Methodology for Elusive Female Ancestors
Melissa Johnson April 11, 2016
Tracing female ancestors can be one of the most difficult challenges for genealogists. Historically, women had fewer legal rights than the men in their lives. As a result, they were often hidden behind the identities of those men, and did not leave much of a paper trail behind. Successful research into elusive female ancestors often calls for different methodology—focusing on the men in their lives, and on networks of friends, neighbors, and associates. When enough evidence pointing toward a woman’s identity can be assembled, DNA can sometimes help verify the paper trail.Only NGS members have access to full articles of NGS Monthly. Please log in or click here to learn more about joining the National Genealogical Society.
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I have found some of the females listing in the obits. Some names have listed as Mrs. so and so. Some listed as being singles. Sometimes the obits will list number of children. As to how many sons and how many daughters and some will list how many grand kids. As to adoptions. In the state of Texas once adopted, the papers are permanently sealed. In some other states the adoptions are made public once filed. You just have to look