With so many of these popping up in my genealogy research I've finally devised a plan of attack on figuring out just who these Mrs. John Doe's really are.
First thing I check is to see if the other parent - has an obit and if so, how is the Mrs. John Doe named there? A few times I was able to end the search right there. Most of the time I was not so lucky. Depending on who else is listed in the obituary itself, sometimes you can look for clues there. If not, here's some tips on trying to figure out the identity of Mrs. John Doe.
- Other parents obituary
- Siblings obituaries
- Census records - only if in correct time frame
- City directories - often spouses are listed as well as primary resident
- Published Thank You note in newspaper
- Ancestry - don't forget that this must be followed up on & proven by you!
I'd love to hear your "sources" for finding Mrs. John Doe... share them in my comments section - I don't respond to them all, but I do read them!