I had a similar situation with finding my paternal grandmother. You
would think that finding her would be easy. I looked under her maiden
name and her married name but nothing. I posted a question to one of the
genealogy yahoo groups and it turns out after my grandfather passed
away, she actually married someone else and was listed under that name.
I was so thankful that I finally found her. I don't know if my father
ever knew she had remarried or not. My grandmother passed away in the
the 1960's and my dad passed away in 2003. Our ancestors sure know how
to make finding them a little challenging for us. lol I hope that you do
find your mother-in-law. At least your mother-in-law is alive and there
is hope that you can find her.
Think of some of her friends, neighbors, bosses, place of worship, or
co-workers that she knows or has known. Sometimes you have to think
creatively and think outside the box instead of just looking up her last
name in he genealogy websites.
If you're looking up your mother-in-law's parents and they are both
deceased, the Social Security-Freedom of Information Act might help you.
I found a lot of information using their website. I heard that it's
changed and you can't do that anymore. I'm not sure if that's true or
not. Does anyone from this group know about that? Here's the website
for it. Go to the middle of the page where it says Now Online in Red and
Purple - Make Your Request Online -
Website for application.
the computer extract of social security card application. I did once and
it was a waste of my money. The photocopy of the original application
for a social security card has more information on it.
Request for Deceased Individual's Social Security Record -
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, Jackie Martin Andrews
<jackieandrewstx@...> wrote:>> > > Hello fellow Family Historians!> > I
am stumped, very stumped.> > My estranged mother in law (living) has
left no trail of her parents history.> > We've spent hours upon days
looking for information on this woman's Mom and can only find a death
certificate. Same thing for the my mother in law's father.> Their
married name was "Smith".> > Does anyone want to shed some light on the
"smith" story. Is there a big mystery concerning the many Smith Famlies
in the world?> > I think my mother in law has hidden information from
being viewed on ancestry.com. There isn't anything we can do to
persuade her to share.> > We know my mother in law is a college
graduate> and we DO know her mother's married name, "Smith". > WE know
that Miss Smith was born in either Penn. or NY. > We know that she
married later in life.> > How can I uncover more of this mystery> >
THanks,> Jackie> > > [Non-text portions of this message have been
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