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26 February 2014

Hiding Under a Step-Parent

If your ancestor "appears" or "disappears" consider the possibility that your ancestor's father died and the mother remarried. Even if there was no official adoption the children of your ancestor could have been listed in records under the step-father's name.

And if you don't know that last name.....


  1. If mother counts as ancestor, then she proves this. She and her sister appear on the 1940 census under her step-father.

  2. This happened to me - sort of. It was a grandson and granddaughter - and I couldn't find the relation to the HOH or wife...turns out they were grandchildren from the wife's first marriage :) Found the link on a Civil War pension card for her first husband that had her 1st married name...then later with her 2nd married name :)