The Distaff Side: Pursuing Female Ancestors Under Trying Circumstances

Women in the nineteenth century and before were subsumed under the legal identities of the men in their lives. This makes it very difficult at times to find their families of origin.

Larry W. Cates of the High Point Public Library will provide a historical overview of women's legal status in North Carolina and share some case studies in which women's probable identities have been uncovered without the benefit of marriage records.

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