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March 14, 2011

March 14 – Women’s History Month – Fearless Females

March 14   –   Newsmakers? Did you have a female ancestor who made the news? Why? Was she famous or notorious? Did she appear in the social column?

I hate to say it, but I haven’t really come across any news item concerning any of my female ancestors whatever side of the family they are on, nor any of the female ancestors of my partner Paul.

Buuuuuut, there might just be a female ancestor who could be one of mine, but at the moment I have not found a connection.  I came across her a  long time ago and made a few notes, just in case she turned out to be one of my ancestors.  Her name is Mary Read and she was a pirate!  Apparently a very famous one.  She was born towards the end of the 1600s and died before the mid-1700s, probably to do with her career as a pirate.  I have not been able to discover too much about her birth/baptism and parents so at this stage she is only a “could be related but need to check more” name for me to be aware of.

I think as a pirate she probably wouldn’t have been too nice a person, but how fascinating if I eventually find she is my ancestor and have a pirate in the family!  (Why does this make me think of Johnny Depp)?  😉

There is more information about Mary Read at the Wikipedia website.



  1. I’m so enjoying reading your blog.

    I’m giving you the “One Lovely Blog” award.

    Please visit this entry on my blog to accept your award, and see the rules for passing it on:

    Dee at Shakin’ the Family Tree

    Comment by Dee Burris Blakley — March 15, 2011 @ 12:02 am

    • Thank you so much Dee, I’m honoured and delighted that you have chosen me for this Award. I actually received the same Award a week or so ago from Aillin at Australian Genealogy Journeys and also passed it onto other great blogs. Now I shall have to get my thinking blog on to pass it on to some more. 🙂

      Kind regards,


      Comment by rootsresearcher — March 16, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

  2. I have really enjoyed reading your blog. Thank you for taking the time to post your stories! I have chosen you to receive the “One Lovely Blog” award. You may stop by my blog to see the rules that go along with accepting this award. Ginger

    Comment by Ginger Smith — March 15, 2011 @ 2:50 am

    • Hallo Ginger, Thank you so much for giving me this Award. I am very honoured and so delighted about it. You are the second to give this Award to me on the same day and a week or so ago I also received it from Aillin at Australian Genealogy Journeys! I’ll try and find a few more great blogs to pass the Award on to. Thanks again. 🙂

      Kind regards,


      Comment by rootsresearcher — March 16, 2011 @ 11:38 pm

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