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Parish Registers - Baptisms, Marriages & Burials, & Other Records, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) (Ireland)

Nature of Source

Records of Quaker baptism/birth, marriage and burial/death. Up to 1869 the established church was the Anglican Church of Ireland. Quakers births, marriages and deaths were reported at the local weekly meetings and then to the larger monthly meetings which then entered the events in registers.

Up to 1869 with passing of the Irish Church Act, the established church in Ireland was the Anglican (Protestant) Church of Ireland, although during the 19th century about 85 per cent of the Irish population was Roman Catholic, 10 per cent nonconformists with only about 5 per cent Protestant. Roman Catholic and Church of Ireland parishes often had different names covering different geographical areas. Use Lewis' Topographical Dictionary for locating a particular parish which is available online at www.libraryireland.com/topog/index.php.

See Also
Surname Origins and Distribution

Where Found

Dublin Friends Historical Library (Holdings include BMD registers, minutes of meetings, property and schools, pedigrees, will abstracts, diaries and other records)
Society of Friends Library, Northern Ireland (BMD registers, minutes of meetings, property and schools, pedigrees, will abstracts, diaries and other records. The collection is housed at the Lisburn Meeting House, Prospect House, 4 Magheralave Road, Lisburn, Co Antrim)
Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) (Copies of Quaker records)
The National Library of Ireland (Copies of Quaker records)
LDS FamilySearch Centers
Irish Genealogical Research Society (Card indexes to 18th and 19th century Irish births, marriages and deaths taken from 18th and 19th century provincial Irish newspapers)

Period Covered

1860 - Onwards

Genealogical Value

Names and addresses of the parties involved.

Further References

Parish Specific  
Besse, Joseph & Michael Gandy (ed). Sufferings of Early Quakers. Ireland, Scotland and Wales: Including Monmouthshire & Shropshire, 1653 to 1691: Sessions Book Trust, 2003 (1753) Buy Now on Amazon
Burn, John Southerden. The History of Parish Registers in England: Also of the Registers of Scotland, Ireland, the East and West Indies: J.R. Smith, 1862 (Available to view online or download at Google Books or the Internet Archive. Also available to buy on CD at Archive CD Books) Buy Now on Amazon
Butler, David. The Quaker Meeting Houses of Ireland: Irish Friends Historical Committee, 2004 Buy Now on Amazon
Farrar, Henry. Irish Marriages: Being an Index to the Marriages in Walker's Hibernian Magazine, 1771 to 1812: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2001 (1897) (Details all the marriage entries in Walker's Hibernian Magazine 1771-1812 plus appendix by Sir Arthur Vicars of the births, deaths and marriages recorded in the magazine Anthologia Hibernica 1793-94) Buy Now on Amazon
Goodbody, Olive. Guide to Irish Quaker Records, 1654-1860: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1999 Buy Now on Amazon
Grundy, Joan. A Dictionary of Medical & Related Terms for the Family Historian: Swansong Publications, 2006 Buy Now on Amazon
Mitchell, Brian. A Guide to Irish Parish Registers: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2009 (Limited preview at Google Books) Buy Now on Amazon
Mitchell, Brian. A Guide to Irish Churches and Graveyards: Genealogical Publishing Co, 2010 Buy Now on Amazon
Reid, Noel (ed). A Table of Church of Ireland Parochial Records and Copies: Irish Family History Society, 1994 Buy Now on Amazon
Ryan, James G. Irish Church Records: Their History, Availability and Use in Family and Local History Research: Flyleaf Press, 2001 (The book contains chapters by experts on the records of the eight major Irish churches including: Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, Methodist, Quaker, Huguenot, Jewish and Baptist) Buy Now on Amazon
Smyrl, Steven. Dictionary of Dublin Dissent-Dublin's Protestant Dissenting Meeting Houses 1660-1920: A & A Farmar, 2009 Buy Now on Amazon
Family History Guides  

Adolph, Anthony. Collins Tracing Your Irish Family History: HarperCollins, 2007

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Begley, Donal. Handbook on Irish Genealogy: How to Trace Your Ancestors and Relatives: Heraldic Artists, 1984

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Davis, Bill. Irish Ancestry - A Beginner's Guide: FFHS, 2001

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Falley, Margaret Dickson. Irish and Scottish-Irish Ancestral Research: GPC, 1981 (1962)

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Franklin, Margaret. Tracing your Limerick Ancestors: Flyleaf Press, 2011 Buy Now on Amazon

Grenham, John. Irish Ancestors, A Pocket Guide to Your Family History: Gill & Macmillan, 2004

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Grenham, John. Tracing Your Irish Ancestors: Gill & Macmillan, 2011

