But sometimes that maiden name is just hard to find! Especially the further back you go in time.
William Dollaride wrote a wonderful article about finding the maiden name for your women ancestors on the GenealogyBlog. In the article, he has a pretty thorough list of places you might find reference to her maiden name. He broke it down into categories: Birth Records, Marriage Records, Divorce Records, Death Records, Census Records, Cemeteries, Major Databases, Vital Records & Indexes, Bible Records, Probate Records, Church Records, Medical Records, and a long list under Miscellaneous. Some examples include:
- Finding a brother-in-law or mother-in-law on a census
- Delayed birth records or Corrected birth records
- Announcement of marriage in newspaper
- Church marriage records
- Deed records
- Pension records
Check out his article here to see the complete list. It's a keeper to have on hand while you are researching or preparing your next research plan!
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