I just watched Christa Cowan's video on You Tube about Finding the Maiden Names of Women in Your Family Tree, a 20 minute video and well worth watching. This is the 10 things she says to look in when searching for those maiden names.
1. Marriage Records: (license, certificates, announcements, banns, bonds, divorce records)
2.Cemeteries: (burial records, tombstones, adjacent plots with other name in it)
3.Census: (Federal and State)
4. Land Records: (deeds and transfers within the families)
5.Church Records: (memberships, christenings, and surnames)
6. Probate Records & Wills
7. Newspapers: (Her words, "better than FB", articles that list Mr. & Mrs. that give names of in laws and such)
8. Birth & Death Records: (look for her name and all of her children)
9. Military Records: (widow's pension's sometimes gives her maiden name if she has to give an affidavit because she has no marriage record) Let me add that I have personally found some great info in Revolutionary War Files where the widow gives not only her maiden name but the marriage dates, marriage place and sometimes even a brothers's name.
10. Naming Patterns: (son's are sometimes given the mother's maiden name, or given a neighbors name or maybe named after the Dr.)
Here's the link for her video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv6BQ1vsRng...