How are Quaker Meeting categories organized?

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Sorry for a second posting in the same day -- I was just reviewing the Quaker meeting subcategories for Indiana Quakers.  It seems like a bit of a mishmash. For instance, there is a heading for Indiana Yearly Meeting, but none for Western Yearly Meeting (the other major yearly meeting in Indiana), and even Indiana Yearly Meeting has just one of the many monthly meetings in Indiana Yearly meeting actually subcategorized beneath it. Most monthly meetings instead sit alongside it at the same hierarchical level, and even at that, numerous historically important monthly meetings are not listed at all. Has anyone consulted with an expert such as one of the archivists at Earlham, Swarthmore, or Haverford Colleges about how to set up a sensible organizational hierarchy for categorizing Quaker Meetings that better matches the structure that Friends themselves use? Since the libraries at those institutions house the majority of Quaker Meeting records, it seems likely that researchers of Quaker lines would wind up following the same organizational principles that they utilize.
in Policy and Style by Allen McGrew G2G6 Mach 1 (10.5k points)

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Allen,

The religious categories are a bit of a mishmash as they mostly developed in an ad hoc manner with little guidance.  The Quaker categories actually have more guidance than most.

Earlier today I  posted a proposed structure for religious categories that may help you in your effort to categorize meetings. See https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/536130/proposed-structure-and-guidelines-for-religious-categories for the post and the link to the proposed guidelines.

by Mary Jensen G2G6 Mach 9 (97.9k points)

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