Happy Mother’s Day to the moms out there and those on my family tree, including my great-grandma (here in the early 30s, holding one of her little ones) and my grandma (the little girl with her hands folded in front of her).
One of your biggest brick walls, you tell us, is finding the women in your family tree. That’s because historical records tend to name men more often, and women generally changed their names when they married (though those from some cultures, such as Italians, usually used their maiden names on official records).
This Mother’s Day, we want to help you learn more about your female ancestors’ lives. These free articles on FamilyTreeMagazine.com give tips and resources to aid your search:
And here are some resources for finding female ancestors from Family Tree Shop:
- May 2009 Family Tree Magazine, with our article on how gender comes into play when using DNA testing as part of your genealogy research
- July 2010 Family Tree Magazine, with a guide to finding female forebears’ maiden names
- January 2008 Family Tree Magazine (digital edition), with eight research strategies to trace your female ancestors
- Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles 1840-1900 by Maureen A. Taylor, which helps you date the ‘dos (both women’s and men’s) in your family photos
Remember: Order anything from Family Tree Shop and get FREE our “Memories of Mom” digital download from the forthcoming book My Life & Times by Sunny Jane Morton (available October 2011). This offer ends Monday, May 9.