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Canadian Quaker Transcription Project

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The goal was to transcribe all the old Quaker Meeting Minute books and Registers from Upper Canada between 1797 and about 1850.

These include the minutes of Adolphustown, West Lake, Pelham, Yonge St, Pickering, Norwich, Lobo and other areas of settlement. The Archives for the old records of the Society of Friends (Quakers) in Canada is in Newmarket, Ontario, under the control of the Canada Yearly Meeting and this project is sanctioned by this body. The project began in Oct 2005.

This project has been dormant for a few years but is currently under discussion by the Canadian Friends Historical Association.



Project Plans
  • The first record chosen for this project was the Adolphustown Monthly Meeting minute book. It dates from 1797 to 1813 and is the oldest such book in Canada. It is filled with information of interest to genealogists and social historians. Adolphustown is the point of land in Lennox and Addington County that forms the north shore of the east end of the Bay of Quinte. It was settled in 1784 and a strong Quaker community developed shortly after that time. We are now doing a second book.
  • Digital images have been taken of the original documents and transcribers have volunteered. A photo of the camera set up is shown on the 'Contact Me' page.
  • Copyright will be owned by Canada Yearly Meeting (CYM) as the transcription is a new document. The completed document will be posted on the CYM website for free use by all for their personal research..
  • Transcribers efforts will be recognized by having their name recorded in the transcription.
  • Five Regions in Upper Canada have been identified for the project. 
    • West Lake (from 1798): Includes Adolphustown, West Lake, Ameliasburgh, Bloomfield, Cold Creek, Green Point: Randy Saylor
    • Pelham (from 1799):  
    • Yonge St (from 1804): 
    • Norwich (from 1819):  
    • Pickering (from 1828): 
Process
In the past the transcribers the process was as follows. 
  • Volunteers receive a digital image of a page from the original minute book by email from the person overseeing that part of the project.
  • View the image using a photo image program.
  • Transcribe the page using a word processor. 
  • Email the transcribed page back.
  • Receive more pages if desired. Do as many pages as you wish.
  • Email me if you would like to be involved when the Project gets going again.