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Women's History Month 2019: Lineage Society Directory

Was your female ancestor a member of a lineage society? I'm always surprised at how many have existed in the United States.  Obviously, because they are membership groups, they had need of a directory so that members could contact each other. Sometimes these directories include the whole country and not just a city or small region.

One example of a linage directory is this 1908 directory for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution available on Hathi Trust. (Below is the embedded book which you can click on to turn the pages or use the link above to see the book). 




This directory is broken up by state and includes member names, husband's first name if married, membership number, and address.



These are sources you might find online via digitized book websites, in libraries, or in archival collections.

Resources

Wikipedia - List of Hereditary and Lineage Organizations
Cyndi's List - Societies & Groups -Lineage Societies 
Hereditary Society Community List


Women's History Month 2019: More Craftspeople!

One of the benefits of blogging is that readers provide additional information that adds to our collective knowledge. Case in point, my friend Lee who is also the author of the blog, Hunting and Gathering which looks at 19th and 20th century Georgia photographers. Make sure to read her latest post, The Unknown Women in Georgia Photography




Lee read my post yesterday on the US Craftperson Index and brought to my attention that the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts also has a directory, the MESDA Craftsman Database. This database includes "over 90,000 artisans and artists practicing 127 trades in the early American South."

Lee pointed out that "I get 500 hits with their keyword term “female artisan”;  with “Mary” as a keyword results were of all kinds, and I picked out 33 women, not all of whom were a Mary!"

So I did a search on the name Elizabeth and here are a few of the results. There were a total of 85.



I couldn't resist checking out this Elizabeth who was a quilter and an indentured servant. Look at all the information listed about her!



This is amazing and it's such a  huge find for a family historian. Great example of the wonderful information out there that you might otherwise not know to search. 

Thanks Lee!

Women's History Month 2019: US Craftperson

Let's look at another  example similar to yesterday's "directory after the fact."  These historical/biographical index/directories can be great resources for researchers.

The U.S., Craftperson Files, 1600-1995 from Ancestry.com.

From Ancestry.com 


Information on the cards includes the names of craftspeople, occupation and working dates, birth and death dates, where they lived, what they made, notes about their professional lives, and bibliographical and source references. 

What a great index! The original information comes from: Card File of American Craftspeople, 1600-1995. The Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Inc. Winterthur, Delaware. This makes me wonder how many other museums have great directories they've compiled, like this one. 

This is an index which means that you need to verify everything but often the source citation can be found on the card.

Just to give you an idea of women represented in this directory. I searched on the first name "Mary" and received over 2,400 hits, Elizabeth brought nearly 2,000 hits, and Sarah 2,500. This is a great resource for women and tells us about their occupation, something we assume women of this time period didn't have. 

You can read more about the museum's collections at their website.

Women's History Month 2019: Directories After The Fact

We tend to think of directories as something that are published/created to help a specific audience find individuals. Obviously, that is one purpose of a directory. Church directories help church members contact each other outside of church. Sorority directories help sorority sisters find and stay in contact with each other.

But there are also directories created years after the fact. These directories are meant to be a historical reference to help you find individuals who had something in common. Sometimes these directories are found on index cards and other times they are published in books. They are usually the labor of love of some historian or other interested person looking to have a one-stop resource for finding everyone who shared some particular connection.




One such example is Shadowcatchers : a directory of women in California photography by Peter E. Palmquest. Over 850 women photographs prior to 1901 are chronicled with biographical information and in some cases a photo of her and her work. You can find this book in a library by searching WorldCat. It's also at the Southern California Genealogy Society Library

Make sure to conduct Place searches in catalogs you use. In this case, this particular book can be found by doing a Place search for California and a Keyword Search for Women in the FamilySearch Catalog.

Women's History Month 2019: Church Directories

If you've been thinking as you read this month's posts that your ancestor was simply not a member of any group that would have had a directory, at least search for a church directory.


Some church directories have interesting ads...from Internet Archive

Internet Archive


Church directories vary in information from providing just a name to including contact information and even photos.

Now the problem is, where do you find them? Well if they still exist you can find them in archival collections, housed in repositories that document that denomination's history, or even genealogical libraries like FamilySearch (The Catalog shows over 2,000 but not all of these will include listings of individuals) as well as digitized book websites. 

Also remember that some "church directories" are not for individual congregations and focuses instead on information about that domination. 

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At 6:41pm on May 4, 2016, Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico said…

Yup the correct word is NOT CONNECTED????  SusiCP@cox.net

At 6:40pm on May 4, 2016, Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico said…

Gena Philibert Ortega,  for some reason the system says my chat is shut off? I keep clicking to go into chat room and it says not available?

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At 10:36am on March 6, 2016, Joe said…

Hello Gena, Thanks for trying to address my email issue. When I click settings...Profile...change email, it gives me a link to click on in my new email. when I do click on it, it takes me to my page. when I re-enter my profile the old address is still there

At 6:49pm on September 15, 2011, Erin Bradford (freeaainnc) said…
Hi!  I tried emailing you about the possibility of starting a new chat, but it bounced and said your box was full.  When you have some space in your email, could you email me freeaainnc@ncalhn.org?  Thanks!
At 2:49pm on August 29, 2011, Hal Horrocks said…

Gena,

Is there nothing your not involved in?

LOL

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At 7:55am on July 14, 2011, James P. LaLone said…

Gena,

Check out Monica Diesma posting the same message to many people, I think it is spam to get in contact with people. Jim.

At 10:29pm on May 12, 2011, Lawrence Wright said…
Thanks for the comment and encouragement Gena.  This is a wonderful site.  I have to confess that I feel a bit overwhelmed.  Trying to find the right pedagogy to learn this has left me feeling like a deer looking at an oncoming car at night with bright headlights on.   Larry
At 11:16am on February 9, 2011, Ellen Healy said…
Gena, So glad to see you here again. I didn't know you had been gone until it was mentioned one night on the chat. Good news!!!
At 8:26pm on November 10, 2010, Ellen Healy said…
Hi, Gena, I really love the lists of sites you have been posting in the newsletter. They are very helpful, and I just copied the ones from todays' newsletter on military records. One question I have is do you know of any good sites where records of the Spanish-American War are listed?
At 5:31pm on October 27, 2010, Sharon Rollins Pustejovsky said…
Gena,
Thanks for the welcome! I look forward to using GenealogyWise and getting to know other users, and helping each other as much as possible.

Sincerely,
Sharon Pustejovsky
 
 
 

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