I was helping out on WikiTree on a family in Siskiyou County, California. I’d never heard of it. It’s at the very top of California. While researching the members of the Crawford family there, I found a connection to Michigan.
Lawrence Rufus Crawford, born 1879 in Fort Jones, Siskiyou, California, married a woman named Laura Pearl. That’s all I had for her. As is my wont, I started researching the children to see if I could find a maiden name for her. Found it…in Michigan. Lawrence and Laura’s oldest son, Lester, married in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1943 and gave his mother’s maiden name as Stainbrook. When I looked for her under her maiden name, her social security application popped up showing a new last name.
Lawrence died in 1956. Laura remarried and I found her death information listed under her new married name with her parents surnames listed as she gave in the social security application.