Female ancestors are notoriously difficult to find. Once they get married, and you don’t know the family they married into, they disappear into the ether.
Was the maiden name given or a marriage certificate her correct maiden name – or a married name from a previous marriage?
Have you only searched under her full or formal first name? Or did you search using the popular nicknames/diminutive forms of the day (Mary/Molly, Sarah/Sally, etc?)
Were you looking in the correct County during the time she lived (remember, State and County boundaries changed…and changed often!)?
In this episode, we discuss – and give plenty of tips – on how to find those hard to find female ancestors
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