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Kinealy, Christine. Tracing Your Irish Roots: Appletree Press, 2009

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McCarthy, Tony. The Irish Roots Guide. Dublin: The Lilliput Press, 1991

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Maxwell, Ian. Tracing Your Ancestors in Northern Ireland: A Guide to Ancestry Research in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland: Stationery Office, 1997

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Maxwell, Ian. Researching Armagh Ancestors: A Practical Guide for the Family and Local Historian: Ulster Historical Foundation, 2000 Buy Now on Amazon
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Maxwell, Ian. How To Trace Your Irish Ancestors: How To Books, 2009

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Maxwell, Ian. Your Irish Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians: Pen and Sword, 2008

Maxwell, Ian. Tracing Your Northern Irish Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians: Pen and Sword, 2010

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Meehan, Helen & Duffy, Godfrey. Tracing Your Donegal Ancestors: Flyleaf Press, 2008 Buy Now on Amazon
Mitchell, Brian. A New Genealogical Atlas of Ireland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2009 Buy Now on Amazon
Mitchell, Brian. Basic Guide to Irish Records for Family History: Clearfield Company, 2009 Buy Now on Amazon
Mitchell, Brian. Tracing Derry-Londonderry Roots: Clearfield Company, 2014 Buy Now on Amazon
O'Connor, Michael H. Tracing your Kerry Ancestors: Flyleaf Press, 1994 Buy Now on Amazon
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Ouimette, David. Finding Your Irish Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide: Ancestry.com, 2005

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Paton, Chris. Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet: A Guide For Family Historians: Pen & Sword Books, 2013

Prochaska, Alice, Irish History from 1700: A Guide to Sources in the Public Record Office: British Records Association, 1986

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Raymond, Stuart. Irish Family History on the Web: The Family History Partnership, 2007

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Roulston, William. Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800: Ulster Historical Foundation, 2005

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Ryan, James. Irish Records: Sources for Family & Local History: Flyleaf Press, 1997

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Ryan, James & Smith, Brian. Tracing Your Dublin Ancestors: Flyleaf Press, 2009 Buy Now on Amazon
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Stewart, Alan. My Ancestor Was Irish: A Guide to Sources for Family Historians: Society of Genealogists, 2012

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Websites

www.movinghere.org.uk/galleries/roots/irish/irishrecords/irishrecords.htm (Church Records: Other Denominations Methodist and Quaker)
www.irish-genealogy-toolkit.com/Irish-Quakers.html (Irish Quakers: genealogy records)
www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/browse/records/church/quaker/index.htm (Quaker Records)
www.quakers-in-ireland.org (Quakers in Ireland)
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~engqfhs (Quaker Family History Society)
www.quakers-in-ireland.ie/history (Quakers In Ireland: History)
www.proni.gov.uk/guide_to_church_records.pdf (PRONI Guide to Church Records: Identify what churches are in a parish, what records exist for each church, the covering dates for each series of records and their PRONI reference number)
www.nationalarchives.ie/genealogy1/genealogy-records/parish-records-marriage-licences (National Archives of Ireland Guide: Parish records and marriage licences)
www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/browse (A county-by-county listing of relevant records)
http://databases.dublincity.ie/graveyards (Dublin City Public Libraries & Archive: Dublin Graveyards Directory. The directory all graveyards in the Dublin area and gives information on the location, contact details, titles of published gravestone transcripts, links to on-line gravestone transcripts, location of surviving burial records and other information)
www.ancestryireland.com/database.php?filename=civilparishmaps (Civil Parish Maps for Ulster)
http://churches-uk-ireland.org (The Churches of Britain and Ireland; The aim of the site is to have at least one photo of every existing church of all religions, denominations and sects in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands, and where possible, photos or artwork of churches no longer in existence)
www.rootsweb.com/~nirwgw (Information on Northern Irish counties and available resources)
www.iar.ie (Irish Archives Resource: The site contains information about archival collections open for public research in Ireland from many organisations, societies, political organisations and businesses)
https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/getting-started-in-irish-genealogy/594
(FamilySearch.org: Learning Center Online Genealogy Course: Getting Started in Irish Genealogy. Lecture designed to acquaint beginning genealogist with strategies and sources for getting started in Irish genealogy)
www.irishtimestraining.com (Online Tracing your Irish Ancestors Course designed and presented by the genealogist John Grenham. The 11 modules will give you the tools and techniques to comprehensively trace your Irish family history. The online tutorials will provide you with a wide-ranging guide to all the records, resources and research techniques you will need)
www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/irish-records-what-is-available/church-records (Irish Genealogy: Research in Ireland: Irish Records: What Is Available?)
www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/irish-genealogical-research-getting-started/how-to-start-your-family-history (Irish Genealogy: How To Start Your Family History)
www.cyndislist.com/ireland.htm (Ireland genealogy links)
www.irelandgenweb.com (Information on Irish counties and available resources)
www.rootsweb.com/~fianna (Fianna Guide to Irish Genealogy)
www.thecore.com/seanruad (IreAtlas Townland database)
www.irishtimes.com/ancestor/placenames (1851 General Alphabetical Index to the Townlands and Towns, parishes and Baronies of Ireland)
www.pennyparker2.com/appxchart.html (Period Approximation Chart, adapted from "Basic Course in Genealogy," Vol.II, by Derek Harland. Use to calculate the approximate date of a birth, marriage or death)
www.thecalculatorsite.com/misc/birthday-calculator.php (Calculator Site: Birthday Calculator. Discover what day you were born on your star sign, your Chinese zodiac sign, your birthstone and other facts about your birthday)
www.arc.id.au/Calendar.html (Multi-country historical calendar for the years 1000 to 2100)

