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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2000
This book does a good job of covering the difficulty of researching a female ancestor. One is reminded of how centuries of prejudice and the treatment of women as 2nd class citizens, will impact one's research. For example, at one time if a female American citizen married a non-citizen, she lost her American citizenship. Thus to find information on her, one may need to look at citizenship applications. Well written and an easy read, with plenty of tips on how to get past the stone wall. Highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2000
I have this book, find it very helpful and amazingly easy to put into action. I would highly recommend it's use for a researcher looking for that "mystery" woman in the family.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Well-written, well-organized and enjoyable to read, this outstanding genealogical research tool provides an excellent in-depth, insightful, integrated approach to genealogical research, particularly focused on researching our female family members. It contains a good explanation of means of tracing women when their surnames have changed, and very extensive bibliographies that are exhaustively research sources on women's property rights, childbearing and women's health care.
It sets out a well-explained technique of developing, writing and preserving one's family story as an organized historical narrative, with all the information one has obtained, so that the information paints a family's portrait(s), gives meaning to facts, organizes the source materials logically, and helps to tell the family who they are, why they are the way they are, and where they came from so that the family's history is preserved. This aspect of the book provides a much needed explanation to "weekend" genealogists on how to handle and develop their research results to make sense of them and to preserve the meaning of them.
This is a thoroughly analyzed and helpful book. I have given copies of this book to several people as it responds to research needs at several levels: genealogy, women's rights and issues (property, health, probate/will), family history interests, research skills, even personal journaling and self-discovery through family discovery.
Sharon DeBartolo Carmack has an outstanding ability to teach, and I hope she will continue to expand on her collection of genealogy research books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2014
Another oldie but perfectly valid book. I'm still in the "find everyone" phrase of my research life instead of writing out historical biographies, but this is a great research tool. I'd recommend it for any genealogist's collection.
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on December 29, 2012
I loved this and much like my other reviews for the genealogy books I have been doing genealogy research for my and other families for other thirteen years so many of these books have repeat or already known info but this book offered those repeated tips and new information which was greatly appreciated.

I gave this a five also because if I had found this book when If first started it would have saved me YEARS off my research for many of my female ancestors because once you understand the system and get the tips and tricks you can really get a swing going at finding the females that seem to be "hiding"...
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on June 30, 2013
Love reading this book. It has great information and good examples. Gives you places to research that you may not have thought of.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book gave me several more routes to check for my unknown female ancestors. I liked the listing of various search methods and the reasoning to reach a particular conclusion. It was very helpful, which will help me better analyze the information that I do have. The bibliography is wonderful, it covers a lot of different ethnic groups for those of us not researching European ancestors. This is a great resource.
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