Sources for researching Nonconformists in Northamptonshire

by Graham Ward

This new 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 Society http://www.baptisthistory.org.uk
British Library Public Catalogue http://explore.bl.uk/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?vid=BLVU1
Congregational Library http://dwl.ac.uk/view.php?&page=95

and

http://conglib.co.uk

Congregational Federation http://www.congregational.org.uk
Congregational History Society http://www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk/library/CongregationalHistorySociety.html
Dr Williams’ Library http://dwl.ac.uk/
Friends House Library http://www.quaker.org.uk/library
Harris Manchester College http://www.hmc.ox.ac.uk/library/specialcollections/
Huguenot Library http://www.ucl.ac.uk/Library/huguenot.shtml
Huguenot Society http://www.huguenotsociety.org.uk
IGI and British Vital Records www.familysearch.org
John Rylands Library – Methodist Collections http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/search-resources/guide-to-special-collections/methodist/
Manchester Wesley Research Centre http://www.mwrc.ac.uk
Methodist Heritage http://www.methodistheritage.org.uk/
Northamptonshire Association for Local History http://www.northants-history.org.uk
Northamptonshire County Council’s Community Information Directory No longer available
Northamptonshire Libraries http://www.librarycatalogue.northamptonshire.gov.uk/web/arena
Northamptonshire Record Office http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/Community/archives/Pages/default.aspx
Quaker Family History Society http://www.qfhs.co.uk/
Regents’ Park College (Angus Library) http://theangus.rpc.ox.ac.uk
Society of Friends or Quakers http://www.quaker.org.uk
Strict Baptist Historical Society http://www.strictbaptisthistory.org.uk/
Unitarian http://www.unitarian.org.uk/
Unitarian Historical Society http://www.unitarianhistory.org.uk/
United Reformed Church http://www.urc.org.uk/
United Reformed Church History Society http://www.westminster.cam.ac.uk/index.php/urc-history-society
Wesley Historical Society http://www.wesleyhistoricalsociety.org.uk/
Westminster Institute of Education http://www.brookes.ac.uk/hpc/research/oxford-centre-for-methodism-and-church-history/

 

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