|OES Chapter from Brooklin, Maine. From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega|
Of course, a female ancestor may have also have been a member of an auxiliary to a male membership organization that her husband or father was a member of. Think in terms of the Grand Army of the Republic and women who were part of the Women's Relief Corps.
Looking at groups in the community might provide ideas for possible membership organizations. Searching city directories or local histories might also be of assistance. Those membership groups you identify kept records that now may be part of an archive.
Membership records can provide information like name, date, place as well as familial relationships, death information, and more.
Consider this entry from a ledger of meeting notes from the Order of the Eastern Star of Brooklin, Maine.* It includes information about a meeting held in honor of a member. It doesn't provide a death date but it appears that the date given may have been when she was buried.
|From the collection of Gena Philibert-Ortega|
*This ledger is one a I purchased. If an archive from Maine or the OES would like it, I'd be happy to donate it.