Re: them is still my mother's "maiden"
Maybe you Canucks are a bit more lax than the US with birth certificates, but mother's maiden name is actually still fairly difficult to find. Even knowing where my mother was married I can't find the newspaper announcement on the internet. Too much flack in the way. Oddly enough, I've never thought of it as similar to "Smith" in terms of providing anonymity but apparently some of our cousins across the pond do a very, very good job of protecting me.