Sometimes women hid themselves well! Let’s turn to the records of the textile arts. Our women ancestors were, for the most part, practical, so the textile arts were perfect for them, although at the time most of them didn’t think of themselves as creating art. Did you have an ancestress who was a lace maker, spinner, yarn preparer, winder, or mill worker? We will explore some of the records left behind in their homes, companies, training schools, and more.
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C. Ann Staley, CG®, CGLSM, is an educator, consultant, and lecturer. She is the Membership Chair for the Genealogical Speakers Guild; on the faculty of the International Institute for Genealogical Studies; and is a volunteer of the National Genealogical Society and the Florida State Genealogical Society. She has served previously on the Board of the Association of Professional Genealogists and as the Education Chairman for the Jacksonville [FL] Genealogical Society, Inc. Ann is the compiler of the Jacksonville Genealogical Society, Inc. Quarterly Full Name Index, Volumes 1 through 4,1973 through 1976, author of articles for the NGS Magazine, author of Researching American Court Records, and the co-author of the NGS Research in the States Series: Florida. Ann has been researching her family from Alabama, Mississippi, Indiana, and Virginia to France, England, and Germany. Her specialties are methodology, vital records and their sources, computer research resources, and conference planning. Website: https://cannstaley.com/