From 2018–still good reminders.
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.