My guess is anyone with Colonial American ancestors will find a Quaker line. Imagine my surprise when I realized by Jordan family from Tennessee had Quaker roots.
I would like to share some of my discoveries about “Quaker Indexes.”
The majority of Quaker records are in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Indexes will help prepare you to have them searched. Records of interest can be found at the Family History Library (FHL), Dublin Friends Historical Library (DFHL), and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI). Never neglect the DFHL www.quakers-in-ireland.ieOne important index is the “Jones Index.” It is at the DFHL, and shows which surnames can be found in which Monthly Meeting (MM) records (FHL Microfilm #559454 item 10). It is not to the entire archive of MM records at the DFHL, rather to transcripts of births, marriages and deaths as abstracted from those original registers. These abstracts are on microfilm at the FHL.
Another index specifically to Ulster is the Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Records for the Years 1951, 1952 & 1953 (FHL Microfilm #888989). The Quaker records are only part of this large index. An important part is the Ulster Quarterly Meeting Book and the Ulster Province Meeting. These include MM records which have not survived. Source material is at PRONI.
The third index is the “PRONI Card Index to Names” which includes important Quaker abstracts. The microfilm can be accessed in the FHL Catalog under “Card Index of Names, 1990 Edition” www.familysearch.org