Online Databases

www.limerick.ie/discover/explore/historical-resources/limerick-archives/archive-collections/religious-society (Limerick Archives: Religious Society of Friends [Quakers] Limerick Papers. The collection includes records of Quaker Births, Deaths and Marriages; the minutes of the Limerick men’s and women’s Meetings; Record of Suffering 1777-1857; Account Books and Notices of Removals)
www.proni.gov.uk/index/search_the_archives/proninames.htm (The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland Name Search: 1775 dissenters petitions which contain lists of names of Dissenters, mainly Roman Catholics and Presbyterians, arranged either by parish, by congregation, by town and neighbourhood)
www.findmypast.co.uk (Ireland, Society Of Friends Quaker Births, Marriages and Deaths, mid-1600s up to present-day)
www.findmypast.co.uk (Ireland, Society Of Friends Quaker School Records. You may uncover your ancestor’s birth date, parents’ names, and date of enrolment in these records spanning from the late 1700s to early 1900s)
www.findmypast.co.uk (Ireland, Society Of Friends Quaker Migration Records. Dating from the late 1600s to the mid-1900s, these records note those Quakers who transferred from one meeting location to another as a result of relocation)
www.findmypast.co.uk (Ireland, Society Of Friends Quaker Congregational Records. These records, dating back to the mid-1600s, comprise minutes from half-yearly Quaker meetings)
FamilySearch.org (Historical Record Collections: Transcripts of baptisms, marriages and deaths extracted from parish registers and non-parochial/nonconformist registers. The site incorporates the data formerly known as the International Genealogical Index and also data formerly sold on CD as the British Isles Vital Records Index. The former Ancestral File and Pedigree Resource File can be found under the heading of 'Family Trees')
www.irishancestors.ie/?page_id=1926
(Irish Genealogical Research Society Marriage Finder Index. More than 25,000 marriages compiled by Roz McCutcheon extracted from Chancery bills, diaries, deeds, marriage settlements, memorial inscriptions, wills, family letters and newspaper cuttings. No marriages from 1864 onwards are shown as full civil registration is available from that date)
www.irishancestors.ie/?page_id=5392
(Irish Genealogical Research Society: Index of Townlands, 1901: Searchable database of over 64,000 townlands in Ireland which are ancient land divisions measuring from just a few acres to several hundred and still in use today)
www.glasnevintrust.ie/genealogy (Transcribed entries from the Glasnevin Cemetery [Officially Prospect Cemetery], Dublin the largest nondenominational cemetery in Ireland, opened in 1832)
www.ancestry.co.uk (Quaker Records, Dublin, Browsable Abstracts of Wills)
www.interment.net/data/ireland/dublin/glasnevin/glasnevin.htm (Transcribed entries from the Glasnevin Cemetery [Officially Prospect Cemetery], Dublin the largest nondenominational cemetery in Ireland, opened in 1832. More transcripts with headstone photos can be found at Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives)
www.failteromhat.com/quaker/quakerindex.php (Quaker Records Dublin: Abstracts of Wills, edited by P. Beryl Eustace and Olive C. Goodbody)
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~jeanmccarthy36 (Jean McCarthy's Genealogy Web Site. Includes birth, marriage and death transcriptions)
www.ancestry.co.uk (Irish Records Index, 1500-1920)

CD Roms

Archive CD Books (Thomas Wright, A History of the Rise and Progress of the People called Quakers in Ireland, from the year 1653-1751, published 1811; The Quaker Annual Monitor for 1849 or Obituary of the Members of the Society of Friends In Great Britain and Ireland for the year 1848)