I have an ancestor who was born in 1811 in Philadelphia, per her death record and census records. She was married in Ireland and the births of her children are listed in the Quaker records in the Ulster Monthly Meetings (she had joined the Lisburn meeting). I hired the Quaker records expert at Swarthmore to look for her birth record and any other records about her family, but he couldn't find any. Are there other repositories that have Philadelphia Quaker records?

I tried on the Irish side to get the record of her presenting her removal certificate, but they have apparently lost those records from that era.

My grandmother had said that this ancestor and her parents were devout Quakers. She left Philadelphia for Ireland after her parents died (to live with a cousin).

Here are the particulars: Her name was Isabella Johnson Green and her parents were Richard Green and Sarah Johnson.

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    I've updated my answer with a link to Hill's online index, where you can look up the locations of where the meeting records are held.
    – Jan Murphy
    Commented May 12, 2016 at 23:15

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This is not an extensive list of Quaker resources, but here are some links to guides and repositories to help you get started.

For Philadelphia records:

Covers eastern Pennsylvania, western New Jersey, Delaware, and the eastern shore of Maryland. Records, described in detail in this guide are deposited jointly at Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College and the Quaker Collection of Haverford College Library.

For Pennsylvania Records:

General Resources:

Update: The Quaker research guide at AmericanAncestors.org (NEHGS) has the link to Monthly Meetings in North America: A Quaker Index - quakermeetings.com, an online version of Monthly Meetings in North America: An Index by Thomas C. Hill.

Searching for Philadelphia in the county field shows several different meeting names, each of which have their own information page about the coverage of their records and where they can be found.

Looking through the pages on each meeting, you could sort out which collections are held at Haverford College and which at Swarthmore.

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    It looks like Swarthmore has a complete set of Philadelphia and neighboring Camden Quaker records for the time period of my interest. I appreciate your very through and helpful answer.
    – George
    Commented May 14, 2016 at 4:14

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