I am Jane the daughter of Doreen who was the daughter of Phyllis who was the daughter of Nellie who was the Daughter of Charlotte who was the Daughter of Margaret.
I am also the daughter of Alan who was the son of Elizabeth who was the daughter of Ellen who was the daughter of Emma.
How far can you go back in your female ancestral lines? How much do you know about their families?
Most family history researchers concentrate on the male line and with good reason. The men in a family are often so much easier to trace, they were thought of as the head of families on the census, the breadwinners of the family, went to wars, won medals, but does the same not apply to the women. The answer is of course it does, but women are often only listed as mothers or wife on the documents the family historian will reach for, it can take more digging (and a lot more time) to find out about the lives of your female ancestors, but the effort is so worth while.
Our female ancestors bore the children, raised them, and told them the family stories. The looked after the old and sick, kept the family together, wrote the letters and cards and store these away with precious photos. They were the ones who knew the family secrets and who married who. They also worked outside and inside the home, my grandmother Phyllis in service, her grandmother Charlotte worked in the mills. Great great grandmother Catherine on my father’s side worked until her 80’s as a pillow lace maker, an occupation at the time which would have brought more money in to the family then her husband’s job as Agriculture labourer, she was the families bread winner. And the women worked and served in wartime, my grandmother Elizabeth was in a munitions factory, in WW2 and I remember her stories of her hiding in allotments when the zeppelins came over in the WW1. All these women and their lives deserved to be remembered and their stories preserved but so often they are the strong but invisible roots of your family tree.
I have always said that I came from a long line of strong minded determinded bunch of women, I'm proud of my female ancestors.
|Phyllis on right with her sister Irene|
|Elizabeth with my dad|
|My mum. Doreen|
If you would like to look further in to your research of your female line, an excellent book to help is 'The Female Line' by Margaret Ward.