Maiden Names in the United States
Introduction[edit | edit source]
One of the challenges in researching families from some European countries that immigrated to America is discovering the maiden name of a female ancestor. This can be an especially difficult challenge in records dating back in time from around 1850. There are a variety of different types of records that could be helpful. If you find yourself in the position of searching for a maiden name of an ancestor, be sure to take the time to do in depth research in the types of records suggested below.
Resources[edit | edit source]
See the following articles and books for information on United States records about finding the maiden names of your female ancestors:
- Finding Maiden Names in United States records. How to find names in United States sources. This webpage can be used with the wiki.familysearch.org
- 3 Ways to Unravel the Mysteries of Women in Your Family Tree FamilySearch Blog article.
- Schaefer, Christina Kassabian. The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women's Genealogy. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1999. FHL Book 973 D27sc.
Here are some more books that might help:
- Allen, Donna Murray, “12 Ways to Find an Ancestor’s Maiden Name, Family Chronicle,7:1 (Sept/Oct 2002);62
- Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo, A Genealogist’s guide to Discovering Your Female Ancestors (Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1998).
- Deerborn, David C., “Methods to Identify a Wife’s Maiden Name,” The Essex Genealogist, 12 (1992):3-15
- Dollarhide, William, “Identifying Female Ancestors: Some Case Histories,” Heritage Quest, 17:3 (May/June 2001):8-17.
- Hogan, Roseann R.. “Female Ancestry,” Ancestry, 12:2 (March/April 1994): 26-28.
Also see the following links:
- Top 10 Places to find Maiden Names
- Maiden Names, Tips for Finding Them In Your Genealogy Research
- Five Tips for Learning Women's Maiden Names
- Female Ancestors – Finding a Wife’s Maiden Name