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

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

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 March 1st she is going to be blogging for the whole month of March about the women in our genealogy research and how to research them. She does this in honor of Women's History Month and this year is her 11th year of blog posts. Her theme this year is Women's History Month Revisited. You can check out Gena's posts at her blog at this link:

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

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