Guide to the Transcriptions
Rooted in their belief in the importance of testimonies and their role as “publishers of
truth”, Quakers have left us a rich and diverse collection of written documents. While
each meeting of Quakers regularly recorded the life of the meeting in minute books,
individual Quakers have generated a vast amount of personal correspondence.
Gleaned from the collections of the Library and Archives of Canada, various provincial
archives and the Canadian Quaker Archives, the Association is working to transcribe
these documents from their original handwritten form to more useful digital formats.
For more information about transcriptions, or to volunteer, please
contact our current Chair at email@example.com.Transcribers are always welcome.
To see all the minute books held by the Canadian Quaker Archives go to Newsletter
#13. Only a relatively small number have been transcribed.
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Adolphustown and West Lake Monthly Meeting
of the books presented here are from the West Lake family of meetings.
Adolphustown was established as a Preparative meeting in 1798 and then
a Monthly meeting in 1801. As the Quaker community expanded, the West
meeting at Bloomfield was established as the Monthly meeting and
Adolphustown returned to Preparative status. In 1828 the Quaker Society
separated in two groups: one called Orthodox and the other called
Hicksite. After 1828 at West Lake, the Preparative, Monthly Meeting
minute books and
registers continued in either the hands of the Hicksites or the
Orthodox Quakers. Note the library code indicating Orthodox (O) and
There are additional transcriptions of minute books and registers for Norwich, Pelham, Yonge St., Halcyonia, Lobo Meetings available on the web site of the Quaker Archives and Library of Canada.
Pre 1828 Separation
Hicksite Genesee Yearly Meeting included the Upper Canada Hicksite meetings
the separation in 1828.
Nine Partners Meeting, NY
- Green Point Preparative Meeting, 1862 - 1873, (H-2-3)
- Haldimand Preparative Meeting 1827 - 1842, (H-2-4)
- West Lake Preparative Meeting 1828 - 1860, (H-12-4)
- West Lake Preparative Meeting Women 1828 - 1872, (H-12-2)
- West Lake Monthly Meeting Book C 1824 - 1837, (H-11-3)
- West Lake Monthly Meeting Women 1825 - 1851, (H-11-5)
- West Lake Monthly Meeting 1837 - 1879, (H-11-4)
- West Lake Register of Births and Deaths 1829 - 1866, (H-11-1)
- West Lake Register of Marriages 1829 - 1866 and Removals 1830 - 1892, (H-11-2)
This meeting in Dutchess
County reported to New York Yearly Meeting. Many of the Quaker settlers
to Adolphustown and later, West Lake in Prince Edward County, Upper
Canada, came from or through Nine Partners. The year 1810 is key since
in that year Canada Half Yearly Meeting was established and no longer did
Upper Canada Quakers have to report to Nine Partners.
Ferrisburg Monthly Meeting was in Vermont and a number of members moved to Canada.