Since March is Women’s History Month, the Accidental Genealogist is pleased to be giving a talk on “Silent Voices: Telling the Stories of Your Female Immigrant Ancestors” for the 2018 Maryland State Library Resource Center’s Annual Genealogy Lecture on Saturday, 10 March, sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.
I am honored to be in the company of two other excellent lecturers, Elissa Scalise Powell, who will present “Hiding Behind Their Skirts: Finding Women in Records”
and Barbara Vines Little, who will present “Femme Covert or Femme Sole: Women and the Law” and the three of us will participate in an afternoon panel discussion/Q&A session: “Daughters, Mothers and Wives: Researching the Women in Your Family Tree.”
2018 SLRC Annual Genealogy Lecture
Finding Your Female Ancestors
will be held on Saturday, March 10th, 2018
at the Maryland Historical Society, France Hall 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore, MD 21201 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Click here for registration information.
The full agenda and program description is listed below.
10:00-10:30 Refreshments, Announcements
1 – Elissa Scalise Powell: “Hiding Behind Their Skirts: Finding Women in Records”
2 – Lisa Alzo: “Silent Voices: Telling the Stories of Your Female Immigrant Ancestors”
Barbara Vines Little: “Femme Covert or Femme Sole: Women and the Law”
3:20-4:30 Q&A Session:
”Daughters, Mothers and Wives: Researching the Women in Your Family Tree”
“Hiding Behind Their Skirts: Finding Women in Records”
– Women traditionally and historically have not participated as fully as men in creating records and therefore are not as accessible to researchers. Research for our women ancestors must be done by connecting them to others in their family, social, economic and church circles. Maiden names may be discovered on the records of the women’s children, church records, and courthouse records. The trick is to ever-widen the sphere of influence and discover all possible records referring to the subject and her family. This lecture gives concrete examples of how to search for the lost women on our pedigree.
“Silent Voices: Telling the Stories of Your Female Immigrant Ancestors” – While most historical records have been created for and/or about men, making it more challenging to research and write about female ancestors, this session will demonstrate effective ways to discover your female ancestors and how to document the important roles their lives played in culture and society. Ms. Alzo will also discuss various methods for writing about your female ancestors (from short, informative biosketches or profiles to writing a complete book), along with options for publishing your family history.
“Femme Covert or Femme Sole: Women and the Law”– This lecture covers English common law and its effect on women from the colonial period through the Civil War. A woman, whether servant, slave or free, frequently lost and gained property and other rights based upon her age and marital status. In order to successfully research women, it is necessary to understand these rights and how and under what conditions they changed.
“Daughters, Mothers and Wives: Researching the Women in Your Family Tree“
– Bring your questions and brick walls related to researching female ancestors to this moderated question and answer session with our guest speakers. Don’t miss this opportunity to pick the brains of three distinguished professional genealogists with almost 85 years of combined experience.
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