Christine K. Schaefer has written a book on the subject, “The Hidden Half of the Family: A Sourcebook for Women’s Genealogy” (Baltimore, Md., Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., reprinted 2009).
William Dollarhide also has written a helpful article, “Places for Finding a Woman’s Maiden Name: A Checklist of 90 Sources,” at http://www.genealogyblog.com/?p21263. His list includes such sources as birth records, marriage records (more than simply the marriage license), divorce records, death records, cemeteries and census records. Be sure to read the helpful comments by researchers who are included on his website.
All the mothers in a family tree are special. Take time to remember them, even if their names are still unknown.
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