Free Access to Hinshaw's Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy

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I want to verify that certain ancestors were members of a meeting. In some cases I want to verify which meeting they were a member of. In other situations I want to determine at which point they left the Religious Society of Friends, and why they did so.

I think Hinshaw's Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy is the best one stop source. I am particularly interested in Volume 1.

Most importantly, I am looking for FREE access. Is there such a thing? Thanks for any help with this.
in The Tree House by Susan Wilson G2G6 (7.8k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
These are commonly in public library genealogical collections.
If your library has the Library Edition of Ancestry, you may be able to access it there, if they're open yet. Some libraries allow access from home during the COVID shut down.

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There is a WikiTree Free Space page for this source: Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy

It includes the HathiTrust links and a Table of Contents to all six volumes, plus Vol. 7 for Indiana. There are also links to the Index, Unindexed Names, and related information.

It does not include links to the missing volumes 4 & 5. 

by Rick Pierpont G2G6 Pilot (119k points)
selected by Glenn Dixon
Thank you, Rick Pierpoint.
+11 votes

Hi Susan,

Yes!  Volume 1 of Hinshaw is available through at;view=1up;seq=19.  Volumes 1-3 and 6 are online, but 4 and 5 are search only (at 

Would love to find 4 & 5 somewhere for free - if anyone knows.

I love these too.

by Cynthia B G2G6 Pilot (129k points)
Thank you, Cynthia.
+4 votes
This is a bit different than Hinshaw - it's an index as well as links to resources.
by Elizabeth Townsend G2G6 Mach 2 (20.3k points)
Thank you, Elizabeth Townsend.
+1 vote
Familysearch has images of all volumes of Willard Heiss Indiana Quaker Abstracts - just use the catalog search and use author search for Willard Heiss.

Ancestry has the original meeting records imaged for North Carolina and Indiana meeting records (at least  (these I access on a regular basis. I've also seen images of Hinshaw's abstracts of North Carolina meeting records imaged in Ancestry too.

You can also find Hinshaw and Heiss abstracts available for sale on Amazon and other book seller websites.  It took me over 5 years to get a full set of all of them, but I did find them all.  I actually use the book for initial abstract research and then use that as a basis to locate the original record (Ancestry search algorithm is fickle as I sometimes I cannot replicate my initial search to find the records I was searching for).
by Pam k. G2G2 (2.6k points)
edited by Pam k.
Much of the later Hinshaw research (some into first quarter of 20th Century) is available from Selby Publishing in Kokomo, Indiana and is organized by State. See the Selby website for additional information, everything is steeply discounted on any remaining stock, and call to make sure what you are interested in remains available. Mrs. Selby is elderly so patience is a plus.

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