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    Did you know? - Mother's Maiden name MMN

    There are people that are new to family tree research, and there are now so many records out there it is easy to forget everything that is out there.

    I thought it would be nice to start a few posts to remind everyone or let people know some great research tools.

    Mother's maiden name is a good way to find all the children of a family. Once you have found one child and the mothers maiden name you can add this to search fields to narrow down to those only with the same mother. Don't forget the spellings may change, so check for alternative spellings, by selecting/de-selecting exact match/sounds like etc.

    You can use the GRO. - you must create an account (free) and then you can search.
    The search will only let you extend over 2 years either side of the year you have chosen, so can be quite laborious. The index of the MMN do not go beyond 1919

    Or you can use FindmyPast, you don't need to have a subscription to search
    This will give you a much wider search year - so often a better place to start, and then once pinpointed the years and names you can go back to GRO.

    some notes here from a while back, although the site looks a bit different.


    This has a field for the MMN

    I am sure there are more search/hints people can add, on the use of MMN

    Family Tree site

    Researching: Luggs, Freeman - Cornwall; Dayman, Hobbs, Heard - Devon; Wilson, Miles - Northants; Brett, Everett, Clark, Allum - Herts/Essex
    Also interested in Proctor, Woodruff

    If you have ancestors in Lancashire you can also search Lancashire BMD with a mother's maiden name and it may also give you the sub district, some of mine are registered in Burnley on the GRO but Lancashire BMD has revealed that Colne is the sub district which has helped me to distinguish my Trawden ancestors when there are births with the same name and the same quarter for Burnley.


      GRO have added 1984-2004. I don't know why they skipped 1920-1983.