Consider Name Changes
You also need to consider whether your ancestor has actually used the name you have been searching for. If a 20-year-old woman appears in 1891 but you can’t find her in 1901 it may seem obvious that she has got married and taken her husband’s name. However, it may not seem so obvious that a widow in her 50s or even 60s may have done the same thing. Often in those situations we may find ourselves looking for a death, when in fact we should be looking for a marriage. Illegitimate children, stepchildren and orphans also have a habit of adopting different names at different times.
Did a woman in your family marry late in life?