Spend some time this week learning more about one of your female ancestorâ€™s life. Check censuses for snippets of information like how many children she gave birth to and how many were still living (1900 and 1910 censuses), age at first marriage (1930 census), education and literacy, etc. Look at age and cause of death found on death records. Was it a prolonged illness through which she continued to take care of her family? Or perhaps one that meant they had to care for her? Compile an in-depth summary of what you know about her from the records you have, and then expand your search outward, documenting new information as you find it. Research the environment or environments she lived in, the climate, and historical events that may have impacted her and her family. Did she go from relative urban comforts to a new home in a frontier? What forms of transportation were available to her? By looking closer at what you have and doing some extra digging (check out Paula’s article for ideas), you can gain a better appreciation for the women in your family tree and throughout history.
Have you found an interesting tidbit about one of your female ancestors? Share your story in the comments section of this post.
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