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Quaker Records

The Friends Historical Collection is the official depository for the records of North Carolina Yearly Meetings (FUM and Conservative) and their constituent meetings. Researchers can consult these records on microfilm during the research room hours. William Wade Hinshaw’s Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Volume I, is a complete index and abstract to genealogical information in the older records. It is recommended that individuals consult the Hinshaw volume as a first step in researching North Carolina Quaker records.

Using Hinshaw’s Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Volume I Published Histories and Records of North Carolina Yearly Meeting and Its Constituent Meetings Monthly Meeting Records in the Friends Historical Collection (NEW – Database searchable by meeting name, county, or state) Historical Map of Southern Quakers (1890 map from Stephen B. Weeks, Southern Quakers and Slavery) The collection serves as the archives for most of the region’s Friends meetings, including NCYM (FUM), NCYM(C), Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting and Association and several indepedent monthly meetings. In addition to answering specific questions related to the affairs of these meetings, the collection staff assists researchers and writers who are preparing histories of their meetings and communities.

In addition to the organizations listed above, the Friends Historical Collection also houses the archives of Quaker House of Fayetteville, the North Carolina Friends Historical Society, and several other organizations. An appointment should be made in order to consult any of these collections. Contact the Friends Historical Collection for additional information.