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Society of Friends (family records)

Senate House Library, University of London -- Special Collections

Overview

A selection of biographical documents prepared by the Society of Friends for members of their church. Useful for Family history, the selection comprises two marriage certificates, thirteen birth certificates, two probates of wills and one grant of administration of one of the deceased's effects.

Detailed usage description

The selection comprises two marriage certificates, thirteen birth certificates, two probates of wills and one grant of administration of one of the deceased's effects.

The certificates are printed with blank spaces for personal details (date and place of birth, the names of both parents, the baby's sex and name and the signatures of witnesses to the birth; husband's, wife's and their parents' names and places of residence, the date and location of the marriage and the signatures of witnesses). The probates are handwritten and one has attached to it the grant of power of administration.

This sort of source is tremendously useful to family history. As well as recording individuals' dates of birth, the birth certificates set out the precise relationships between individuals of different generations, enabling genealogists to construct accurate family trees.

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Access arrangements

Reference access to Senate House Library holdings for members of the public costs £5 per day, or £25 for seven days. Access to archival holdings generally requires that you make prior arrangement with the . Details of membership arrangements and opening hours are available on their website.

More Information

The catalogue numbers for these collections are MSS 582 and 779. A collection level description of this collection is available on AIM25.

Example(s) of the holdings

Figure 1.
Figure 1. Birth certificate of Ann Green. Click on the image to enlarge it.

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Abstracting information

Usage Themes Geographic area covered Size of collection Dates
  • Family history
  • Mobility
  • Occupations
  • Genealogical data
  • Community life

London, Giles Chalfont, Chepping Wycombe and High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire) and Mansfield (Nottinghamshire).

Approximately 100 individuals

1792 -- 1850

Glossary

The Helpers system is developed as part of the Accessing our Archival and Manuscript Heritage project, at Senate House Library, University of London, funded by the Laser Foundation and the EARL Consortium. Please see the project website for further details.