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The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women's Genealogy Paperback – October 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0806315829 ISBN-10: 0806315822 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company; 1st edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806315822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806315829
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 23, 2001
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The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women'sGenealogy by Christina K. Schaefer
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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 4, 2004
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In The Hidden Half Of The Family, genealogist Christina Schaefer directly addresses the very real problem of how to find genealogical records of women, whose names are often subsumed by that of their husbands and whose rights to sign a deed, devise a will, enter into contracts, and other legal acts requiring full citizenship were heavily restricted until very recently. Schaefer deftly presents a pioneering approach to the gender dilemma for genealogical researchers that focuses upon close study of where female ancestors interact with the government and the legal system in which law insists upon the absolute identification of all parties, male and female. Such a technique depends upon knowing the legal status of women in any specific point of time. Therefore The Hidden Half Of The Family features an extensive state-by-state listing of the dates of laws passed with regard to suffrage, property and inheritance, citizenship, census information, marriage and divorce, and much more. A "must-have" resource for anyone struggling with the different of tracking female genealogy, The Hidden Half Of The Family is a critically important, core addition to personal and professional Genealogical Research reference collections.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Jean Wiley on October 11, 2007
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This a great guide to help in finding women in families when doing genealogical investigations of one's backgound. This book also clues you into the rights of women during different eras. I was able to find that although African-American, some married women were buried under their maiden names. I even learned about about common-law marriages in different states.
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