of births and deaths and (2) minutes and marriages, grouped together in alphabetical order by family name, in two sections for each meeting. For the researcher's convenience the marriages are recorded under the names of both brides and grooms. The work also contains invaluable abstracts of certificates of removal and admission and actions of disownment. Records contained in this work are those of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and include Salem Monthly Meeting (NJ), Burlington Monthly Meeting (NJ), Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (PA), and Falls Monthly Meeting (PA). Brief sketches of the various meetings place the work in historical perspective and document the original records. As with the other volumes in the set, a master index covers the whole of the volume.

New York - Volume III

Containing every item of genealogical value found in all records and minutes (known to be in existence) of all meetings of all grades ever organized in New York City and on Long Island (1657 to the present time) including both Hicksite and Orthodox groups of the New York Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends.

The material in this volume consists of data of genealogical interest recorded in the books of four monthly meetings covering the activities of the members of twenty-two Meetings for Worship and other meetings in New York City and Long Island. These records are supplemented by information found in family bibles of early Long Island Quakers; also by burial registers and tombstone data from several burial grounds, Quaker and non-Quaker. Births, marriages, deaths, and certificates of removal are grouped together by meeting and arranged in alphabetical order under the family name. About 370 pages are devoted to the important New York City Monthly Meeting; smaller sections cover the Flushing, Westbury, and Jericho Monthly Meetings. Unusual importance is attached to this book in that every item in the entire volume was extracted from original books of records and minutes and alphabetized by John Cox, Jr., author of "Quakerism in the City of New York, 1657-1930" (1930).

Ohio - Volume IV

Listing marriages, births, deaths, certificates, disownments, etc. and much collateral information of interest to genealogy, history, biology, and social conditions Volumes IV and V comprise a two-volume set, each volume containing about half of the Ohio Quaker genealogical records. Volume IV is the largest of the two and is in fact the largest volume of the whole "Encyclopedia." Quakers arrived in the Old Northwest by the thousands, establishing hundred of Meetings for Worship and erecting an unprecedented number of monthly meetings. Volume IV contains the genealogical records found in all original books of the thirty monthly meetings listed below and now belonging to, and under, the jurisdiction of the two presently (1946) established Ohio Yearly Meetings; namely, the Wilbur and Gurney Branches of the Society of Friends in Ohio. Twenty-five of the monthly meetings are in Ohio, four are in Pennsylvania, and one is in Michigan. The thirty monthly meetings whose records of births, marriages, and deaths are included in this volume are as follow:

Westland, Washington County, PA
Redstone, Fayette County, PA
Sewickley, Westmoreland County, PA
Concord, Belmont County, OH
Plymouth-Smithfield, Jefferson County, OH
Middleton, Columbiana County, OH
Short Creek (Mt. Pleasant), Jefferson County, OH
Salem, Columbiana County, OH
New Garden, Columbiana County, OH
Stillwater, Belmont County, OH
Providence, Fayette County, PA
Carmel, Columbiana County, OH
Alum Creek, Delaware County, OH
Flushing, Belmont County, OH
Somerset, Belmont County, OH
Sandy Spring, Columbiana County, OH
Goshen, Logan County, OH
Upper Springfield, Columbiana County, OH
Deerfield (Pennsville), Morgan County, OH
Plainfield, Belmont County, OH
Marlborough, Stark County, OH
Chesterfield, Athens County, OH
Gilead, Morrow County, OH
West, Mahoning County, OH
Greenwich, Morrow County, OH
Plymouth, Washington County, OH
East Goshen, Mahoning County, OH
Columbus, Franklin County, OH
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH
Adrian, MI

Ohio - Volume V

Listing marriages, births, deaths, certificates, disownments, etc. and much collateral information of interest to genealogy, history, biology, and social conditions.

Volume V completes the Ohio Quaker genealogical records. It contains the genealogical records found in all original books known to exist of the twenty-one monthly meetings listed below and now belonging to and under the jurisdiction of the Wilmington Yearly Meeting, Clinton County, Ohio, and/or the Indiana Yearly Meeting, Richmond, Indiana. All twenty-one meetings are located in south-central, western, and southwestern Ohio. Records of meetings formerly held in these areas, but now laid down (including Hicksite), are included. Ohio Yearly Meeting was established in 1813 by Baltimore Yearly Meeting and took jurisdiction over all meetings in Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and Indiana. (Indiana Yearly Meeting was established in 1821 and took jurisdiction over western Ohio and all of Indiana.) The monthly meetings included in this volume are as follow:

Miami, Warren County, OH
Fairfield, Highland County, OH
West Branch, Miami County, OH
Center, Clinton County, OH
Elk, Preble County, OH
Caesar's Creek, Clinton County, OH
Fall Creek, Highland County, OH
Mill Creek, Miami County, OH
Clear Creek, Clinton County, OH
Union, Miami County, OH
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, OH
Newberry, Clinton County, OH
Lees Creek, Highland County, OH
Springfield, Clinton County, OH
Westfield, Preble County, OH
Green Plain, Clark County, OH
Springborough, Warren County, OH
Dover, Clinton County, OH
Hopewell, Clinton County, OH
Wilmington, Clinton County, OH
Van Wert, Van Wert County, OH

Virginia - Volume VI

Completed under tremendous difficulty (Hinshaw died shortly after compilation of the material), the sixth volume of this monumental reference work deals with Virginia Quaker genealogical records.

Virginia Yearly Meeting (later disbanded and attached to Baltimore Yearly Meeting) comprised thirteen monthly meetings and all particular meetings ever established within the state of Virginia with the following exceptions: (1) those particular meetings west of the Blue Ridge in the Valley of Virginia and those immediately south of the Potomac (belonging to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and later Baltimore Yearly Meeting), and (2) the nine particular meetings in the extreme southwestern part of the state (belonging to North Carolina Yearly Meeting).

As in the preceding volumes, births, marriages, and deaths are arranged by monthly meeting, then alphabetically by family name and thereunder chronologically, with all names listed in the index at the end of the book. In addition to the records of the monthly meetings named below (at which the vital statistics were meticulously recorded), this volume includes separate sections containing the marriage bonds of Campbell and Bedford counties. Records contained herein refer to the following monthly meetings:

Pagan Creek
Western Branch
Black Water
Cedar Creek
Camp Creek
South River
Goose Creek (Bedford County)
Crooked Run
Goose Creek (Loudoun County)

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