Look for these family items, which are primary sources typically created by women:
• needlework, quilts, linens, other textiles
• diaries, letters
• family Bibles
• recipe books, which may contain more than Mom’s apple pie recipe. You may also find folk remedies for illnesses and “recipes” for household cleansers.
• household ledgers, recording her weekly or monthly budget, or other important things she wanted to remember: addresses, birth dates, anniversaries, etc.