Deborah A. Carder Mayes

Deborah A. Carder Mayes

Deborah A. Carder Mayes is a professional genealogist, speaker, writer, and researcher. She writes a monthly column, Beyond the Obituaries, for The In-Depth Genealogist online magazine, is co-editor of Allen County Ancestry, the newsletter of the Allen County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society and writes a blog, Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail .She enjoys helping people with their research and teaching about genealogy through speaking and writing. You can learn more about Debbie’s genealogical pursuits and services on her website, Deborah A. Carder Mayes Genealogy & Family History and blog, Rambling Along the Ancestral Trail. You can contact Debbie on her website, leave a blog comment, or by email at [email protected]

Finding Your Female Ancestors Through Pension Files

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...

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Pension Files Reveal Family Stories

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...

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