Research to identify your ancestors

Friday, June 13, 2008

Brick walls...what are they?

(Note...see the very beginning of this blog for important steps on how to get started on your genealogy).

In the field of genealogy, a brick wall is when you have been searching and searching for a piece of information for a very long time for one of your ancestors. You feel very strongly that there is no other place left to look and that you are stopped in your tracks and can’t go any further…that is termed “a brick wall”.

When you feel you have come to a brick wall in your searching for a particular ancestor…do not get discouraged. Just put aside the search for that ancestor for a short while and begin your research on another family line or person. This is a common happening for a lot of genealogists.

Then as time passes, one day you’ll discover a way has been opened up and you will find the missing information for that brick wall ancestor. It happens all the time.