Finding Maiden Names
Finding Maiden Names of Women in the family can be difficult, here are some places to check:



1.             Marriage records (license, certificate, announcements, banns, bonds, divorce records, civil registration)

2.             Cemeteries (burial records, tombstone, adjacent plots)

3.             Census Records (federal, state) read carefully anyone in house

4.             Land records (deed transfer) possible in family sale

5.             Church records (membership, christening)

6.             Probate records and wills

7.             Newspapers (check Mrs. ‘Husband name’)

8.             Birth and death records (for her and all her children)

9.             Military records (pension files)

10.          Naming patterns (sometimes son has her maiden name for middle name)



From Ancestry.com