March is Women’s History Month. Last month, I talked about finding ancestors and family stories in military pension files. What I didn’t mention is that pension files are a great place to find our female ancestors. I did tell that I didn’t know who my great, great grandmother was until I obtained my great, great grandfather, John Malin Carder’s Civil War pension files. In those files, I learned that John had been married three times. First, to Elizabeth Steen and then to Caroline [...]
Names and dates are the core of our family history research but no one wants just lists of names and dates. What we really want is to take those names and breathe some life into them. We want real people to go with those names. So, how do we do that?
To start, we talk to our living family members and ask what they know about the name we are trying to bring to life. Sometimes, the stories passed to us by other family members were newsworthy enough to [...]