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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 chair@cfha.info.
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.

You are not alone!
Your research topic may be of interest to others. We would love to know what your interests are and we promise to respect your privacy. Please send an email to the chair at chair@cfha.info with your name and research topic and we may be able to be helpful.

Adolphustown and West Lake Monthly Meeting
Most 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 Lake 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 Hicksite (H).

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
Orthodox meetings Hicksite meetings The Hicksite Genesee Yearly Meeting included the Upper Canada Hicksite meetings after the separation in 1828. Nine Partners Meeting, NY
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.