Have you ever looked at a death certificate and in the place for the parents’ names you find the full name for the father and where the mother’s name should be listed there is that dreaded word “unknown.” For some reason even though moms have to be at the birth of a child, they are often the ones whose names are “unknown.”
There’s no doubt that researching female ancestors is harder, afterall in North America they take on a different surname with each marriage. However, harder doesn’t necessarily mean impossible. Women’s life experiences are different and so too are the resources needed to research and document their lives. While it’s important to start with resources you are familiar with like vital records and the census, when you hit a brick wall there are other sources.
That’s what Remembering the Ladies: Researching Your Female Ancestors is all about. We will explore resources, talk methodology and look at how we can find our female ancestors. This isn’t your grandmother’s genealogy! We will be looking at going beyond the usual familiar genealogy sources to track down family stories. I hope you will join me as we explore my favorite topic, researching female ancestors.
Look for this new and exciting column to debut in the February 2013 issue of IDG’s digital format magazine, Going In-Depth.