While many of us know the last names of the men in our family, and therefore know what their wives’ married names are, tracing the maiden names of female family members can be a bit tricky. Most of us probably don’t know the maiden names of our grandmothers, let alone our great grandmothers and their ancestors.
Finding the maiden names of the women in our tree is one obstacle that needs to be overcome. Often they are cloaked with their husbands names, like Mrs. John Williams or Mrs. A. Smith. Even after the husband dies, you may see them listed as Widow Williams. But there is hope. Here are some sources that can reveal that elusive maiden name.
Tracing our female ancestors can be challenging, but tools like online databases and every-name indexes to census records make it easier than ever to learn more about the heroines in our family tree.
I dont have problems with finding maiden names yet, but good information.My guestion is while doing a search on ancestry with the persons maiden name nothing shows up in the hints except the married surname.The only way to do a search with the maiden name is on the home page.Any suggestions? Searching anymore is becoming very trying.
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Depending on your family, it may be easier to trace your family back based on the male members of the family, but it may be just as interesting to try to search back into your family members through the women in the family if you have a place to start.