Saturday, August 22, 2009

Social History Saturday: The work of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

On my Kindle I am reading the Laurel Thatcher Ulrich book, Well Behaved Women Seldom Make History. I love Ulrich's writings and this book is no exception. I'm not yet done with the book, so I am not in a position to write an educated review but I did want to provide some information about Ulrich's work that help inform your research on your female ancestors.

Here is a bibliography of Ulrich's books:

Ulrich, Laurel. Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of Women in Northern New England, 1650-1750. New York, N.Y.: Knopf, 1982.

Ulrich, Laurel. A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. New York: Knopf, 1990.

Ulrich, Laurel. The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth. New York: Knopf, 2001.

She has an article in: Cott, Nancy F., and Elizabeth Hafkin Pleck. A Heritage of Her Own: Toward a New Social History of American Women. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1979.

Her article is entitled: Vertuous women found: New England ministerial literature, 1668-1735/ Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.

Ulrich's work provides readers wtih insights about the lives of our female ancestors.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich has a great website that is very helpful in learning more about historical research. DoHistory, The site's purpose is to, "piece together the past from the fragments that have survived." By using the example of Martha Ballard, a 19th century midwife, Ulrich takes you through ideas about how to reconstruct the lives of your ancestors.

Click on the link "On Your Own" at the bottom of the website. Then check out the History Toolkit.

Tutorials include: How to read 18th Century Handwriting, What to with a Diary you've Found, How to Read Probate Records, How to Search Deeds, and How to Read a Graveyard.

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