Methodist Church in Ireland
Methodists feature quite prominently in my family history in Ireland, both as members of the congregation and as ordained and lay preachers, so I've roamed the internet in search of resources to either help me find them mentioned or find out where to look for them next. Here are a few of the places I found useful;
- Methodist Historical Society of Ireland - Their Family History and Genealogy page gives some useful information on the history of the movement in Ireland. Explore the various tabs to find out more about what is available in the library in Belfast and some limited material and finding aids on line. Unfortunately, it does not look as if the on line material has been updated in some time but there is an email address to make contact if you have a specific question - the archivist is very helpful.
- The Methodist Class Book - Newtownbarry Circuit 1819-1846 - Very specific I know, but this turned out to be a great resource for doing some family reconstruction on a single surname in this corner of Ireland where Counties Wexford, Wicklow and Carlow meet. If you have ancestors who were Methodists elsewhere, try using some combination of the terms "Methodist", "Class Book" and "Circuit" in a search engine to see what might crop up elsewhere.