Researching Your Female Ancestors

Researching your female ancestors can be difficult. Women can be hard to track because of the standard practice of changing their surnames after marriage. Many historical records also focus on men, with women listed only under their husbands’ names. Here is some guidance for researching female ancestors, including information about sources at the BPL and beyond that you may not have thought to check.
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Queer Fiction Blog: March 2022

Welcome to the March 2022 edition of the Queer Fiction Blog! This month our reviews include a middle grade novel in which a young boy discovers his asexuality, a teen historical fiction novel with three queer friends fighting to stay together and save a family farm, and in an adult romance novel, a corporate shark finds love with his best friend. 
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Notable Women, Notable Manuscripts: Maria Weston Chapman

In celebration of Women’s History month, this is the fourth post in a series by blogger Kim Reynolds (Curator of Manuscripts) focusing on BPL's special collections featuring notable 19th-century American women. Maria Weston Chapman (1806-1885) was a noted abolitionist, editor, writer, and activist. She was the oldest of eight children born in Weymouth, Massachusetts to…
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