At IAJGS is there a woman’s perspective on genealogy?

Since I blog for the Jewish Women’s Archive, I thought that a post about women’s perspectives on genealogy would be a no-brainer.
Then I started looking deeper into the question. I was surprised at what I found.

First, I found a majority of women but not an overwhelming majority. Perfectly consistent with the differences in free time and lifespan between the two sexes.

Second, a lot of couples do genealogy together, husband and wife traveling all over the place to search out the truth of family connections.

Third, there may be no women’s perspective on genealogy, just women’s issues that can be revealed through genealogical techniques.

So in that spirit, I went to a fascinating talk by Raphael Guber on the abuses perpetrated on immigrant women, many of them Jewish, in the late 1800s. And that talk was not recorded because of issues with his agent and publicist–a book is in the works. But it is a a fascinating story, and should be a great book.

About Onecakebaker

Author of a memoir called The Girl On the Wall, and working on a novel. Former Synagogue president, gardener, empty nester. Raising bees.
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