So I posted over a week ago that I was going to give away some reading materials. I've picked the winners and I'm excited to get them their packages. I decided to pick 3 winners instead of two. Winners were randomly selected by the computer using King Sumo. The winners are .... Rosemary Rowland Gaynol Fales Marie Capaldi Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who entered and read my blog. I appreciate you!
So the real question after a month of suffrage posts is, "where do you find the records?" The answer is they can be anywhere and nowhere. I hate that answer but it's the reality of historical research. First, we are looking for a variety of records. Yes, voting registers. But also poll tax receipts. If your ancestor was a suffragist than there are records for that too in archival collections. And don't forget newspapers. They provide everything from mentions of your ancestors to social history which is so important to telling a story. Second, records are housed in all kinds of repositories including genealogy websites and archives. Start with the FamilySearch Catalog and conduct a Place search. Don't forget their Digital Library. Then go to Ancestry (or your other favorite subscription websites) and do a location search to see what records they have for your ancestor's location (For Ancestry, click on Search at the top black toolbar then All Collections then scroll to bottom and choose a place from the map). Below I've listed a few more resources to peruse. To close out Women's History Month I want to say that research is a process. Researching women requires us to look at all aspects of her life. It is a lot of work. But in the end, it allows us to truly understand her. Good luck!