Is it OK to list a wife's maiden name as "unknown?'

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in Genealogy Help by Stuart Horsfall G2G Crew (610 points)

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Yes. If you don't know the maiden name and have made an effort to find it then it is totally acceptable to create an unknown.

I know some people take pride in never creating unknowns, but there are some women who it is extremely difficult or even impossible to find their maiden names and I think their lives should be documented with profiles as well
by Janelle Weir G2G6 Mach 4 (45.4k points)
selected by Stu Bloom
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It's very unfortunate, but it does happen.  There are also situations where the maiden name is not recorded (I have seen marriage records like "James married his wife"!)
by Ros Haywood G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
And in early New England records (and perhaps elsewhere), it's very common to find a list of births with the parents names given in the form "Children of Thomas Brown and Judith his wife."
We get lots of neglected women in early Swedish records as well. Like: "Olof in SÃ¥lmyra stood bridegroom". Also christenings for "an illegitimate child of Clemet Larsson".
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Absolutely. You may have come up empty on your search for a birth name, but the clues you leave when you document what you know about her life may help someone else connect her to her birth parents.
by Stu Bloom G2G6 Mach 6 (61.0k points)

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