Genealogy tips and strategies to help you in finding the women in your family tree. Female ancestors do not have to be your brick wall.
How many of your genealogy brick walls concern your female ancestors?
Does it feel like the women in your family tree are hiding from you? It may feel that way – it does to me sometimes! – but those female ancestors are just waiting to be found.
I’ve got you covered with this round-up of seven (7) posts here at Are You My Cousin? to help you find all the women in the family tree. 🌳 It’s one-stop shopping!
More Websites For Researching Female Ancestors
Newspapers! Newspapers are critical when researching our female ancestors. My favorite websites include:
- Digitized newspapers in the state archives. (I frequently use the North Carolina Archives digital early newspaper collection.)
- Chronicling America – This one is free and where I start!
Special Collections! Special collections are often overlooked, but are fantastic resources for social history and discovering what was important to women at a given time or on a social issue.
- American Women – A Gateway to Library of Congress Resources on Women’s History. You will find a variety of online collections featuring different topics on women.
- Women’s Vote – August 2020 marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. This excellent social history site features the fascinating history the Suffrage movement and of individual women.
- Colonial Love and Marriage – Researching colonial ancestors? Learn about how love and marriage impacted couples during this time.
- Studies in Scarlet – Fascinating online collection from Harvard on marriage in the US 1815 – 1914.
- Check the state archives for special collections unique to your area of research.
- Check university special collections, too! The oral history collection from the Documenting the South collection from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one such example.
Do you have a favorite record collection you research for your female ancestor? Share in the comments below!