I do not like these phrases “brick wall”. They make you consider banging your head in opposition to a tough floor till you’re a bloody mess. Once I began studying family tree and researching, I used to be on the lookout for two ancestors, an uncle who proved to be a nasty man and my grandmother. Forty years later I’m nonetheless on the lookout for these two. I assume you’d say they’re my brick partitions.
Dusty outdated paperwork solely reveal exhausting info. To place some coloration into your loved ones tree, you want juicy bits of folklore. Each little bit of analysis and truth will lead you additional in your quest. Faith, occupation, golf equipment joined, journeys taken, areas occupied, faculties attended, all these will assist you to hint your loved ones.
I suppose all genealogists run into that brick wall. Ladies ancestors are notoriously exhausting to seek out as they modify their names and generally change their age or no matter else they fancy on the time. I discovered my grandmother at her wedding ceremony as I’ve that certificates. The issue is that her dad and mom have frequent names of which there are 1000’s. I could by no means discover my nice grandparents. That could be a massive chunk out of the household tree.
Some instances it helps to evaluation all the data you’ve on that elusive particular person and all your loved ones members. Preserve all papers filed in labeled folders. You might have filed an essential doc away in your brick wall. Wow, what a eureka second when you discovered that one doc that proved who he was.
Be persistent and methodical in your search. Good genealogists are continuously studying about new paperwork and attainable web pages that may assist them. Hundreds extra data go browsing day by day. Make certain you doc all of your sources even when they’re simply conversations between household.
After a time you should have examined all attainable sources and even taken a analysis journey to Salt Lake or your ancestral residence. That is once you smash into that brick wall. By no means quit. You by no means know what little tip or contact with others will crack that wall.