Searching for women in our trees only gets harder the further in time you go. Women and girls weren’t even listed in the Census by name until 1850! Further, sexist laws prevented women from owning property or inheriting kept women out of those records, thus generally the tax records as well. This complicates things for the genealogist, as those documents can be vital for research before 1850 in particular.
I’m currently researching my own maternal line, so I thought this might be a good time to gather up some helpful resources and share them here. Perhaps I should (and will!) write my own helpful posts as well, but for now, I’m too busy on the hunt! 🔍🕵️♀️
- 5 Tips for Researching the Females in Your Tree – Ancestry Anne, 2015
- Finding All of the Daughters in the Family Tree – Amy Johnson Crow, 2018
- 5 Tips for Finding Women’s Obituaries – Amy Johnson Crow, 2016
- Finding Female Ancestors: The Importance of Siblings – The occasional Genealogist, 2018
- How To Use The Pre-1850 Census to Find Your Female Ancestors – Are You My Cousin?, 2017
- Finding Females in Your Family Tree – Mary Penner (Ancestry/Youtube, 2010)
- Finding the Maiden Names of Women in Your Family Tree – Crista Cowan (Ancestry/Youtube, 2011)
- More Strategies for Finding Your Female Ancestors – Crista Cowan (Ancestry/Youtube, 2013)
- Finding Elusive Female Ancestors: 8 Essential Tips Masterclass – Michala Hulme & Mary McKee (Findmypast/Youtube, 2018)
- Her Name Wasn’t ‘Unknown’: Uncovering Female Ancestors – Gena Philibert-Ortega (Sacramento Public Library/Youtube, 2017)
- Unusual Sources for Finding Female Ancestors – Jane E. Wilcox & Amy Johnson Crow (Youtube, 2018)
- Finding Her Maiden Name: Develop the Skills to Bust a Brick Wall – The Occasional Genealogist
You can also find these links over on my Researching Female Ancestors Pinterest board!