New web site tells church’s history

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A new Methodist family history website – the second in a trio of online community archives – has been launched by Methodist Heritage with the aim of encouraging people to share information related to every aspect of Methodist history.

My Methodist History is inviting people all over the world to contribute and help document Methodism’s early development, 19th-century splits and sub-denominations, overseas missions and life since the 1932 reunion.

People can use the site to share their stories and photos as well as add comments to other people’s posts. Anyone can upload material on to the site, which is free to use after registering.

Jo Hibbard, Methodist Church Heritage Officer, said: “We are particularly keen to hear from people whose Methodist history has influenced their family or church community in more recent times.

“The website is designed to provide a space for communities with a shared history. We have already had former missionaries uploading their stories of serving the church overseas in the ‘50s and ‘60s. I hope we will also have former members of the Methodist Association of Youth Clubs recalling the church’s legendary youth rallies at the Royal Albert Hall, London, in the ‘70s and ‘80s.”

The My Methodist History website is linked to the already popular My Primitive Methodist Ancestors launched last year. It will also be linked to the forthcoming My Wesleyan Methodist Ancestors website, with a search facility enabled to scan the network.