Tracing Your Female Ancestors (Paperback)
A Guide for Family Historians
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Everyone has a mother and a line of female ancestors and often their paths through life are hard to trace. That is why this detailed, accessible handbook is of such value, for it 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. Adèle Emm’s work is the ideal introduction to the role of women during this period of dramatic social change.
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.
This book details the experiences of women living in a period of unprecedented change, between 1815 and 1914. Generally, of course the trend was towards greater equality and improved living conditions, but many alive in those years still suffered wretched lives. Chapters cover in detail such issues as birth, marriage and death, education, employment and emancipation. The chapter on crime and punishment, for example highlights that whilst only 180 women on the 1841 national census are recorded as prostitutes, one police estimate was for 80,000 in London alone. In the majority of instances, this was the only way a woman could survive if she had lost her partner or employment.Alnwick Family History
Whilst not every aspect of this work will relate directly to your female ancestors, there is almost certain to be material of interest. For example, don’t despair if your great-grandma is missing from the 1911 census; she could well have been a supporter of the suffragettes under their directive for non-compliance “No vote, no census!” The further references given after each chapter to online sources, local record offices, specialist museums and further reading are also very comprehensive.
A unique and information packed instructional reference and guide, "Tracing Your Female Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians" is an extraordinary and thoroughly 'user friendly manual that is unreservedly recommended for both community and academic library Genealogy collections and supplemental studies lists.Midwest Book Review
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This is a book that stands readying at a single siting and subtly invites you to take a different world view. an absolute gem!Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group
As featured byFamily Tree, June 2019