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Tracing your female ancestors. — 5 Comments

  1. An informative blog, Pauline. Non-genealogists would possibly not realise just how much society has shifted in the reporting of females over the last century. Without sounding sexist, at last women are now referred to by their correct names and possibly this ties in with the growing swell of equality over this period.

  2. I agree with you Bobbie. As a follow-up to the stats in the post, I decided to try and put full names to each of the women in my family history program who were only recorded by their first name. I have so far managed to potentially identify about half of them, by cross-checking census records with GRO birth and marriage registration records and parish baptism and marriage records; the non-conformist church records are much more informative. I do now have the challenge of discovering who their mothers were, but as the majority are not in my direct line, I’m not sure how far back I will go. An ongoing task.

  3. Thanks Pauline, This information will help me to reconstruct the lives of the women on the maternal side of my family. Yesterday when I was researching British newspapers, etc I discovered that there was an Irish female ancestor (my paternal family) who was into the Suffragette movement as were numerous other women back then. Makes for interesting reading.

  4. Great blog post Pauline. It still amazes me, how women from the past, seemingly appear to be so overlooked in many records.

    I was transcribing a will yesterday, and within that:

    7. House I give her all these for her natural life and I give her
    8. Twenty five pound a year She giving up her Marriage Settlement
    9. to be paid her by my Exe[c]tutor every half year during her Life

    Your post actually made me wonder, what does “giving up her Marriage Settlement” actually mean.
    I presume she came into the marriage with land or money, but gave that to her husband upon marriage.

    I googled it, this perhaps explains something towards the meaning in a small way.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marriage_settlement_(England)

    • Hi Robyn, Yes, I think she would have brought some land or money or other assets into the marriage and these were given over to the husband. He seems to be compensating her for that by giving her an annuity and a house to live in.