Maiden Names in the United States

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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:

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: