March is Womens 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:
- Strategies for finding female ancestors
- Glossary of Women’s Words (such as “consort,” “grass widow,” and the oh-so-flattering “spinster”)
- Details to zero in on when you’re dating women’s clothing in photographs
- List of women’s nicknames (because Elizabeth might go by Bet, Bess, Liza, Libby, Tess or any number of other monikers)
- Women’s history websites, books and organizations
You’ll discover more research strategies and details of our female ancestors’ lives with the tools in our Women’s History Month Value Pack, specially priced at $29.99 (a 59 percent discount) in March.