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Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll (Nonconformist)

Nature of Source

Records from the Wesleyan Methodist Twentieth Century Fund (Million Guinea Fund) established in 1898 to mark the centenary of John Wesley's death. The roll includes the names of more than 1,025,000 donors, including children. In 1909 the fund was finally closed. Donations could also be made in memory of a deceased loved one. Some of the funds were used to build the Methodist Central Hall, opened in 1912. The 50 volume Historic Roll can be consulted in the Visitor Services Centre at Westminster Central Hall.

Also see
Methodist Registers and Records

Methodist Central Hall Visitors Centre (50 volume leather-bound Historic Roll, containing the names of all those who donated to the 20th Century Fund)

Where Found

Methodist Central Hall Visitors Centre (50 volume leather-bound Historic Roll, containing the names of all those who donated to the 20th Century Fund)

Period Covered

1898 - 1904

Genealogical Value

Names, addresses, death dates.

Further References

Gandy, Michael. Basic Facts About English Nonconformity for Family Historians: Federation of Family History Societies, 1998


Leary, William. My Ancestors Were Methodist: Society of Genealogists, 1999


Leary, William. Local Methodist Records: A Brief Explanation of Local Methodist Archival Material Deposited in County Record Offices: WMHS Publications, 1981


McLaughlin, Eve. Nonconformist Ancestors: Varneys Press, 1995


National Index of Parish Registers: Society of Genealogists (A list of the parish registers with dates of available registers and where they are kept, includes nonconformist registers)


Ratcliffe, Richard. Methodist Records for Family Historians: The Family History Partnership, 2014


Ratcliffe, Richard. Basic Facts About Methodist Records for Family Historians: Federation of Family History Societies, 2005


Ratcliffe, Richard. Basic Facts About The Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll: Federation of Family History Societies, 2005


Ruston, Alad (ed). Obituaries and Marriages of Dissenting Ministers in the Gentleman's Magazine in the 18th Century: Rushton, 1996


Palgrave-Moore, Patrick. Understanding the History & Records of Nonconformity, Elvery Dowers, 1994

 


The EurekA Partnership transcribes and publishes material likely to be of interest to family and local historians including Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll transcriptions covering a number of counties.

Websites

www.methodist-central-hall.org.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=31&Itemid=25 (Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll)
http://whitbymethodist.btck.co.uk/WeslyanHistoricRoll/Article (The Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll, by Richard Ratliffe)
www.thefamilyhistorypartnership.com/hints-tips/the-wesleyan-methodist-historic-roll.php (The Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll, contributed by Richard Ratcliffe)
www.methodist-central-hall.org.uk/history/HistoricRoll/HistoricRollCertificates.pdf (Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll Certificates)

Online Databases

Methodist Central Hall (Historic Rolls Index: Various downloadable indexes)

CD Roms

Devon Family History Society (Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll 1899-1904: A transcription of the names and addresses of over 24,000 donors from Wesleyan Methodist Circuits in Devon and Cornwall and parts of Somerset and Dorset. Pack includes CD and two booklets by Richard Ratcliffe Basic facts about... The Wesleyan Methodist Historic Roll and Basic facts about... Methodist Records for Family Historians)