Researching the lives of women can be a challenge. Information on significant figures is relatively available, but for the genealogist, researching women who lived more ordinary lives can be a challenge. genealogist Marian Henry will tackle the problem of researching female ancestors in the program “Finding the Ladies” at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, at the Geneva Historical Society.
Prior to the 20th century, a woman left few records in her own right and the researcher must trace her through her male relatives. Records may refer to her only by first name or “wife.” In this talk Henry will consider 10 ways to uncover a woman's surname. Please call 789-5151 to register. A fee of $2 is payable at the door.
Henry holds a Ph.D. in chemistry and worked at Eastman Kodak for over 20 years. Currently she serves a historian/genealogist for the Rochester Genealogy Society and president of the Kodak Genealogy Society. She writes a monthly column on New York State genealogy for the Web site of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and has recently been appointed to the Advisory Council of that organization.
The Geneva Historical Society Museum is located in the Prouty-Chew House at 543 South Main Street, Geneva, NY. The Geneva Historical Society receives major funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the New York Council for the Humanities and the Town and City of Geneva.