Fearless Females Blogging Prompts Back for 2024

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Get a Jumpstart on Your Blogging for Women’s History Month

In March 2010, I launched a series of 31 blogging prompts for celebrating and honoring the “fearless females” in our family trees. Many bloggers participated and I was asked if I planned on running them again. I’m happy to say that this series is still going strong and is back for a 13th year.

Badge graphic courtesy of Denise Levenick; edits by Lisa Alzo

So, to mark National Women’s History Month, I’m listing the 31 prompts below.

Also, you can download the free badge above to use on your blog to indicate your participation. [A special thanks to my friend and colleague, Denise Levenick, The Family Curator, who created the original version of this badge especially for me for the 2016 edition of Fearless Females].

It is a perfect time to start writing about your female ancestors.

[Group of young women reading in library of normal school, Washington, D.C.]Library of Congress, (Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer.); REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-USZ62-100288 (b&w film copy neg.) DIGITAL ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3c00288 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c00288]

Prompts

Fearless Females: 31 Blogging Prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month

You can choose to do some of the prompts, or all of them–there’s no pressure–it’s meant to be a fun exercise to focus on the women and make sure their stories are told!

March 1 — Do you have a favorite female ancestor? One you are drawn to or want to learn more about? Write down some key facts you have already learned or what you would like to learn and outline your goals and potential sources you plan to check.

March 2 — Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?

March 3 — Do you share a first name with one of your female ancestors? Perhaps you were named for your great-grandmother, or your name follows a particular naming pattern. If not, then list the most unique or unusual female first name you’ve come across in your family tree.

March 4 — Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one.

March 5 — How did they meet? You’ve documented marriages, now, go back a bit. Do you know the story of how your parents met? Your grandparents?

March 6 — Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor (wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.) If you don’t have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother, or aunt (a scarf, a hat, cooking utensil, furniture, etc.)

March 7 — Share a favorite recipe from your mother or grandmother’s kitchen. Why is this dish your favorite? If you don’t have one that’s been passed down, describe a favorite holiday or other meal you shared with your family.

March 8 — Did one of your female ancestors leave a diary, journal, or collection of letters? Share an entry or excerpt.

March 9 — Take a family document (baptismal certificate, passenger list, naturalization petition, etc.) and write a brief narrative using the information.

March 10 — What role did religion play in your family? How did your female ancestors practice their faith? If they did not, why didn’t they? Did you have any female ancestors who served their churches in some capacity?

March 11 — Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family?

March 12 — Working girl: Did your mother or grandmother work outside the home? What did she do? Describe her occupation.

March 13 — Moment of Strength: share a story where a female ancestor showed courage or strength in a difficult situation.

March 14 — Newsmakers? Did you have a female ancestor who made the news? Why? Was she famous or notorious? Did she appear in the social column?

March 15 — Write a six-word memoir tribute to one of your female ancestors.

March 16 — If you could have lunch with any female family member (living or dead) or any famous female who would it be and why? Where would you go? What would you eat?

March 17 — Social Butterfly? What social organizations or groups did your mother or grandmother belong to? Sewing circle, church group, fraternal benefit society or lodge? Describe her role in the group.

March 18 — Shining star: Did you have a female ancestor who had a special talent? Artist, singer, actress, athlete, seamstress, or other? Describe.

March 19 — Have you discovered a surprising fact about one of your female ancestors? What was it and how did you learn it? How did you feel when you found out?

March 20 — Is there a female ancestor who is your brick wall? Why? List possible sources for finding more information.

March 21 — Describe a tender moment one of your female ancestors shared with you or another family member.

March 22 — If a famous director wanted to make a movie about one of your female ancestors who would it be? What actress would you cast in the role and why?

March 23 — Create a timeline for a female ancestor using your favorite software program or an online timeline generator such as OurTimelines. Post an image of it or link to it.

March 24 — Do you share any physical resemblance or personality trait with one of your female ancestors? Who? What is it?

March 25 — Tell how a female ancestor interacted with her children. Was she loving or supportive? A disciplinarian? A bit of both?

March 26 — What education did your mother receive? Your grandmothers? Great-grandmothers? Note any advanced degrees or special achievements.

March 27 — Do you know the immigration story of one or more female ancestors? Do you have any passenger lists, passports, or other documentation? Interesting family stories?

March 28 — Do you remember your mother’s best friend? Your grandmother’s? How and where did they meet? How long were they friends? What activities did they share?

March 29 — Create a free Fold3 Memorial Page or a Genealogy Trading Card at Big Huge Labs for a female ancestor. Some of you may have created your own card back in September 2009 following Sheri Fenley’s post over at The Educated Genealogist. This time, the card is for your female ancestor. Tell us about who you’ve selected and why and then post a link to what you’ve created.

