- Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company; 1st edition (October 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806315822
- ISBN-13: 978-0806315829
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women's Genealogy 1st Edition
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Meeting with new genealogyresearchers is always fun. Almost to a person, beginners think only oftracing their paternal line, completely forgetting that the women inthe family played an all important role in one's heritage. Perhapsthese "newbies" just give up because of the seeminglydifficult task of tracing women, whose names change at marriage. Moreexperienced researchers encounter laws of the land giving a husbandhis wife's inheritance from her family, further compounding theissue.
Christina K. Schaefer's The Hidden Half of the Family cutsthrough the confusion providing well-organized listings by state ofthe resources one should consult when researching the female side ofthe pedigree chart. For instance, under Vermont, pp247-249 one findsthe following information:
-- Important dates in Vermont statehistory
-- Marriage & Divorce
-- 1779 first divorce lawenacted
-- 1798 a divorce may be granted on the grounds ofimpotence, adultery, intolerable cruelty, or three years' willfuldesertion or absence with presumption of death.
-- 1902 marriagecertificates must be recorded by the town clerk. 1906 town paupers arenot allowed to marry without consent of the selectman or overseer ofthe poor.
- Where to find Marriage & Divorce Records"Marriages have been recorded in the earliest town records sinceabout 1760. State registration began in 1896. The town records havebeen filmed and are available through the FHL (Family History Library)and at the Vermont Public Records Division in Montpelier.Read more ›
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Such a treat to receive a used book in such great condition, plus it's already underlined by previous owner in the states that I'm researching. Read morePublished 15 months ago by carol e hughes
A comprehensive source for understanding how laws, traditions and customs impacted womens lives through the years. Read morePublished on December 26, 2008 by J. Gemmrig