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Unraveling the Mysteries of Your Female Ancestor

  • 17 Sep 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • GoTo Meeting

Presented by Mary Risseeuw, sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society.
a virtual program from the comfort of your desk.

Women throughout U.S. history have ‘lost their identity’ by taking their husbands name when they married. Prior to the 20th century, most historical records were written about and for men. This lecture will help you identify the varieties of source material that can help you break through that brick wall. You will also learn the many reasons why women are harder to trace and how legal and social status affected this. In examining lesser used sources – including ephemera such as letters and diaries – you can unlock your female ancestor’s identity.

About the Speaker:
Mary Risseeuw is a genealogist, historian, writer and lecturer. She has researched 19th & 20th century Dutch immigration to Wisconsin for over 30 years and has published and lectured throughout the U.S. and the Netherlands. She serves on the Board of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies and hosted their 2011 conference in WI. She also organized and hosted the Dutch in Wisconsin Conference in 2008; the first Dutch studies conference to focus solely on Dutch immigration to Wisconsin. She has a B.S. from UW-Madison and M.A. & M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University.

MGS Members $30, Non -Members $40


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