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Female Ancestors

Women In the Family Tree – Everything You Need To Know

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!

Women In the Family Tree - Tips & Strategies to Find Them!

All of my best posts walking your through your genealogy search for the women in your family tree. You'll find everything from tips to strategies to find your female ancestors. I want to help you break down your genealogy brick walls!

More Websites For Researching Female Ancestors

Newspapers!  Newspapers are critical when researching our female ancestors. My favorite websites include:

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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!

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  • Shelby Baltzley

    I’ve been reading your blogs for a few years now but I have discovered podcasts and not I get more! Also started with your YouTube videos as well. I plan on signing up for your 12 week course as soon as I get the email on that.

    Side note – you and I are DNA matches on Ancestry! I tried looking for the match again and couldn’t find it but I’m excited to see if I can find a connection… and hoping that DNA can once again topple a brick wall.

    Love your work… thank you for putting it out there! My goal (at 53 years old) is to finally have my dream job of genealogist and I’m doing everything I can to get there. Women like you have definitely inspired me to do this. My mom has told me for years I should “make money at this genealogy thing” and now, with dementia, she has said the same thing a couple of times. I really never thought I could but listening to podcasts, watching YouTube, I believe this is something I can do. Thank you.


  • Leslie Kozak

    I am still struggling with finding my ancestor Jemima Adams.

    The sale of land in Fauquier Couty, VA in1766 show the sale from Isaac Adams and wife Jemima, and both Isaac and Jemima made their mark on the document.

    Likewise, the sale of land in Rowan County, NC in 1790 shows the sale from Isaac Adams and wife Mimey However, all of the other land sales after 1790 do not show Isaac’s wife.

    Where wive’s requied to sign land sales at that time? Or can I assume that Jemima died sometime after 1790, and before Isaac sold other land in 1796, 1797, 1800, 1811 and 1812?

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