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Quaker Records

From the time of their first arrival in Ireland in the seventeenth century, The Society of Friends, or Quakers, kept rational and systematic records of the births, marriages and deaths of all of their members, and in most cases these continue without a break up to the present. Parish registers as such were not kept. Each of the local weekly meetings reported any births, marriages or deaths to a larger Monthly Meeting, which then entered them in a register. Monthly Meetings were held in the following areas: Antrim, Ballyhagan, Carlow, Cootehill, Cork, Dublin, Edenderry, Grange, Lisburn, Limerick, Lurgan, Moate, Mountmellick, Richhill, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford, and Wicklow. For all but Antrim and Cootehill registers have survived from an early date, and are detailed below. .

The entries for births, marriages and deaths do not themselves contain information other than the names and addresses of the immediate parties involved, but the centralisation of the records, and the self-contained nature of the Quaker community, make it a relatively simple matter to establish family connections; many of the local records are given in the form of family lists, in any case.

The LDS Library in Salt Lake City has microfilm copies of the records of the Dublin Society of Friends' Library, viewable online by searching the FamilySearch catalogue for the microfilm number (see below). PRONI has microfilm copies of records from Ulster province. The records of the Dublin library listed below are now transcribed and imaged at FindMyPast, along with very extensive records of congregational administration, Quaker schools and migration. The Dublin and Lisburn libraries also hold considerable collections of original letters, wills and family papers, together with detailed accounts of the discrimination suffered by the Quakers in their early years.


A full listing, with details of years covered is in the county-by-county lists or the parish source lists.

Births Marriages and Burials

  • Ballyhagan Marriages. Library of the Society of Friends, Lisburn. Also NLI Pos. 4127.
  • Bandon 1672-1713, in Casey A. (ed.) O'Kief, Coshe Mang, Vol. 11, Ir. 94145 c 12
  • Carlow births, marriages and deaths up to 1859, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 1021, LDS film 571395
  • Cork, births, marriages and deaths up to 1859, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. (NLI Pos. 1021 LDS film 571395). See also Cork (seventeenth to nineteenth centuries) NLI Pos. 5530.
  • Dublin, births, marriages and deaths up to 1859, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 1021 LDS film 571395 (births and marriages) and 1022 LDS film 571396 (burials).
  • Edenderry, births, marriages and deaths up to 1859, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 1022 LDS film 571396 ; 1612 1814 (in the form of family lists), NLI Pos. (microfilm) 5531.
  • Grange, births, marriages and deaths up to 1859, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 1022 LDS film 571396.
  • Lisburn, births, marriages and deaths up to 1859, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 1022 LDS film 571396.
  • Limerick, births, marriages and deaths up to 1859, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 1022 LDS film 571396.
  • Lurgan, births, marriages and deaths up to 1859, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. (NLI Pos. 1022 LDS film 571396) See also Lurgan Marriage Certificates, Library of the Society of Friends, Lisburn. (NLI Pos. (microfilm) 4126).
  • Moate, births, marriages and deaths up to 1859, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 1022 LDS film 571396.
  • Mountmellick, births, marriages and deaths up to 1859, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 1023, LDS film 571397. and Positive 5530.
  • Mountrath. Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 5530.
  • Richhill, births, marriages and deaths up to 1859, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 1023, LDS film 571397 .
  • Tipperary, births, marriages and deaths up to 1859, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 1024, LDS film 571398.
  • Waterford, births, marriages and deaths up to 1859, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 1024, LDS film 571398..
  • Wexford, births, marriages and deaths up to 1859, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 1024, LDS film 571398..
  • Wicklow, births, marriages and deaths up to 1859, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 1024, LDS film 571398..
  • Youghal, births, marriages and deaths up to 1859, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 1024, LDS film 571398..
  • Births, Marriages and Deaths throughout Ireland 1859-1949, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 1024, LDS film 571398..
  • Leinster Province, births, marriages and deaths seventeenth century. Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. (NLI Pos. 5530).
  • Munster Province, births, marriages and deaths 1650-1839. Library of the marriages and deaths up to 1859, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 1024, LDS film 571398..
  • Births, Marriages and Deaths throughout Ireland 1859-1949, Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 1024, LDS film 571398..
  • Leinster Province, births, marriages and deaths seventeenth century. Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. (NLI Pos. 5530).
  • Munster Province, births, marriages and deaths 1650-1839. Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. (NLI Pos. 5531).
  • Ulster Province Meeting Books, 1673 1691. Library of the Society of Friends, Lisburn. (NLI Pos. 3747).
  • Ulster Province Meetings Minute Books to 1782. Library of the Society of Friends, Lisburn. (NLI Pos. 4124 & 4125).

Published.

  • Butler, David M., Quaker Meeting Houses of Ireland, Dublin: Historical Committee of Friends in Ireland, 2004, 256 p.
  • Eustace, P.B. & Goodbody O., Quaker Records, Abstracts of Wills, (2 vols, 1704-1785), Dublin, Irish Manuscripts Commission, 1954-58
  • Goodbody, Olive. Guide to Irish Quaker Records 1654-1860, IMC, 1967. Ir 2896 g4.
  • Grubb, Isabel. Quakers in Ireland, London, 1927.
  • Harrison, Richard S., Cork City Quakers, 1655 - 1939: a brief history, the author, 1991, NLI Ir 289 h 3.
  • Grubb, Isabel. Quakers in Ireland, London, 1927.
  • Impey, E.J.A., A Roberts Family, quondam Quakers of Queen's Co., privately printed, 1939, NLI Ir 9292 r 3.
  • Leadbetter. Biographical Notices of the Society of Friends, NL Joly Collection pamphlet (National Library) 2896.
  • Myers, A.C. Immigration of Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania, Ir 2896 m 2 & 4.
  • Lunham, T.A., Early Quakers in Cork: and Cork topographical notes, Cork: Guy, 1904, NLI Large Pamphlets LP 2.
  • Wright & Petty. History of the Quakers 1654-1700, Ir. 2896 w i.

Manuscript

  • Quaker Pedigrees. Library of the Society of Friends, Dublin. Also NLI Pos. 5382, 5383, 5384, 5385.
  • Quaker Wills and Inventories. Library of the Society of Friends, Lisburn. Also NLI Pos. 4127.
  • Manuscript records of the Quaker Library (see Guide above), Quaker House, Stocking Lane, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. Tel. +353 (0) 1 4950021 ext 222. www.quakers-in-ireland.ie Open Thurs., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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