Midway through winter and so looking forward to an early spring. But, if an early spring fails to arrive, we all know that spring will eventually arrive at our doorstep. Dealing with genealogy, we wonder if the research will ever lead to answers. Many ask, will we ever find those elusive ancestors who seem to have disappeared into thin air? My answer is always the same, Yes. Majority of genealogy researchers state that the most difficult task with family research is removing a brick wall.
Eliminate Genealogy Brick Walls Forever
Whether you realize it or not, YOU hold the key to unlock your brick wall. Your research that contains genealogical and historical data also holds hints, clues and a compass to point you in the right direction. Even though records were burned and destroyed, even though tombstones crumbled through neglect and storms, even though natural disasters ruined documents, the answers can still be found. They may not be located in the most likely of places, but the proof is lying somewhere, waiting on discovery by you.
75% of Genealogy Brickwalls are attributed to Ancestor Migration
Families migrated to new territories for various reasons. Regardless of the reason, your main focus is to locate where they went. After checking the counties located nearby and not finding the family, you now know that the family has clearly migrated to another area. This is when history will be focused with your research. If you concentrate on the historical timeline of the last known county where the family lived, you will find clues and data that will lead you to another trail. For instance, majority of families traveled together or in a “party”. This is especially true for long distance travels. You may find a neighbor moving to Indiana in 1795 with concrete evidence. This is a clue for you to research if other neighbors left the area for Indiana as well. Eventually, this will lead you to Indiana or another region and researching your surname for land grants, census records, etc.
The definition of genealogy for me personally, is defined as the research of endless documents, data and the journey of newly discovered trails from the past. It’s the roads and the routes that lead you through the brick walls of genealogy. The trails are the most misunderstood and the most important when it pertains to proof of your ancestors. Many believe that they have to physically travel the routes in order to truly locate their ancestors. This is not true at all. When using all of the practical resources you have on hand, you can discover the majority of your ancestors without leaving your nest at all. What are these practical resources, social media, letter writing, mail correspondence, phone communications and organizational skills. Traveling can be expensive and time consuming, but I do enjoy every second of it and I make the most of my trips when I do get this opportunity. The ultimate tool you have on hand is taking, storing and organizing your notes. Taking good notes and applying them in order to eliminate certain areas of research or to focus on certain areas is vital to discovering your ancestors. Outstanding Notes and Yesterday Trails are the key to genealogy brickwalls. It’s easy to take a right turn along the way, but stay focused on your immediate research. Just as spring will surely arrive, the answers you seek regarding your ancestors will arrive as well. The notes and trails will all come together and your relative will emerge from the past. All of our ancestors left an amazing trail to follow, enjoy your journey.