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Female Maiden Names?

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John Report 7 Apr 2013 14:26

Hi, I'm looking for tips on how to find the maiden names of female ancestors?

Actual marriage certificates would help, but that would mean searching individual Parish records. Does this have to be done physically, or is there an easier way?


John S


MarieCeleste Report 7 Apr 2013 14:44

Hi John, welcome to the boards.

What time period are you looking at? After 1911 the woman's maiden name is shown on the GRO index. Between 1837 and 1911 then you can often work it out from GRO index as long as the names aren't too common.

Before 1837 then it's parish records but, depending where, they may be on-line. Of course, there is also FamilySearch

Do you want to give us an example.


Reggie Report 8 Apr 2013 09:44




MarieCeleste Report 8 Apr 2013 13:08

Seeing as John is brand new to the site I've sent a pm with the basics of how the boards work.