About us

The My Primitive Methodist Ancestors website was launched in June 2012.  It is supported by The Methodist Church, and Englesea Brook Museum. The site is developed and edited by volunteers.

The aim of the My Primitive Methodists project is to provide a ‘one stop shop’, to share information and research about every aspect of Primitive Methodism.

You can use the site to share your stories, memories, photos, research and comments, about people, places and topics. It's entirely up to you what you add. 

This site is part of a  community archive network, supported by The Methodist Church, and developed by volunteers, including My Methodist HistoryMy Wesleyan Methodist Ancestors and My Bible Christian Ancestors.

What is Primitive Methodism?

Primitive Methodism was about ‘back to basics’ of the early church, and has its roots in John Wesley’s open air preaching in the mid 18th century. In 1932 it united with other branches to become the MethodistChurch of today. 

Many people have Primitive Methodist ancestors. In 1906 there were 210,173 members, plus 10,000 in Australia and about another 10,000 in Canada.

You can read a short introduction here.