Minutes of the Wesleyan Methodist Conference


As well as telling us what was discussed at the annual conference, the minutes list all the ministers for that year and where they are to be stationed, and which ministers have stopped being ministers. They also list the ministers who died in the previous year, with a short obituary.

We have a full set of minutes at Methodist Church House, as do the Methodist Archives and Research Centre in Manchester, but we are delighted to be able to tell you that many of the earlier years have been digitised, and made freely available on the internet.

If you want to know about an ancestor who was a Wesleyan Methodist minister who died between 1744 and 1860 or in a number of years between 1870 and 1900 follow these links.

1744-1798 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesofmethodi00wesl

1799-1807 http://books.google.com/books?id=ICIRAAAAIAAJ&dq=primitive+methodist+conference&lr=&as_brr=1&source=gbs_navlinks_s

1808-1813 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc04churgoog

1814-1818 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc02churgoog

1819-1824 http://books.google.com/books?id=7xoRAAAAIAAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s

1825-1830 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc10churgoog

1831-1835 http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=DCIRAAAAIAAJ&redir_esc=y

1836-1839 http://books.google.com/books?id=RygRAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=editions:0bbUu-YN4LBfeUrg7Am

1840-1843 http://hdl.handle.net/2027/nyp.33433070792597

1844-1847 http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=mxsRAAAAIAAJ&redir_esc=y

1848-1851 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc18churgoog

1852-1854 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc11churgoog

1855-1857 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc07churgoog

1858-1860 http://books.google.com/books?id=PMEQAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA3-IA4

1861-1864       Not available online

1865 https://archive.org/details/minutesofseveral00wesl_0

1866-1869       Not available online

1870-1872 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesmethodis00churgoog

1873-1875 https://archive.org/details/10735743.269.emory.edu

1876 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc17churgoog

1877 https://hdl.handle.net/2027/chi.097921491

1878 https://hdl.handle.net/2027/chi.097921506

1879 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc16churgoog

1880-1882       Not available online

1883 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc08churgoog

1884  http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc00churgoog

1885 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc12churgoog

1886-1887       Not available online

1888 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc15churgoog

1889    Not available online

1890 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc05churgoog

1891 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc09churgoog

1892-1894      Not available online

1895 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc14churgoog

1896-1897       Not available online

1898  http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc03churgoog

1899 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc13churgoog

1900 http://www.archive.org/details/minutesseveralc01churgoog

A full set of volumes, covering 1744 to 1932 is available on a pay to view basis at  https://www.britishonlinearchives.co.uk/group.php?cat=&sid=BOAREL&cid=9781851172092&date_option=equal&pid=72092msa

If you are looking for a minister who died between 1861 and 1869, the obituaries were reprinted in The Wesleyan Methodist Magazine. You  will need to check the index (sadly at the end of each volume) to find the obituaries. Electronic copies of the volumes for 1861-1862 and 1864-1869 may be found here

For access to those years not available online, including those from after 1900 , contact either the University of Manchester

Tel: 0161 275 3764

email Contact Special Collections (The University of Manchester Library)

or  Methodist Church House

Tel: 020 7486 5502

email: helpdesk@methodistchurch.org.uk


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