In article <5FE046F667F5CF119DCC0001FA4410B6042286C9@EXCH-BEL3>, Fred
Barrett <FREDBA(a)Attachmate.com> writes
This is my first submission to the list. I've followed
with interest. I've only been working on my family discovery for about a
year, the family hunters seem like a wonderful community.
I am researching a Ralph Barrett born abt. 1650. Listed as an Earl at one
point in Nottinghamshire. He was a Quaker and had his lands apparently
confiscated by the government.
Any ideas on the best on-line sources to start looking for my Quaker English
ancestors from all the way over here in Bellevue, Washington?
Quakers are hard to find in the normal church records. The usual pattern
is that you may well find marriages, (which took place in Church of
England Churches) but not baptisms/births.
The very best advice I can give you is to search for *wills* !!!
It's amazing how one can piece together families by obtaining every
BARRETT will that you can find for that period and earlier. Quakers were
really good at leaving wills!
Nottinghamshire Archives Office has an excellent index of wills, and all
the wills are on microfiche there... going *way* back into the 1500's.
He had at least one son Arthur who was born
1680 in Chestershire ( or Glouchester ) England. Arthur emigrated from
England to Baltimore ca.1700.
Cheshire County Records Office (not Chestershire) has an index of wills
on line! Great to search <grin>. Look in the GENUKI pages at Cheshire,
and you will find a link there. There are certainly BARRATTs in the
1600's in Gloucestershire too.
I always have a little chuckle when I see folks write (and say)
Glouchester .... it really is Gloucester, pronounced "Gloster".
Two Americans driving into Gloucester, and arguing about the way it
should be pronounced.... they stop for lunch just as they enter the
city, and one says to the restaurant manager... "Can you settle the
argument for us? How do you pronounce the name of he place where we are?
Say it really clearly and slowly please."
"Sure" he replies....