Saturday, March 09, 2013

Women' History Month 2013: The Quilt Index

Resources for Researching Your Female Ancestor, Day # 9

The Quilt Index

One of my favorite websites is the Quilt Index. You may be wondering how a quilt website can help you with your genealogy. Well this website, rather than being one that is all about making quilts, is about vintage quilts and their makers. Its database allows you to search quilts by a person’s name or a place where the quilt was made. Your female ancestor could be listed as a quilt maker or as a signature found on one of the many signature quilts in the Index. (A signature quilt is one where a community, church or  group of  friends worked together to piece a quilt and included their signatures in ink or embroidery on the front of the quilt. Sometimes community members paid to have their signature included and the finished quilt was raffled off or given to someone). 

Quilts in the Quilt Index are from collections that include the American Quilt Study Group, Daughters of the American Revolutionary Museum, and the Library of Congress. State quilt projects, state historical societies and museums represented include those from, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New England, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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