3 Sensible Methods for Discovering Feminine Ancestors

There’s an issue with discovering feminine ancestors. With title adjustments and an absence of data, it may be difficult to hint the feminine half of the household tree. Listed below are 3 sensible methods for locating extra about our feminine ancestors.

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1. Discover All You Can About Her (AKA Don’t Skip Data)

Since ladies had fewer authorized rights than males, there weren’t as many data created about ladies as there have been for males. Which means we are able to’t afford to skip any data that ought to exist for her.

It’s so tempting in our analysis to only skip data as a result of we expect we all know what’s going to be in that document. “Oh, I can skip that census as a result of it’s not going to inform me something I don’t already know,” or, “Obituaries are exhausting to search out so I’m not going to hassle searching for it.” (By the way in which, I’ve some ideas for locating ladies’s obituaries.)

If we’re skipping data that ought to exist for her, we may very well be lacking out on some golden alternatives to search out extra info. For instance, in a single census document I discovered the brother of my second nice grandmother dwelling with them. I didn’t know something about this brother earlier than I discovered the census document. That census opened up complete new avenues of analysis; I might analysis her brother, which led to details about their dad and mom. If I had skipped that census document as a result of, “Oh, it isn’t going to inform me something new,” I might have missed that manner of discovering all of that details about their dad and mom.

2. Seek for Her Husband (All of Them)

We’d like to consider all of her husbands, not simply the one who we descend from. It’s really easy to fall into the entice of, “Okay, she was married thrice however I descend from her first husband, in order that’s the one I’m going to concentrate on.”

My third-great-grandmother Matilda Debolt Skinner Crossen Brown McFillin was married at the least 4 instances. I descend from her first husband, William Skinner, however I should be researching all 4 of her husbands. Every of her husbands created data that comprise details about her: land data, probate data, courtroom data, marriage data, and so forth. I can’t focus solely on William Skinner. Certainly, I needed to preserve all of her husbands in thoughts to be able to break down the brick wall that had stymied me for greater than 20 years! (You may learn extra about that analysis right here.)

3. Analysis All of Her Kids

The third factor that we have to do is analysis all of her kids, not simply the kid that we descend from. Give it some thought, if we’re researching that one youngster considering she or he goes to have the reply, what if she had eight kids? Couldn’t any of these eight have info pertaining to her?

Take into account beginning data. Whenever you discovered the beginning document of the kid that you just descend from, possibly it didn’t record the mom’s maiden title. Nonetheless, possibly the beginning document of one of many different kids did. Additionally, take into consideration their obituaries and marriage data (each civil and church). Don’t get so centered simply on the kid that you just descend from, take into consideration all of them. What solutions can you discover from these different kids?

Additionally, don’t skip over any of her kids who died younger. Their beginning data, dying data, obituaries, and cemetery data might have simply as a lot details about her as any of the opposite kids.


As we’re looking for details about the females in our household tree, we are able to’t afford to be hyper-focused on simply her or the husband and youngster we descend from. We are able to’t skip data simply because we expect we all know what’s going to be in there. We have to additionally analysis all of her husbands and all of her kids.

Which of those methods have you ever used to search out extra about your feminine ancestors?

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