Con­sider Name Changes

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - CENSUS TIPS -

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?

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