Tips for Finding Female Ancestors

Tips for Finding Female Ancestors

March is Women’s History Month, so let's seize the opportunity to talk about finding women ancestors. Learning their maiden names can be a big problem, especially when you're researching before the era of consistent vital records. For me, birth and death records, when they're available, have been a source of...

March is Women’s History Month, so let’s seize the opportunity to talk about finding women ancestors. Learning their maiden names can be a big problem, especially when you’re researching before the era of consistent vital records.

For me, birth and death records, when they’re available, have been a source of maiden names. Carefully examining census records also has helped: In two cases, I’ve found a female ancestor’s elderly mother or father living in the daughter’s household.

Here’s a roundup of free FamilyTreeMagazine.com articles that focus on finding women ancestors:

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  1. Mary Ellen Tippin

    Hello
    I am looking for a female family member who would be in her late 30 early 40 ?? Her parents divorced when she was young. I believe she lived with her mother who may not be alive now. Her father is already dead.
    How would a person find some one in that situation.

    Thanks.

    Mary Ellen

  2. Hi, Mary Ellen,
    I can’t tell from your email whether the person you’re looking for is living. Try reverse genealogy: Trace your ancestors’ siblings and their descendants forward in time. We have an article download about how to do this in ShopFamilyTree.com: http://www.shopfamilytree.com/product/10229/

    Also search for your relative (if she’s living) in PeopleSearch engines and on social networks. Our on-demand webinar explains how this works: http://www.shopfamilytree.com/product/finding-living-relatives-ondemand-webinar/