Ancestry's "Make Them Count" Honors Women who Fought for Right to Vote

As we approach the Centennial of the 19th Amendment ratification, invites you to Make Them Count. It is a newly added resource that gives you the opportunity to explore your personal connections to, and learn more about, the movement to grant women the right to vote.

August 26, 2020, marks the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which removed discrimination in voting “on account of sex” and ultimately granted many women the right to vote for the first time. Women in your family tree who died before 1920 likely never had the chance to vote in a national election.

Make Them Count was designed to honor the trailblazers who came before us and to recognize the importance of voter equality. Ancestry is shining a light on the many people and moments that shaped women’s suffrage and the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Ancestry hopes to elevate the stories of the generations of women who carried the torch, and to connect today’s voters with those who cast the first votes (or on some cases may not have been able to vote at all).

You can explore Make Them Count to find out if you have ancestors who played a role in the movement to give women the right to vote. A discovery can be as easy as starting with one name. For those who do not find a direct connection to the women’s suffrage movement, Ancestry’s tools show family members who lived in that time and offer a window into what life was like during this remarkable chapter of our history.

Ancestry points out that descendants of voter’s rights advocates have made powerful discoveries about their connection to the movement.

Ancestry invites you to search for your own personal links to women’s voting rights history for free by visiting throughout 2020.

Related Articles at

March is Women’s History Month

Things Your Female Ancestors Were Not Allowed to Do

Finding Those Female Ancestors

< Return To Blog

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.