Depending upon which genealogist you ask there are either brick walls or there are not.
Sometimes you get to a “stuck place” in your research and what it’s called doesn’t really matter. There are several ways to try and get around those places, including:
- making certain you have looked at all records
- making certain you are aware of all records created in the location of interest
- looking at how someone solved a similar problem
- thinking about whether your assumptions are valid
- writing up your problem for someone else to read
- making certain you are not relying on someone else’s conclusions
- making certain that what you think you know is actually correct.
There are other approaches, but starting with this list is a good place to begin. And…it doesn’t always matter what you call it–when you are stuck, you are stuck.
Brick Wall Busters 2017 Version
This hour-long presentation (aimed at advanced beginner and intermediate researchers) focuses on research approaches to get you past “brick walls”. We will look at reasons why we have “brick walls” and how we may be making our own “brick walls.” Focus will be on problem-solving, getting past assumptions, realizing what we know versus what we think we know, and completely analyzing and understanding what we already have.
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