Do You Have an Artificial Brick Wall?
Robyn N Smith

MAY 26, SUNDAY 3 pm

Genealogists are famous for their brick walls. However, many of the things we call “brick walls” are more likely the result of some common errors, such as relying too heavily on the Internet, not reviewing original sources and focusing too closely on only the person or couple of interest. These create what Ms. Smith calls “artificial” brick walls and in this lecture, Ms. Smith describes these errors along with others. Developing better practices and learning new skills will go a long way towards solving many of our genealogical problems.

Some of the ways to prevent artificial brick walls are:

  • Redouble your efforts to finding ancestors in the census
  • Always examine the original source
  • Analyze and correlate the records that you have found
  • Find living descendants
  • Search the “cluster” of people associated with your ancestors
  • Research all siblings in every generation


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