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A Genealogist In The Archives: Female Ancestors and Women's History Month

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Female Ancestors and Women's History Month

In genealogy, we say that everyone has a story to tell. As genealogists it is our job to document and tell the stories of our ancestors. Each person in our ancestry lived a unique life that only they could have lived. Good or bad, each person’s story should be told. Our female ancestors have a story to tell as well.

Josephine Annette Curtis and Agnes Marie Curtis, ca. 1920's

Female ancestors are very important to our genealogy research and should be researched with as much gusto as our male ancestors. You might think that researching your female ancestors is not productive to your genealogy research because they didn’t leave much in the way of records. I would say that they are just as important and in some cases can be more important than our male ancestors.

Lou Tennessee (Burnaine) Sanders and Lucy (Burnaine) Sanders, undated

My genealogy friend Gena Philibert-Ortega is well known for her women's genealogy research and starting today she is going to be blogging for the whole month of March about the women in our genealogy research. She does this in honor of Women's History Month and this year is her 5th year of blog posts. Her theme this year is "Records for Researching Her Life". You can check out Gena's blog posts at her blog:

We all research the male ancestors in our family to find the next generation and to see just how far back we can get. Researching your female ancestors can give you the same satisfaction. Remember, you are directly related to her parents, her grandparents, her great-grandparents, etc. Her ancestry could hold as much or more information than the males in your family. Try to research your female ancestors with the same goals in mind that you have with your male ancestors. You might be surprised at what you find. Female ancestors have a story to tell. Who’s going to tell it? Hopefully YOU!



Book Recommendation!

From the Family Kitchen: Discover Your Food Heritage and Preserve Favorite Recipes 
by Gena Philibert-Ortega


  1. Started, researching my female ancestors not long ago and I am finding it is more difficult to follow the line than males. Still a lot of fun!

    1. Hello! Don't give up! Yes, it is harder but can be so rewarding. Wishing you all the best! Thank You for reading my blog!

  2. I believe some are just hiding and don't want to be found!

  3. You are probably right! It's so hard sometimes to find female ancestors. Thank You for reading my blog!