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A new interactive website may help family historians trace their ancestors in the Methodist Church.
My Methodist History
invites users to share information relating to all aspects of the movement's heritage, with the intention of documenting its 18th century origins through to the present day.
The free site enables users to create an account and add their own memories to a message board, as well as offer new insight into other people’s posts. Genealogists can also incorporate their family history findings and photographs into various subject pages, which include sections for individual chapels, people and places.
My Methodist History is part of a planned trio of online community archives developed and edited by volunteers, each covering a different strand of Methodism. The new site joins the existing My Primitive Methodist Ancestors
site, which was launched in June 2012. A third project, My Wesleyan Ancestors, is set to go live later this year.
“We are particularly keen to hear from people whose Methodist history has influenced their family or church community in more recent times,” explains Jo Hibbard, Methodist Church Heritage Officer.
“The website is designed to provide a space for communities with a shared history and we have already had former missionaries uploading their stories of serving the Church overseas in the 1950s and 60s.”
The Methodist movement originates from the teachings of Anglican theologian, John Wesley, who became renowned for his open-air preaching during the 18th century.
Now comprised of numerous sub-denomations and organisations worldwide, it is thought that there are approximately 200,000 practising Methodists in the UK alone.