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The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women's Geneology
by Christina K. Schaefer (Goodreads Author)
By law and by custom women's individual identities have been subsumed by those of their husbands. For centuries women were not allowed to own real estate in their own name, sign a deed, devise a will, or enter into contracts, and even their citizenship and their position as head of household have been in doubt. Finding women in traditional genealogical record sources, ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published September 5th 2000 by Genealogical Publishing Company
(first published October 1st 1999)
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This book has a 47 page introduction that focuses on using both traditional and nontraditional sources in researching your female ancestor. The chapters following are state-by-state lists of key information as they relate specifically to women. Where to find marriage and divorce records by time period, property and inheritance laws by date, suffrage and citizenship dates, etc. There is also an extensive bibliography of sources - both general and specific to women. An excellent reference. I'm ...more
Great reference source! She breaks down the search process into first a general outline and then state by state process. also offers some nice examples and period pictures along the way which absolutely assist in making her points! it is in need of an update, but that is because of some new information that has been released and just general updates that ALL reference pieces need from time to time, I hope she republishes soon.
This work is a great way to follow how laws and customs in each state affect how we research women in our American genealogies. It helped me to quickly find the dates of Missouri laws that I needed in researching my great-great grandmother. It has extensive bibliographies for further research.