There have been times that I have gotten so excited seeing a middle initial in the wife’s name in a census record.  And then, I remember that the initial may be the initial for her maiden name, or it may be stand for her middle name.  Oh, if it would always be the initial of her maiden name!  Then, it would be a great clue.

I have seen an initial of a woman’s maiden name and also the initial of her middle name.  Of course, her middle name initial may give a clue to her mother’s maiden name.  Or, it may not.  Maybe her parents just liked the name!