The Wives of Fishermen: The Lives of 19th Century Women and the Records They Left Behind

Gena Philibert-Ortega
Jul 30, 2021
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Research Differences
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Maritime Museums
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Archival Collections
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Genealogical Records
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Wills and Probate
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Court Records
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Town Records
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Published Sources
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About this webinar

The women of Nantucket are unique. They were “grass widows” who were left to fend for themselves for often years at a time. This situation meant that these women were so much more than “just a housewife.” Using a case study we will take a look at their lives and the records they left behind as well as what 19th century records might record your female ancestor’s life.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Gena Philibert-Ortega is an author, researcher, and instructor whose focus is genealogy, social and women’s history. She holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Women’s Studies) and a Master’s degree in Rel
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