One of the stumbling blocks for family historians is researching before 1850 when the US census is limited to only the names of the head of household. Compounded by laws that affected women, such as coverture, and those female ancestors can be fairly invisible to the researcher. So how do you research your female ancestor? What records document their lives? Using case studies, we will take a look at how to approach this research and what records are available so you can be successful in finding your female ancestors.