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Sources for researching Nonconformists in Northamptonshire

The August 2015 edition of Footprints includes an update on Nonconformists in Northamptonshire.

by Graham Ward

This publication is a research guide to the complex area of nonconformist history with particular reference to Northamptonshire.  By 1851, 28% of the county’s population attended a nonconformist chapel, so it is likely that pan of your family will be involved with one of these groups. This booklet will help you to understand the different records that are available for research into nonconformity in the county.  Topics include: background and historical context, sources for people and places, a brief overview of the different denominations, details of non-conformist libraries and societies plus a detailed bibliography and list of the non-conformist registers held at Northampton Record Office.

Available from the Northamptonshire Family History Society bookstall for £2.50 plus postage (UK 45p, airmail £1.40) ISBN 1904460275,

First published November 2004, revised 2011

Included in the publication is a directory of resources, those referencing webpages are detailed below.  If you are aware of any changes to these details please contact me.

Resource Website
Baptist Historical Societyhttp://www.baptisthistory.org.uk
British Library Public Cataloguehttp://explore.bl.uk/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?vid=BLVU1
Congregational Libraryhttp://dwl.ac.uk/view.php?&page=95

and http://conglib.co.uk

Congregational Federationhttp://www.congregational.org.uk
Congregational History Societyhttp://www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk/library/CongregationalHistorySociety.html
Dr Williams’ Libraryhttp://dwl.ac.uk/
Friends House Libraryhttp://www.quaker.org.uk/library
Harris Manchester Collegehttps://www.hmc.ox.ac.uk/library-of-protestant-dissent/
Huguenot Libraryhttp://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/huguenot.shtml
Huguenot Societyhttp://www.huguenotsociety.org.uk
IGI and British Vital Recordswww.familysearch.org
John Rylands Library – Methodist Collectionshttp://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/search-resources/guide-to-special-collections/methodist/
Manchester Wesley Research Centrehttp://www.mwrc.ac.uk
Methodist Heritagehttp://www.methodistheritage.org.uk/
My Process for Exploring the Family History of Primitive Methodistshttps://www.myprimitivemethodists.org.uk/content/research-resources/my-process-for-exploring-the-family-history-of-primitive-methodists
Northamptonshire Heritage Forum (formerly Northamptonshire Association for Local History) http://www.northamptonshireheritageforum.co.uk
Northamptonshire County Council’s Community Information DirectoryNo longer available
Northamptonshire Librarieshttp://www.librarycatalogue.northamptonshire.gov.uk/web/arena
Northamptonshire Record Officehttp://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/Community/archives/Pages/default.aspx
Quaker Family History Societyhttp://www.qfhs.co.uk/
Regents’ Park College (Angus Library)http://theangus.rpc.ox.ac.uk
Society of Friends or Quakershttp://www.quaker.org.uk
Strict Baptist Historical Societyhttp://www.strictbaptisthistory.org.uk/
Unitarianhttp://www.unitarian.org.uk/
Unitarian Historical Societyhttp://www.unitarianhistory.org.uk/
United Reformed Churchhttp://www.urc.org.uk/




United Reformed Church History Society
http://www.urchistory.org.uk

 

https://www.westminster.cam.ac.uk/urc/archives
Wesley Historical Societyhttp://www.wesleyhistoricalsociety.org.uk/
Westminster Institute of Educationhttp://www.brookes.ac.uk/hpc/research/oxford-centre-for-methodism-and-church-history/

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