The Female Line: Researching your Female Ancestors

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Men may carry the surname in genealogy but it is often the women who lead the most interesting and colourful lives. This book is devoted to researching the 'strong but invisible roots of the family tree', namely women, beginning c.1800 until the end of World War II. Although women can be most troublesome for the genealogist because they change their name, Margaret Ward gives plenty of advice on how to track their marriages and other relationships, their careers, legal status and...

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Overview

Men may carry the surname in genealogy but it is often the women who lead the most interesting and colourful lives. This book is devoted to researching the 'strong but invisible roots of the family tree', namely women, beginning c.1800 until the end of World War II. Although women can be most troublesome for the genealogist because they change their name, Margaret Ward gives plenty of advice on how to track their marriages and other relationships, their careers, legal status and so on through a range of sources.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853068188
  • Publisher: Countryside Books
  • Publication date: 10/23/2003
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 8.28 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
1. Following the Female Line 7
The name's the problem 7
Starting with yourself 9
Talk to your older female relatives 13
2. What did she look like? 15
Family photographs 15
Other ways to picture her 20
Finding out more 23
3. Merry Wives? Marriage, women and the Law 24
How did she meet him? 24
In the eyes of the law 30
Finding out more 37
4. Relicts and Old Virgins 40
Widows 40
Single women 43
Finding out more 46
5. Passionate Politics and a Public Life 49
Fighting for the vote 49
In county and parish 54
Charities, societies and the church 56
Finding out more 57
6. Criminal Women 60
Female crime 61
Prison, transportation or the gallows? 66
Finding out more 69
7. A Working Life 70
Women at work 70
Finding out more 76
8. Women and War 85
Wives and nurses 85
Twentieth century world war 87
War work and the home front 91
Finding out more 94
9. Timeline 1800-1950: a selective list 100
Appendix A word about sources 106
Acknowledgements 108
Bibliography 108
Index 111
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