Have you ever had a relative who was a widow, and she cannot be found in the census following her husband’s death?

One possible reason for this is that she may have remarried after her “first” husband died.  So, check for a marriage record for the widow.  Keep in mind that she may have used her maiden name for her “last” name when she remarried.

Another possible reason for this is that she may have used her maiden or “first” last name in the next census.  The reason for saying either her “first” name is that if she was married previous to her late husband, she may have used her other “first” husband’s last name in the next census!

I have seen “maiden” names, “previous marriage” last names, and “new husband” last names in the next census!

Maggie

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