The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women's Genealogy

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Genealogical Publishing Com, 1999 - Reference - 298 pages
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"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, therefore, presents the researcher with a unique challenge, for census records, wills, land records, pension records--the conventional sources of genealogical identification--all have to be viewed in a different perspective if we are to establish the genealogical identity of our female ancestors. Whether listed under their maiden names, married names, patronymic/matronymic surnames or some other permutation, or hidden under such terms as "Mrs.," "Mistress," "goodwife," "wife of," or even "daughter of," it is clear that women are hard to find.
 

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Contents

ALABAMA
49
ALASKA
53
ARIZONA
57
ARKANSAS
61
CALIFORNIA
65
COLORADO
71
CONNECTICUT
75
DELAWARE
81
NEVADA
169
NEW HAMPSHIRE
173
NEW JERSEY
177
NEW MEXICO
181
NEW YORK
185
NORTH CAROUNA
191
NORTH DAKOTA
195
OHIO
199

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
85
FLORIDA
89
GEORGIA
93
HAWAII
97
IDAHO
103
ILLINOIS
107
INDIANA
111
IOWA
115
KANSAS
119
KENTUCKY
123
LOUISIANA
127
MAINE
133
MARYLAND
137
MASSACHUSETTS
141
MICHIGAN
147
MINNESOTA
151
MISSISSIPPI
155
MISSOURI
159
MONTANA
163
NEBRASKA
165
OKLAHOMA
203
OREGON
209
PENNSYLVANIA
213
RHODE ISLAND
219
SOUTH CAROLINA
223
SOUTH DAKOTA
227
TENNESSEE
231
TEXAS
235
UTAH
241
VERMONT
247
VIRGINIA
251
WASHINGTON
257
WEST VIRGINIA
261
WISCONSIN
265
WYOMING
269
GLOSSARY
273
BIBLIOGRAPHY
277
Index
297
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