A woman's maiden name can usually be found on any of the documents listed below. If you have the minimum information required to find one of these documents, select the name of that document. The items in the list are ordered from most to least important. If you do not have the minimum information required, read the paragraph below this list.
To find a woman's maiden name on a marriage certificate, you must at least know the full name of the groom, the first name of the bride, the approximate date of the marriage, and the state or county of the marriage, depending on when the marriage took place.
To find a woman's maiden name in church marriage, baptism, or christening records, you must at least know the individual's name, and either the name of the church where the ceremony was performed or the name of the clergyman that appears on the certificate.
To find a woman's maiden name in a wedding announcement or obituary, you must at least know the approximate date of the event, the name of groom for wedding announcements or the full name of the deceased for obituaries, and the state and city or town where the event took place (or where the announcement or obituary was likely to have been published).
To find a woman's maiden name in Bible records that are no longer in the family's possession, you must at least know the woman's full married name, as well as the state and county in which she lived.
To find an woman's maiden name in a military pension record, you must at least know the veteran's name, the branch of service, such as Army, Navy, or Marine Corps, the state from which the veteran entered the service, and the war in which the veteran served. If the period of service was after 1916, you must also know entry and release dates, military ID number, Social Security number, whether an officer or enlisted, and date of birth.
To find a woman's maiden name in probate records, you must at least know the woman's full name at time of death, the approximate date of her death, and the county or town in which she lived at the time of her death.
For a description of any of the records listed above, see the topic Genealogy dictionary.
To get help finding the minimum information required to locate any of the records listed above, select one of the following items:
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