Past Articles

Quaker Migration: Why Do You Want To Leave Me?

Posted on June 16, 2014 in Research

Moving from place to place created entries in Quaker minutes which can help you find your ancestors. Learn how to use this great resource in a few easy steps. First the ‘Why’ When a family or individual wished to move to a locality that was within the boundaries of another meeting, regardless of the distance,… Read more

Gonna Lay This Body Down: Quaker Funerals & Burials

Posted on June 7, 2014 in Collections

Have you ever seen a Quaker Burying Ground?  They are the epitome of simplicity and serenity. The stones are all small (the reason for which is described below) and non-Quaker names appear here and there. Names of slaves and Indians – not your typical church cemetery you must admit! Knowing more about Quaker burials will… Read more

Going to the Chapel and We’re Gonna Get Married. No Preacher Required

Posted on June 1, 2014 in Collections

A Quaker marriage usually took place under the care of the bride’s meeting (congregation), either in the meeting house or in her home. There was no clergyman marrying the couple; rather, they offered themselves in marriage and made promises to each other, under the care of the meeting. The marriage certificate was hand-lettered on large… Read more

Quaker Calendars & Dates: In Just Two Days, Tomorrow Will be Yesterday

Posted on May 22, 2014 in Collections

There is no doubt about it: Quaker dating in letters and meeting minutes is confusing! When you begin researching Quaker records, you may be tempted to “correct” the dates that you find. You would not be alone in thinking this way. Let’s take a look at the reasoning behind the Quaker calendar and dating practices… Read more

Let Me Call Thee Sweetheart

Posted on April 30, 2014 in Collections

Is he a “thee” or a “you”? Our early Quaker ancestors often used peculiar words when speaking to each other. In many languages, there is a familiar or informal form for the second-person pronoun “you” in English. For Quakers, this familiarity was expressed by using “thee” or “thou” in place of “you.” It came to… Read more

More About Slave Records on Ancestry

Posted on February 12, 2009 in Content

I couldn’t resist poking around in the new collection of Slave Manifests on which went up this week.  So what’s interesting about the new Slave Manifest records?  Plenty!  They are inbound and outbound records from the Port of New Orleans during the period of time when the Deep South was gearing up for the… Read more

Wow, grandpa, you used to have hair! Got Yearbooks?

Posted on June 12, 2008 in Site, Content

What’s the first thing you do when you get your hands on Grandpa’s yearbook? You look for his picture, right? You want to see what he looked like as a teenager. What did the other kids look like back then? What did people write in the margins to him? Were his old girlfriends in there?… Read more