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Tracing Your Female Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians

Tracing Your Female Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians

Adele Emm

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Everyone has a mother and a line of female ancestors and often their paths through life are hard to trace. This detailed, accessible handbook explores the lives of female ancestors from the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 to the beginning of the First World War. In 1815 a woman was the chattel of her husband; by 1914, when the menfolk were embarking on one of the most disastrous wars ever known, the women at home were taking on jobs and responsibilities never before imagined. Chapters cover the quintessential experiences of birth, marriage and death, a woman’s working and daily life both middle and working class, through to crime and punishment, the acquisition of an education and the fight for equality. Each chapter gives advice on where further resources, archives, wills, newspapers and websites can be found, with plentiful common sense advice on how to use them. (240pps. illus. index. Pen and Sword, 2019.)