What can these records tell me?

There are both transcripts and images of the original registers provided in this collection. You may be able to learn the following information from the transcripts:

  • Name
  • Occupation
  • Address
  • Marriage year
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Spouse’s name
  • Spouse’s occupation
  • Spouse’s address
  • Father’s name and address
  • Mother��s name and address
  • Spouse’s father’s name and address
  • Spouse’s mother’s name and address
  • Attendee list – In some instances, there are dozens of names included in these attendee lists and some attendees’ dates of birth are also recorded.
  • County
  • Meeting and description
  • Archive and reference

You can use the optional keyword field to search the records by occupation, marriage place, attendee’s or parent’s names, or residence.

The images of the original registers may be able to provide you with additional details regarding your ancestor’s marriage.

Discover more about the Quaker collection

William Edmundson, the 'father of Irish Quakers', was the first Quaker in Ireland and opened the first meetinghouse in County Armagh in 1654. Edmundson converted to Quakerism in 1653 while posted in Chesterfield as part of the Parliamentary Army. He is also credited with the record keeping tradition that has resulted in such a prolific collection of births, marriages, and deaths. His marriage to Margaret Stanford is noted in these records. Their marriage year is listed as 1652 and Margaret’s address is recorded as Derbyshire England. Edmundson’s parents are listed as John and Grace, with their residence recorded as Westmoreland.

The extensive Quaker records date back to the mid-1600s and continue up to present-day. At each monthly meeting, Quakers recorded births, marriages, and deaths, which has resulted in a rich collection to aid in researching your Quaker ancestors.