Books About Female Ancestors

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Narratives that focus on women’s lives:

“A Good Poor Man’s Wife”: Being a Chronicle of Harriet Hanson Robinson and Her Family in 19th-Century New England by Claudia L. Bushman (University Press of New England, $19.95)

The Way of Duty: A Woman and Her Family in Revolutionary America by Joy Day Buel and Richard Buel Jr. (W.W. Norton & Co., $13.95)

Growing Up in the 1850s: The Journal of Agnes Lee edited by Mary Custis Lee deButts (University of North Carolina Press,$10.95)

Rachel Calof’s Story: Jewish Homesteader on the Northern Plains edited by J. Sanford Rikoon (Indiana University Press, $11.58)

The Murder of Helen Jewett: The Life and Death of a Prostitute in 19th-Century New York by Patricia Cline Cohen (Vintage Books, $14)

Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750 by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (Vintage Books, $14)

Separate Lives: The Story of Mary Rippon by Silvia Pettem (The Book Lode, $19.95)

General guides for discovering female ancestors:

A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack (Betterway Books, $17.99)

The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women’s Genealogy by Christina K. Schaefer (Genealogical Publishing Co., $35)