Spinsters and Widows: Using Women to Reconstruct Families

Shannon Green, CG
Apr 8, 2022
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Speaker's Introduction
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Why Focus on Women?
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Case Study #1
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Case Study #2
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Records Created by Women
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

We frequently bemoan the dearth of records left by women, but records left by spinsters and widows can be particularly valuable for reconstructing families when properly analyzed. Many people neglect to research spinsters (women who never married) as they have no descendants, but to whom shall they leave their estates? Extended family! Tracing widows to see who they live with can reveal previously unknown family members. See examples where women’s records have illuminated familial relationships and learn strategies to apply to your own research.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Shannon Green, CG, is a genealogy researcher, writer, and educator. She started looking into her ancestry in 2010 and has been debunking family lore, overturning famil
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  1. NS
    Nicole Sparks
    2 years ago

    What a fascinating job of picking up clues! 100% agree on the line breaks in transcriptions.

  2. WW
    W Wicks
    2 years ago

    Finally got to see this. Really great. A few more tracking trails to follow, and I look forward to seeing more of your webinars..

  3. RJ
    Rebecca Jean Corson
    2 years ago

    Thank you, I have new ways of researching my spinsters and widows. Can’t wait

  4. SG
    Sue Grable
    2 years ago

    Very exciting case study, digging deep to find answers.

  5. SG
    Stephanie Grassi
    2 years ago

    Interesting case studies

  6. RL
    Renee Larzelere
    2 years ago

    Very informative. I always like when presenters use actual case studies that they have done.

  7. LF
    Lynn Foster
    2 years ago

    Great examples showing how you sketched descendancy charts as you explored each document/case study.

  8. KH
    Karen Hansen
    2 years ago

    Excellent presentation, learned so much


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