Society of Friends (Quakers) in the United States

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History in the United States[edit | edit source]

Members of the Society of Friends (often referred to as Quakers) began immigrating from England, Wales, and Germany in the late 1600s. A large group of Quakers settled near Philadelphia. By 1700 the Society gained considerable influence in most of the New England and middle-Atlantic colonies. Quaker migration to the southern colonies, especially North Carolina, continued until the Revolutionary War when the strength of the Society began to decline. Many Quakers left the southern states and migrated primarily to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Canada.

Society of Friends (Quaker) Church Records[edit | edit source]

Types of Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most Quaker records include births, marriages and deaths as well as certificates of removal when a member moved from one congregation (meeting) to another.

  • Berry, Ellen Thomas and David Allen. Our Quaker Ancestors : finding them in Quaker records. Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1987. FHL Collection Book 973 D27bq  Worldcat entry Free to view at

Finding Records[edit | edit source]

Finding Aid[edit | edit source]

  • is a website devoted to recording information concerning all Quaker congregations (meetings)which have existed in America, including the date of the first and last meeting, where records are kept and subordinate congregations.

Writing to Local Churches[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

  • Orthodox Records

Haverford College Library
Haverford, PA 19041
Telephone: 610-896-1175
Fax: 610-896-1102

A few images showing the Quaker and Special Collections at Haverford College and a very small sampling of records available.

  • Hicksite Records

Swarthmore College Friends Historical Library
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Telephone: 610-328-8496

A few images showing the Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College and a small sampling of records available.

A few images showing the Friends Historical Collection at Guilford College and a very small sampling of records available.

Cyndi's List - Quaker

Lists Major Collections and other resources

Guides to Records[edit | edit source]

See also U.S. Quaker Research (Society of Friends).