March 30 — Did you receive any advice or words of wisdom from your mother or another female ancestor?

March 31 — Pick one female ancestor and write a mini-profile (500 words or less).

BONUS: Take all of your postings and turn them into a memory or tribute booklet for future generations.

Post an entry on your Blog when you have created your tribute. Tell us how you did it (what format, how you printed it or digitized it, etc.).

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Mother’s Day Special: Save 40% on Courses at Research, Write, Connect

Looking to research or write about the special women in your life? 

Then, check out the special Mother’s Day sale and save 40% on all classes at Research, Write, Connect through Monday, 11 May 2020!  


All courses are self-paced with no set start or end dates so you can begin at a date and time that suits your schedule!
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Offer good until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 11 May 2020.
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Which Female Ancestor Inspires You? Celebrate International Women’s Day and Share Her Story

Today (March 8th) is International Women’s Day–a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. [See https://www.internationalwomensday.com].

I am grateful for all the women in my family tree whose stories inspire me every day.  Women who seemingly lived ordinary lives, but rose above difficult circumstances and challenges with extraordinary faith and determination. 

Here is a little video tribute I created using Animoto to honor some of my female ancestors.



Which female ancestor inspires you?  Consider sharing her story in a video tribute or a blog post during this month of March. 

If you would like to learn more about researching your female ancestors or writing their stories, I can help. 

Two Days Left! Save 40% on the Finding Your Female Ancestors Course 

Finding Your Female Ancestors available at Research, Write, Connect! 


This course is packed full of information from my 30+ years of researching female ancestors! 

Limited Time: Save 40% Off the Regular Price

Register today and save 40% off the regular price of $99 (now just $59.40 USD) View the full course outline here.

Use coupon code: FEARLESS40

Offer expires 10 March 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time!




Save 50%: Finding Your Female Ancestors (Volume I) Webinar Bundle

Through 31 March 2020 you can purchase my Finding Your Female Ancestors (Volume I) Webinar Bundle – a collection of three of my popular webinars – for 50% off the regular price (now just $9.95)

Offer expires Tuesday 31 March 2020 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.  

OFFER GOOD ONLY ON FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS WEBINAR BUNDLE VOLUME 1




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Includes:

1. Ladies First: Finding Your Female Ancestors (webinar + handout)

2. Ten Ways to Tell Your Female Ancestors’ Stories (webinar + handout)

3. Three Slovak Women: Telling the Story of One Slovak-American Family Using Oral and Social History (webinar + handout)



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Celebrate Women’s History Month: Save 50% on Finding Female Ancestors Webinar Bundle

In celebration of Women’s History Month, I will have some special offers for products or services to help you research your elusive female ancestors and learn some new research skills and techniques.

For a limited time you can save 50% on the Finding Your Female Ancestors (Volume I) Webinar Bundle – a collection of three of my popular webinars. Regular price $19.95 –  now just $9.97! 

Offer expires Tuesday 31 March 2020 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.  

OFFER GOOD ONLY ON FINDING YOUR FEMALE ANCESTORS WEBINAR BUNDLE VOLUME 1






Click here to purchase – use coupon code: MARCH2020


Includes:

1. Ladies First: Finding Your Female Ancestors (webinar + handout)

2. Ten Ways to Tell Your Female Ancestors’ Stories (webinar + handout)

3. Three Slovak Women: Telling the Story of One Slovak-American Family Using Oral and Social History (webinar + handout)

Finding Your Female Ancestors Webinar Bundle


Check out our other webinar bundles too, and be sure to sign up for my newsletter to receive notifications about new products and discounts.


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Learn to Trace the Women in Your Family Tree: Save 40% on Finding Your Female Ancestors Course

When I began my genealogy research some 30 years ago, I started with researching my maternal grandmother. In those days before online databases, I spent countless hours digging through old documents and corresponding with various archives and repositories to obtain records to verify family stories.

In hindsight, choosing a woman for my first research project may not have been the best strategy since historically women are typically more difficult to track down. Eventually, I learned enough details about my grandmother’s life to write my book Three Slovak Women. I overcame many research challenges and I can help you find your elusive female ancestors.



March is National Women’s History Month and to celebrate, I’m excited to announce a discount on my course Finding Your Female Ancestors available at Research, Write, Connect! 


This course is packed full of information from my 30+ years of researching female ancestors! 

Limited Time: Save 40% Off the Regular Price

Register today and save 40% off the regular price of $99 (now just $59.40 USD)

Use coupon code: FEARLESS40

Offer expires 10 March 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time!


