“Don’t Forget the Ladies – A Genealogists Guide to Women & the Law” – May 11, 2022 – Free Genealogy Program

In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren’t there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. The common law relegated women to “protected” – second-class – status, and understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.

The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who provides expert guidance through the murky territory where law and family history intersect. An internationally-known lecturer and award-winning writer, she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠ from the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. Her blog is at https://www.legalgenealogist.com.

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1 comment so far

  1. Keith Nuttle on

    That women were hidden in the world is a common accepted fact. This is not the way it was especially when it came to selling their property. . Their status can be found in any deed as it has what I have always considered the “If momma ain’t happy clause” In this clause is a statement placed in the deed that says that the man’s wife was asked if she agreed the property should be sold. In some deeds it says the wife agreed to the sale. In others it say the wife was taken into an other room and asked the question out of hearing of her husband.

    From my research this was part of English common law that formed the basis of our legal system and existed in England long before 1776.

    I have seen it in deeds from the early 1800, and in many of the states east of the Mississippi.

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