Websites, books and ideas for researching women in family history

New indexes, websites and library resources



The Victorian spinster & the rise of feminism, by Ed Dutton (an article in Family Tree, July 2013, pp. 52-54.

Our Ancestors threads, by Charlotte Soares (an article in Family Tree,  July 2013, pp. 62-64), an inspiring article about how women ancestors began sewing as children learning beside their mothers and then passing this craft on to daughters, friends and cousins...we should include this in our family stories, ask our family members about how sewing and quilting and knitting and crochet and much else were done in the past.


365 tips, treats and to-dos (the ultimate family tree to-do list) in Family Tree, January 2013, pp. 10-19.

History of home-making, by Margaret Powling, in Family Tree,Family Tree Magazine, January 2013, pp.42-44.  Margaret references three great books to help with research on women at home:

Davidson, Caroline, A woman's work is never done: a history of housework in the British Isles 1650-1950, Chatto & Windus, 1986.

Hardyment, Christina, From mangle to microwave: the mechanization of household work, Cambridge : Polity Press ; Oxford ; New York, NY : Basil Blackwell, 1988.

Brocket, Jane The gentle art of domesticity, STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book (August 15, 2008)

Sisterhood and after, an oral history project with stories of women involved in the Women's Liberation Movement of the 50s, 60s, and 70s....see


Women in industry, by Mary Evans, in Family Tree, April 2013.  this a fantastic articles with information, websites and ideas on many aspects of women's work such as in mining (yes, women went down the mines to work often starting as children), cottage industiries, various aspects of women's working lives, and women at war.


Scottish and Irish ancestors, see the new websites,,

How to edit diaries & notebooks, by Michael Heafford, in Family Tree, April 2013.