Here’s What You’ll Learn

By taking this course today, you will quickly overcome the common challenges of missing maiden names and male-dominated record sets to finally find the females in your family tree. Get strategies and methods to help you tell “her” story!

Course Highlights

  • Work on your own schedule.
  • Tips and Techniques: Detailed lessons and instructional videos will show you successful strategies for finding your female ancestors.
  • Measure Your Progress: Checklists, worksheets, and self-graded assessments will help keep you on track and measure your progress.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Getting Started
Developing a successful research strategy
Learn key steps for beginning your search

Lesson 2: Teasing Out Maiden Names
Strategies to Determine Maiden  Names
Seeking Out Vital Records and Other Resources
Naming Practices and Patterns

Lesson 3: Remember the Ladies!
Exploring Oral Histories, Family Traditions and Inner Circles
Women’s History 101
Tell Her Story

Lesson 4: Solving Special Research Problems
Advanced Tips
Brickwall Strategies
You Can Find Your Elusive Female Ancestors!

Course Wrap-Up
Summary
Additional Resources
Next Steps

Click here to start finding your female ancestors today!




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New Year’s Sale: Save 40% on All Courses at Research, Write, Connect

If one of your 2020 goals is to learn something new about genealogy, or how to write your family history, or use Scrivener writing software, then take advantage of the special New Year’s sale and save 40% on all classes at Research, Write, Connect through Monday, 6 January 2020!  



All courses are self-paced with no set start or end dates so you can begin at a date and time that suits your schedule!

Use promo code NEWYEAR40 at checkout to claim your 40% savings!

Offer good until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 6 January 2020.
  • The ABCs of DNA, regularly priced at $87.00 USD, now just $52.20 USD – click HERE to shop!

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Back to School Sale – Save 40% on All Courses at Research, Write, Connect

As August comes to an end, students are heading back to school. If you are looking to learn something new about genealogy, or how to write your family history, or use Scrivener writing software, then take advantage of the special back to school sale and save 40% on all classes at Research, Write, Connect through Tuesday, 3 September 2019!  

All courses are self-paced with no set start or end dates so you can begin at a date and time that suits your schedule!

Use promo code LEARN40 at checkout to claim your 40% savings!

Offer good until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 3 September 2019.

  • The ABCs of DNA, regularly priced at $87.00 USD, now just $52.20 USD – click HERE to shop!

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Prime Sale Extended ~ Save 40% on Courses at Research Write Connect

Good news! If you missed snagging your discount on genealogy and writing courses at Research, Write, Connect the sale has been extended!



Now through Monday 22 July 2019 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, you can still save on many great courses.  Click here to register and save with coupon code JULY40.

Limited Time Only!

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  • The ABCs of DNA, regularly priced at $87.00 USD, now just $52.20 USD – click HERE to shop!
Sale valid through Monday, July 22, 2019.

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A Prime 24 Hour Sale – Save 40% on Genealogy and Writing Courses at Research, Write, Connect

Why Summer is the “Prime Time” to Dive Deeper into Your Family History

Are you looking for that “perfect” time to start exploring your family history and sharing stories about your ancestors? While there never may be a perfect time, summer is a “prime time” to focus on genealogy and writing. After all, the days are longer, and hopefully less hectic, giving you more opportunities to talk with family members and kick back in your favorite chair on your porch, deck, or by the pool with your laptop or tablet.

Why not take advantage of the special summer flash sale at Research, Write, Connect to get a jumpstart on your research and writing? 

24-Hours Only!

Save 40% on ALL COURSES.. . use promo code JULY40 at checkout to claim your 40% savings!

  • The ABCs of DNA, regularly priced at $87.00 USD, now just $52.20 USD – click HERE to shop!
Sale valid through Tuesday, July 16th, 2019.

Click here to learn more.

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The Perfect Time for Digging Up Family Stories: Spring into Summer Sale at Research Write Connect!

Summer is the perfect time to catch up on your genealogy research and to start those family history writing projects.

To help get you started, I am running a special Spring into Summer sale on ANY COURSE available through my online course site Research, Write, Connect.

Now through 24 June 2019 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, you can save 40% on ANY COURSE with coupon code: JUNE40 at checkout.  

I have teamed up with Genealogy Bargains to offer this awesome promotion, and you can learn more here.

Available Courses

The Write Stuff: Telling the Story (Writer’s Edition) (just $89.40 with discount)
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Discovering Genealogy  (just $52.20 with discount)
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The ABCs of DNA (just $52.20 with discount)
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