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Certificates of Removal

Identifier: HC.MC-951-01

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of original and photocopied Quaker certificates of removal.


  • Creation: 1667-1845

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Historical Note

A Certificate of Removal is a letter of transit for a person or family that is leaving one meeting and seeking to join another (removal is an English term meaning “to relocate”). The document assured the new meeting that the newcomers’ former meeting knew the family well enough to vouch for them. With this certificate, a new arrival would be welcomed to the new meeting and given any assistance needed to get settled. Certificates typically include the current and destination meetings, a date, and the name of the individual or family moving. They may also include a statement about the bearer’s general financial welfare.

Source:, Research Guide to Finding Your Quaker Ancestors


.1 Linear Feet (8 folders)




This collection is comprised of original and photocopied Quaker certificates of removal.


See item acquisition note.

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed January, 2016.

Certificates of Removal, 1667-1845
Kara Flynn
January, 2016
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