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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Technology is a two-edged sword for women's history

Online indexes are a boon to family historians. But keep in mind that the complex familial relationships affecting women’s lives can be obscured by the attention given to main names (mostly male), public organisations (which ignore women) and the algorithms used by online technology that tend toward that which is visible and easy to access.

And the missing names, the misspelt names, and data about individuals that is not recorded is still not there in the index and/or the digitised record and its up to you as the researcher to go that extra mile and do additional research to find it. 

I love this photograph of a very happy bride Eunice Kathleen Johnson 1950.  

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