5 Brick Wall Solutions For Hard to Find Family

Author: Kitty Cooper

Well, you’ve got worked nearly a year or additional on your family history and now you think that you are at a complete loss and can’t proceed any further. You have hit that famous ‘Brick Wall” in genealogy. That brick wall might be in reference to at least one individual or a full branch for which you have no documented information. But, by using the following five ideas; you may very presumably have a significant breakthrough in that ‘wall’.

First issue is to prepare what information you’ve got whether or not you have done that every one along. Many times simply going over names, dates, locations, stories and photos again while you categorize them into notebooks or on a family tree database can flip on a light-weight bulb of a affiliation or a tie-in to another relative you haven’t thought-about earlier.

Second, consider researching siblings inside that difficult branch. Your great grandfather could have had a rather common given name like John, but his brother could have had an uncommon given name, like Rufus. Additionally the siblings could are a lot of accomplished or noteworthy, so possibly easier to locate. In addition, by checking nice grandfather’s cousins if known and his in-laws might offer further clues.

Third, be certain there’s accurate info on the individual and that it comes from as several numerous sources as possible. For instance, you believe an ancestor was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Did every census record you find confirm that? On their death certificate and obituary was the same birth location written? Were any youngsters born in the same location or a place nearby?
If the ancestor’s oldsters immigrated to the United States, where did they first settle? Was it close to where you thought your ancestor was born? Located that parent’s naturalization papers, it will list any children and where they were born. Acquire a copy of the ancestor’s social security application (form SS-five), if they lived when 1936, and compare the birth place. By verifying just one item sort of a birth place may lead you on the right ancestral path.

Fourth, one of the largest hindrances will be the varied spellings for surnames and given names. Especially the additional back in time you analysis the less seemingly an ancestor was literate, so the spelling of a reputation would are based mostly on how a clerk thought the name ought to have been written. But, even our ancestors chose to spell and / or pronounce their name differently over the years. Using the Soundex for surnames will be very helpful.
The Soundex is an index of sound codes for names, initial utilized in the 1930s. The index groups a reputation with similar sounds. Each code is a series of a letter then three numbers with the letter representing the start letter of the surname (example: K620). The 3 numbers signify the consonants within the name, never the vowels or ‘H’, and ‘W’. Most databases will permit you to mark if you wish the Soundex used when trying for a surname. Conjointly mess around with the spelling of a reputation, might there are 2 ‘f’s’ in the spelling, or was the ending ‘sen’ instead of ‘son’?

Fifth idea, be flexible in your date search. Generally you’ve got the concept that your grandmother was born in Might 1898 and you merely sought for records with that month and year. Remember, as your grandmother got a very little older she may have simply given a completely different birth month and year, particularly on census records.
If her parents had married in February 1898, she might not need it referred to as the primary child, she was born only 3 months later. Not simply the women, men have modified their ages conjointly, particularly on marriage applications, making themselves younger or older. So invariably move that scale of a birth year several years either manner when researching an ancestor. Plus the birth month could are altered for legitimacy purposes, therefore also regulate the search of months.

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About the Author

Kitty Cooper been writing articles online for nearly 2 years now. Not only does this author specialize in genealogy family trees ,you can also check out his latest website about: Delonghi Heaters For Sale Which reviews and lists the best delonghi portable heaters

Society Meeting Schedule Tomorrow (Jan. 17)

Wood County (Tx) Genealogical Society Calendar
Monday, January 17

5:00pm — Eating meeting at Peralta’s Mexican Restaurant in Quitman
6:00pm — Pre-meeting helping with genealogy research at the Quitman Public Library
7:00pm — Regular monthly meeting at the Quitman Public Library

County Native Learned It Here

Quitman and Wood County’s Sissy Spacek “says she learned all the truths that are most important to her before she left that little town in Texas,” according to an article in USA Today. The story is about the book which she has written which is to be published in Spring 2012. It will include “non-fiction short stories” about events in her life including those during her early years in Quitman.

From the Editor: Membership Musings

Those of you who have known me for very long know that I am dedicated to the idea of improving and growing membership in local genealogical societies. In that vein, I am strongly suggesting that anyone who has such interest take a look at Amy Coffin’s latest blog post The We Tree Genealogy Blog. This entry is titled “Genealogy Society Memberships: What Makes You Join?”

She tells why she rejoined some and did not rejoin some others. Her reasons and the comments others have posted to her blog make for some thought-provoking reading. Of course, Amy always makes for thought-provoking reading.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2010. That’s about 26 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 164 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 207 posts. There were 55 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 5mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 8th with 139 views. The most popular post that day was Quitman – Local History and Genealogy.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were txgenweb2.org, mail.yahoo.com, en.wordpress.com, quitmanlibrary.org, and search.aol.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for wood county democrat newspaper, wood county genealogical society, wood county texas genealogy, wood county texas, and wood county texas historical society.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Quitman – Local History and Genealogy June 2009


Quitman – Democrat Newspaper Microfilm January 2010


Wood County Links August 2009
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Queries September 2009

2010-11 Membership Fee Deadline January 30

The yearly membership fees were due and payable in September of this year (2010). If you have overlooked this please mail a check or money order to: Treasurer, Wood County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 832, Quitman, Texas 75783 to arrive no later than January 30, 2011.

Article II of the bylaws reads: Section 2 — Term of Membership. Dues are for the fiscal year September 1 to August 31 of any calendar year.

  • a. The dues of members shall become payable from the beginning of September for the fiscal year beginning September 1. A member who fails to pay his dues by January 30 of the following fiscal year shall be dropped for non-payment of dues.
  • Current members who are receiving newsletters will receive the December newsletter, but those who have not paid membership fees by January 30, 2011 will receive no additional newsletters. The password to the members-only page where newsletters and other information is posted for members will be changed February 1, 2011 and shared only with members who have paid 2010-2011 members fees by that date.


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