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Research: Grandmothers, Mothers & Daughters-Tracing Women
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Our female ancestors played significant roles in history. Yet, researching and writing about the women in our families can be a daunting task. If you have hit a brick wall in the quest to find information about your female ancestors, this course covers strategies and key sources to assist you with your research and show you how to document “her” story.

Course Content

Module 1
Why are Females so Difficult to Trace?
Guidelines for Researching a Woman’s History
First Steps: Developing a Solid Research Strategy
• Research Diagram
Start with Home and Family Sources
• Brief Checklist of Home & Family Sources
• Diaries, Letters, & Photographs
• Clothing/Heirlooms/Jewelry/Keepsakes
• Recipes & Traditions
Keeping Track of Your Data
Five Strategies for Finding Female Ancestors

Module 2
Locating Maiden Names in Public Sources
Vital Records
• Marriage Records
• Marriage―Not Just a Ceremony
• Divorce Records
Verify Details with Other Vital Records
• Birth Records
• Death Records
• Obituaries
• Cemetery & Burial Records
• Memorial Cards/Remembrances
• Funeral Home Records
• Coroner Case Files
Census Records
Immigration & Naturalization Records
• U.S. Immigration Records/Passenger Lists
• Locating Passenger Arrival Records
• Alien Registrations
• Canadian Immigration Records
• Emigration or Port of Departure Lists
• Border Crossing Records
Passports & Passport Applications
Naturalization Records
• U.S. Declaration of Intention
• U.S. Petition for Citizenship
• U.S. Post-1906 Naturalizations
• Canadian Citizenship (Naturalization) Records
Other Documents
• Land Records
• Tax Records
• Probate & Guardianship Records
• Military & Pension Records
• Women’s Institutes & Organizations
• Newspapers

Module 3
Researching Social History
Learn About the Time Period
Learn Naming Practices and Patterns
Cultural Considerations (Ethnicity, Rituals and Traditions)
Putting Your Female Ancestor in Historical Context with Timelines
Cluster Genealogy

Module 4
Women Life’s During World War II
Women on the Home Front
• Organizing Entertainment
• Victory Gardens, Rationing & Recycling
• War Bond Drives
• Joining the Work Force & Military
• Women in the U.S.
• Women in Britain
• Women in Australia
• Education
• Resources for Women on the Home Front
The Decision to Join the Fight!
Branches of Service
• Australian Service
• British Service
• U.S. Service
Final Considerations

Module 5
Telling “Her” Story
Writing Prompts
Best Websites for Tracing Female Ancestors
Further Reading

Module 6
Case Study Outline

Case Study: Elizabeth Alzo
Objective Previous Research or Knowledge Facts or Information Provided Photos & Documents

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