Comments on: Ask Ancestry Anne: Finding Women Who Have Vanished Into Thin Air The official blog of Ancestry Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:19:21 +0000 hourly 1 By: Louise C Gaskins Louise C Gaskins Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:58:50 +0000 Hi, have been traveling and just downloaded the
info on missing moms. I have one for you.
My great-grandmother was born in Ireland, married
my great-grandfather in US. Have them in US census
and children. They lived in Washington DC in 1880.
I know he died in 1900, as I found the obit, and he is listed at the home of one of my Uncles by marriage. I know all of their children, names and
records from then up to now. My grandfathers obit
list her last name as McKay. No records for next
census. No one in family so far has any records on
her. The next census 1900, the daughters are living with one of the uncles and my grandfather is living at age 14 with unknowns. Take it she might have past away. Thanks for the article. Still I have my questions. Louise Gaskins (Tacky4you)

By: Jeanine Saunders Jeanine Saunders Tue, 21 May 2013 21:32:32 +0000 @ Melanie Mueller

Was your ancestor French? The French pronounce Marie as Maree. My 2nd great grandmother was generally listed as Maria Antoinette and called Mary Ann. I question the Maria as there are several named Marie in her family.

By: Judy Judy Thu, 16 May 2013 06:01:10 +0000 Some state death indexes–such as California (1940-1997) and North Carolina (1909-1975)–record the father’s surname and the mother’s maiden name on death records. For example: my mother’s California Death Index record has my grandfather’s surname and my grandmother’s maiden name. Sometimes I’ve had to check all of a person’s siblings and all their children to find such a record, but it paid off in several cases. I also found a 1916 Montana marriage license with the maiden names of the mothers of the bride *and* groom. Check any documents for unexpected information.

By: BEE BEE Sat, 11 May 2013 13:06:44 +0000 I’ve found the best way to find people is to start with the latest census, add all names of those in the family, then search for any born before the last census.
If you are lucky, someone will have an unusual name that makes it easier to search. Many times I don’t add the surname, especially if it’s an ethnic name or one that is frequently spelled incorrectly, which sometimes works better than trying to search with ? or * in place of letters – and yes, I prefer “old search”. The problem comes when the whole family uses a middle name or ethnic name is the previous census, or as in one family, the young men were all jokesters, and made up names using their initials on an early census.

By: Marie Marie Thu, 09 May 2013 20:27:08 +0000 I found a great great grandmother’s maiden name and her father’s name when he gave her a slave. It was recorded in the property transactions for the county. It stated I ..give to my daughter.. who has married with… It was just luck that I found it. Maiden names turn up in land transactions a lot in my family too.

By: Linda Rood Linda Rood Thu, 09 May 2013 00:35:52 +0000 I have several Elizabeth’s in my family tree. I have found that a lot of times a nickname shows up in the census as in Beth and/or Libby. Males often use their middle names, especially if they are named after their father. Hope this helps a little.

By: Toni Toni Tue, 07 May 2013 21:26:40 +0000 I have a great great grandmother who married, had children and died after 1860 census and before 1870 census. How in the world will I find her? The children’s birth records that I have found on line say Mary Elizabeth (married) Walker. I can’t find a marriage or a for sure death for her or her husband. Suddenly her children are living with an uncle. I have everything but the birthmark for the father’s side. I have Mary Elizabeth for the mother’s side. I looked at the entire 1860 census for a Mary or Elizabeth or Mary Elizabeth living hear him and was able to rule out every single Mary, Elizabeth and Mary Elizabeth! So I don’t even know where he met her or married her. 1800 and 1866 have been the thorns in my side for dead ends. My remaining relatives who don’t want to be found stop there.

By: Karen Karen Tue, 07 May 2013 16:12:55 +0000 I have a ggrandfather who has “vanished”. Born in 1832, immigrated in 1899 then living with son’s family in Arapahoe County, South Globeville, CO in the 1900 census. After that there is no trace. Presumably he died? But I’ve checked cemeteries, talking with sextons, had correspondence with CO Vital Records more than once – even looked for him in Canada. No luck. BUT I did find a 1920 census that I keep wondering about. His name, George Weber, appears as George Toebex in Denver, CO in what would appear as a boarding house (or institution?)
What makes me suspicious is that ALL of the residents, about 50 and counting, are “born in NS-transcribed as Nova Scotia” with mother and fathers born in the USA. How unlikely is that? Could it be that the NS really means “not stated”?

By: BEE BEE Tue, 07 May 2013 12:08:04 +0000 #20 it’s possible your mother’s SS application would have the names of her parents if she knew them, but the last time I sent in my $27 for the copy of an application, they sent me a copy of the application with the parent’s names whited out and informed me that because of new “laws”, I needed proof that the parents of a man were deceased.
If the gentleman were living, he would be 97 years old! What are the chances these people are alive!!
If I had proof his parents died, I would most likely have their names, which is the whole purpose of sending for the application!
So if you do send for a copy of your mother’s SS application, perhaps a cover letter with all the information you have might work, although I’d tell them if they won’t send a copy with the names on it, don’t cash your check as they did mine!

By: Dawn Dawn Tue, 07 May 2013 12:05:08 +0000 I would have to agree with you about getting the e-mail about “Missing a Mom”. I just lost my mother suddenly 6 months ago. I think a little more thought from the marketing team could have been put into this. I was a little upset myself as was Elizabet.