Quaker Family History Society

for family historians with Quaker ancestors from the British Isles







Where to find local records

Acknowledgements: These notes are based mainly on information kindly supplied by local archivists and librarians in response to queries made by the Quaker FHS in 1994 and 1998, with supplemental information from the list of local Meeting records maintained by Friends House Library in London.


 The information provided here is only intended to be a starting point for your own research.

 Please bear in mind the following:

General Notes

  • Almost all pre-1837 original registers are at The National Archives, Kew, and are not included in this list. These are also now online. Some county record offices have microfilms for their own area. Please check before you set out!
  • Where dates are given, they are covering dates only. It is important to bear in mind that not all minute books and other records survive for the whole of the period stated.
  • Most runs of deposited records end at some time in the 20th century; some in the 19th century. Later records may still be held by the Meeting concerned, access may be restricted.
  • In several cases, records deposited at the county record offices can only be consulted with the written permission of the clerk to the relevant Meeting. It is always wise to telephone the record office before planning a visit to check what material is available and any restrictions that may apply.
  • The boundaries of Quarterly and Monthly Meetings did not always coincide with the county boundaries. Friends living near a boundary may belong to a Meeting in an adjacent Quarterly Meeting. In several cases Monthly Meetings were transferred from one Quarterly Meeting to another (register entries may therefore appear in either Quarterly Meeting).
  • A detailed list of historic Quaker Meetings in Britain and the whereabouts of their surviving records is held by Friends House Library in London. 
  • Addresses and telephone numbers of County Record Offices can be found through ARCHON

If you have any corrections, amendments or comments please contact info@qfhs.co.uk.

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