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October 6, 2005

Celebrate Family History Month at OneGreatFamily

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Celebrate National Family History Month at OneGreatFamily

United States Senate officially recognized October as National Family History Month

Every October we at OneGreatFamily honor National Family History Month. In 2003 the United States Senate officially recognized October as National Family History Month, a time "to encourage family history research, education, and the sharing of knowledge."

President George W. Bush, in signing a Proclamation in support of Family History Month in 2003, said, "Lessons in family lineage are often lessons in courage, endurance, and love. While tracing our roots can be challenging, the rewards can be great - affirming our pride in our history and keeping us mindful of the sacrifices of our forbears."

We at OneGreatFamily also wish to echo those sentiments by encouraging everyone to spend time this month in pursuing the discovery of their personal roots as a gift to future generations.

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Lisa Lights the Way

Quaker Records

by Lisa South, Certified Genealogist

Before I studied genealogy, all I knew about the Quakers was from the book, Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West. I knew Quakers believed in plain dress and used the beautiful "Thee and "Thou" instead of "you" and "your" - but there is so much more to know!

The Society of Friends or Quakers is a religion sect that was founded in England in 1652 by George Fox. The Quakers sent missionaries to the US in 1656 and after some initial persecution the religion began to grow. A large number of Quakers went with William Penn and helped settle Pennsylvania, but Quakers lived in all of the early states.

Accurate record keeping has always been very important to the Quakers. Minute books of the monthly, quarterly and yearly meetings were kept, but the ones of most value to the genealogist are the monthly meeting minute books. These books include birth, marriage and burial records. They also contained "removals" (members wanting permission to move to another location.) These help us establish our ancestor's migration pattern. The women and men had an equal place in worship, and from 1670 until 1890 separate men's and women's business meetings were held and minutes were kept by both groups. If one record was lost or destroyed the other usually survived. The men's minutes were referred to as " The Minutes".

A large number of Quaker records have been transcribed and are in print. The best known collection is Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy by William Wade Hinshaw; Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore. These books can be found in many genealogical collections.

Many records have been microfilmed by the LDS Church and are available at their branch libraries through inter-library loan.

The two major repositories for Quaker Records in the U.S. are:

Haverford College Library
Quaker and Special Collections
370 Lancaster Ave.
Haverford, PA 19041

Friends Historical Library
500 College Ave.
Swathmore, PA 19081

Both of these libraries have good internet sites that tell us about their collections, hours, etc.

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Managing Editor: Heather Matthews
Contributors: Heather Matthews, Lisa South and Rob Armstrong
Editor: Tracy Armstrong

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