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Tracing Your Female Ancestors

Moorshead Magazines is the publisher of Family Chronicle, and Internet Genealogy. Occasionally, the company releases a special collection of articles on a key genealogical topic. Tracing Your Female Ancestors is the latest special release by the company. Published in a magazine format, this release offers 16 articles on key areas of Women’s history and genealogical […]

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Genealogy at a Glance: Finding Female Ancestors

There are several disadvantages to researching female ancestors, compared to males, as described by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack in her guide Genealogy at a Glance: Finding Female Ancestors. First, women have long been the “silent partner” in most marriages. Historically, men handled virtually all business; thus, records only held the names of men. In many places […]

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Chasing Women: Finding Your Female Ancestors

“Locating the names of our female ancestors can be difficult – principally because their names changed upon marrying. Women historically have not produced as many records as their husbands, since women’s suffrage largely did not exist until the twentieth century. This adds to the difficulty of finding their names, let alone the details of their […]

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The Hidden Half of the Family

For the greater part of American history, and like most of the World, the United States has been largely a patriarchal society. As such, through law and custom, men and husbands ruled the affairs of home and were the recognized ambassador of the family in political and worldly affairs. Often, only a mans name appeared […]

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Womens’ Property Rights in America

Genealogist Sharon Tate Moody wrote an excellent article this past week on the history of women’s property rights in America for her column in the “Life” section of Tampa Bay Tribune. Following is a teaser. Modern-day genealogists often find it incomprehensible that for periods of history, married women couldn’t make wills. This oddity was ruled […]

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