PO BOX 505 - Wyandotte, OK 74370, USA
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1-2PM - Genealogy Saturday
Hosted by the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
Saturday, October, 2011, Enid, OK
Equality of the sexes has come a long way throughout history. However, researchers often lose the record trail of female ancestors quickly, as research extends back in time. The majority of evidence resources used first mainly record commonly accepted male activity and statistics, if not precluding females altogether. This makes the hunt for females more challenging. Resources for secondary proofs to build strong pedigrees, as well as reasoning with a "feminine eye" will be addressed.
II. Unique Challenges
a. Surname may change with each marriage
b. Hyphenated or combined surnames
c. Legal name changes – point of marriage and beyond
d. Using initials, middle or maiden as given – not only female
e. Some US Female nationality changed by marrying other ethnic husbands.
III. Unique Solutions
a. Know what sources should give full name and search them all (i.e.)
i. Marriage Record (combined)
ii. Divorce Record
iii. Social Security Death Index
1. Not full index
2. Can be wrong or incomplete
3. Not related to social security benefits
b. Consider the “many hats” of any female
ii. Daughter/Grand Daughter
c. May rely on “lesser” general genealogy sources as gold mines for female information.
iii. Keepsake Books
3. Photo albums
4. Keepsake “files”
d. Suggested Female Resources
i. Letters – Diaries
iii. Church – School
vi. Oral Histories
vii. Social History
viii. Items found in the home
ix. City Directories
x. Voter Registration
xi. Military – Pension
xv. Published Work
e. Consider further co-lateral research as a wall buster – sometimes a work around does work
f. Female Oriented Resources
i. Cyndi’s List
iv. Jewish Women’s Archive – jwa.org
g. Where to find Unpublished Records
i. NUCMUC – Library of Congress
ii. WorldCat - .org
iii. PERSI – HeritageQuest, Ancestry, Allen Co./on site
iv. Favorite Search Engine
h. Be sure you are acquainted with all types of data for a given time and place, so you don’t overlook something
Carmack, Sharon D. B. A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors: Special Strategies for Uncovering Hard-to-Find Information About Your Female Lineage. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 1998. Print.
Hinckley, Kathleen W. Locating Lost Family Members & Friends: Modern Genealogical Research Techniques for Locating the People of Your Past and Present. Cincinnati, Ohio: Betterway Books, 1999. Print.
Schaefer, Christina K. The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women's Genealogy. Baltimore, Md: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1999. Print.
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