Meeting July 10, 2018

Quaker Family History Research

Presented by Maureen Brady

Members of the Society of Friends (Quakers) began immigrating from England, Wales and Germany in the late 1600s.  By 1700, the Society had gained considerable influence in most of the New England and Middle-Atlantic colonies.  During the 18th century, many Quakers followed other frontier groups, migrating to the southern colonies.  Following the Revolution, many Quakers left the southern states and migrated primarily to Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Canada.  This presentation will focus on the types of records kept by the Society of Friends and how to access those records online, through the Family History Centers and various other libraries and archives.

Maureen Brady, a former school librarian and computer educator, has more than thirty years’ experience with family history research.  She has traced her own Scottish roots back to the end of the 17th century and beyond, and has also pursued Chicago area, the trans-Allegheny U.S., Quebec, Irish and Swedish research.  She is the trainer for the Crystal Lake (IL) Family History Center.

Maureen has made numerous presentations to Illinois and Wisconsin genealogical societies, libraries, conferences and workshops, including presenting at the 2002 National Genealogical Society Conference in the States and the 2016 and 2017 Central Florida Family History Conference.  Her topics include Chicago and Cook County research, Scottish research, Internet sources, and using FamilySearch® and Family History Centers.  She is a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists as well as a life member of the Aberdeen and Northeast Scotland Family History Society, the Chicago Genealogical Society, the Ohio Genealogy Society and the McHenry County (Illinois) Genealogical Society.