Tracing Your Nonconformist Ancestors: A Guide for Family and Local Historians

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 248 pages
Author: S. Raymond
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781473883451
Other: b&w photos, indexes
Publisher: Pen & Sword

We all have Nonconformist ancestors. In the mid-nineteenth century almost half of the English population were nonconformists. And there were very few villages where there was not at least one Nonconformist chapel. Local and family historians need to be aware of the diversity of Nonconformity, and of the many sources which will enable them to trace the activities of Nonconformist forebears.

Stuart Raymond's handbook provides an overview of those sources. He identifies the numerous websites, libraries and archives that local and family historians need to consult. These are described in detail, their strengths and weaknesses are pointed out, and the contribution currently made by the internet is highlighted.

Most nonconformist denominations are discussed – not just the mainstream Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Quakers and Methodists, but also obscure sects such as the Muggletonians and Glasites, and even the two groups who regularly appear on our doorsteps today – Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Mormons.

The religious activities of our nonconformist ancestors tell us a great deal about them, and provide fascinating insights into their lives. This books is a comprehensive guide to researching your English nonconformist ancestors, and tells you about all the sources that family and local historians can consult.

Introduction and Acknowledgements
1. The History of Nonconformity
2. Sources for Nonconformity
3. The Three Denominations
 - General
 - The Presbyterians and Unitarians
 - Congregationalists/Independents
 - Baptists
4. The Quakers
5. The Methodists
6. Evangelical Churches of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
 - Calvanistic Methodists
 - Inghamites
 - Moravians
 - The Salvation Army
7. Foreign Calvanist Churches
8. Other Denominations and Sects
 - Catholic Apostolic Church
 - Christadelphians
 - Christian Brethren
 - Churches of Christ
 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)
 - Church of the Nazarene
 - Family of Love
 - Free Church of England
 - Glasites
 - Jehovah's Witnesses
 - Muggletonians
 - Pentecostalists
 - Sandemanians
 - Seventh Day Adventists
 - Swedenborgians (or The New Church)
Personal Name Index
Place Name Index
Subject Index

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