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Strategies for Finding Female Ancestors

Know your names.
Why can it be so difficult to trace women in genealogical records? Prior to the 20th century, most historical records were for and about men. Property was usually listed under the man's name, and men ran businesses and the government. Meanwhile, a woman typically changed her name each time she married, and, of course, children carried men's surnames to the next generation. If finding the females in your family tree has you singing the blues, get back in sync with these eight research strategies.

Note the names of each woman's husband, children and siblings-and especially any unusual middle names, which could be the mothers' or grandmothers' maiden names (such as Evelyn Vallis Neville).

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