April 16, 2019


During most of the early history of the United States, women came under the legal status of their husbands. This meant that women were not required to be directly involved in many of the records kept at that time. Since this can make women harder to find, to be successful you need to understand which records might provide you with their names, or at least clues you can combine together to identify them. To find women in the records, it is important to focus on the men they were related to: husbands, fathers, grandfathers, brothers, sons, and even uncles or cousins.

Records are listed in general order, starting with the records most likely to be successful du...

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