Looking for sister-born before 1955 to Joe J.Maher of Iowa-Army&Railroad

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Hoping to connect. My mother was wife #5, out of 6.
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It would be easier to find if we knew your Mother's name and birth year.

This history took place in Iowa. My mother - wife #5 - was Marcia Maher, formerly Marcia Zimbeck. Marcia was adopted with her older brother Glenn when she was about 2 and her brother 5. Marcia and Glenn's parents - Donohoe - divorced. I am not sure how old Barbara Maher is, as I do not have her birthdate. I do not know which of my fathers' previous 4 wives is her mother. However my birthdate was in1957, and she was born some time before me. Our father - born 4/17/1918 and died 1/4/93 was Joseph James Maher who spent 30 years working for 18 different railroads. He died in Mapleton Iowa. Barbara's mother's name might have been Lucille. As divorce was not welcomed, and he divorced 5 women before his 6th marriage to Lois Maher, talking about the "exs'" was not encouraged.
Hello I have been going through some of my grandmother‘s papers and found a family history on Marcia Maher. There’s a wealth of information for you I was looking for a different peoples names in the family history on ancestry and when I googled I found you. You may reach out to me on my email I know that you had posted this six years ago but I hope that I can still reach you. You were actually mentioned in this paper. I believe it was written in the 60’s. My grandmother who wrote it new Marsha Maher. please contact me so I can send this to you.


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The latest census record available is 1940. 1950 will not be released for some years so wife and children after 1940 are not available. The 1940 census record for Joe J. Maher

Name:    Joe J Maher
Titles and Terms:    
Event Type:    Census
Event Date:    1940
Event Place:    Deer Creek Township, Mills, Iowa, United States
Gender:    Male
Age:    48
Marital Status:    Married
Race (Original):    White
Race:    White
Relationship to Head of Household (Original):    Head
Relationship to Head of Household:    Head
Birthplace:    Iowa
Birth Year (Estimated):    1892
Last Place of Residence:    Same House
District:    65-4
Family Number:    60
Sheet Number and Letter:    3B
Line Number:    43
Affiliate Publication Number:    T627
Affiliate Film Number:    1183
Digital Folder Number:    005461480
Image Number:    00057

Household    Role    Gender    Age    Birthplace
Joe J Maher    Head    M    48    Iowa
Alice M Maher    Wife    F    51    Iowa
Robert J Maher    Son    M    23    Iowa
Ellen Maria Maher    Daughter    F    22    Iowa
Vincent L Maher    Son    M    20    Iowa
Geraldine L Maher    Daughter    F    17    Iowa
Virginia A Maher    Daughter    F    15    Iowa
Dorothy Elaine Maher    Daughter    F    13    Iowa

Citing this Record:
"United States Census, 1940," index and images, <i>FamilySearch</i> (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KMYB-F5K : accessed 05 Nov 2014), Joe J Maher, Deer Creek Township, Mills, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 65-4, sheet 3B, family 60, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 1183, NARA digital publication of T627, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

I find this record:

U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 about Barbara J Maher

Name: Barbara J Maher
Birth Date: 21 Mar 1955
Address: 3249 Binford Ave, Rhodes, IA, 50234-9713 (1995)


Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 about Joseph James Maher

Name: Joseph James Maher
Age: 26
Birth Date: abt 1916
Marriage Date: 1 Aug 1942
Marriage Location: Rolla, Phelps, Missouri
Marriage County: Phelps
Spouse Name: Gladys N Cereceda
Spouse Age: 28
Spouse Birth Date: abt 1914


Name: Barbara J Maher
Gender: Female
Birth Date: abt 1954
Age: 34
Spouse: Harold A Wagner
State: Minnesota


Wisconsin Marriages, 1973-1997 about Barbara Joan Maher

Name: Barbara Joan Maher
Estimated Birth Year: 1956
Age: 29
Gender: F (Female)
County of Residence: Douglas
Spouse: James Curtis Porter
Spouse's Estimated Birth Year: 1963
Spouse's Age: 22
Spouse's Gender: M (Male)
Marriage Date: 4 Jan 1985
Marriage County: Douglas
Certificate Number: 000127
Microfilm Roll Number: 21


Thank you, Betty. This gives me something to go on!

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