Sunday, October 23, 2011

Seventeen Ways to Find a Maiden Name

  • If within the past 100 years - death certificates
  • If more than 100 years - all her children's death certificates
  • Newspaper obituaries
  • Her children's marriage certificates (the application is probably a more likely source)
  • Public Church libraries
  • Unpublished records microfilmed at branch LDS libraries
  • International Genealogical Index (IGI) on microfiche at LDS libraries
  • Divorce papers from county courthouse where filed
  • Survey of American Genealogical Periodicals indexes by Skip Perry; also state and local historical society quarterlies
  • Newspaper indexes by Anita Cheek Milner for records from burned-out courthouses and churches no longer in existence, bibliographies in book form
  • Look for wills. Write local historical societies and ask for an index check.
  • Send out queries to periodicals and quarterlies in the areas where your ancestors were.
  • Deeds and other land records
  • Sometimes a census will mention a mother-in-law.


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