PECK of TAITA
bravo. I'm in no way a "Feminist" but it has been the work of three different women in my family that has encouraged me to study my family's genealogies. What a great tribute to Eliza. I hope your post inspires others to dig into their archives for gems like this. I know I am inspired by your post.
Re Invisible women ancestors.
I only popped into the office to check my emails during a respite with the housework. I am now keen to get back into the computer and check out your suggestions and links to the site on how to trace a first name ancester with just the birthdate and death date. This particular person has been of interest to me since 1980 and has caused me no end of frustration because of a lack of detail - especially without a maiden name.
The article of Invisible Women Ancesters 10/10 I was intrigued and wanted to find out more. Although originally from Kent England we emigrated to Blenheim (near Nelson) and the Marlborough sounds so your article on the Roil and Jackson families was also a superb article.
Julie Penfold - Taranaki NZ 27/8
The word "feminist" has gotten a bad rap....We should all protect the genealogy of the WOMEN in our families just as much as the men's. My husband and I had done some research in Great Britain in the 70's and a researcher had phoned me, asking if he could use some of my data in a book he was writing. I told him, "Of course". Then he told me that "All he wanted was the MEN'S data, because the book was only going to list the MEN of that line, NOT the WOMEN!" I was silent, speechless in fact. When I caught my breath, I asked what genealogist would BUY a book which only had HALF the story? He then stammered that it was due to the PUBLISHER, who was setting limits on his space and there simply wasn't ROOM for the women's data. I asked him if he realized how offensive that sounded to someone who had spent the last 30 years researching mostly her HUSBAND's lines, and because I had SURRENDERED my own name, I had GIVEN up that privilege of carrying on my own family name. He sputtered, but I told him he did NOT have permission to use my data in his book after all, because it would not contain women, and I still feel that way. If that makes me a feminist, then so be it.
true FEMINISM (not to be confused with sexism) is a collection of movements and ideologies aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women
A feminist is a supporter of equal rights for women
HOWEVER, on a genealogist's point of view it has made research life easier that women take the man's name after marriage :)
I always knew growing up that women were still put last.This Eliza Jackson was an amazing woman to have14children!Just think bath time was a circus.We probably though have been fortunate to be able to vote.Being a woman then was very laborious and physical demanding.Hats off to Eliza Jackson
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