As the researcher continues their attempt of finding their ancestors, one problem may arise. Many times the researcher runs into what genealogists call “brick walls.” Jeanne Lund of Belaugh Research Services defines a brick wall as a dead-end that a researcher has reached in their genealogy. Lund has written an article of what to do when reaching a brick wall.
Lund first recommendation is to double-check the research. Lund also recommends that a researcher should go back through everything accumulated in the search. The second activity is to make sure to recheck all records. The third suggestion is to make sure any transcription is correct, as well as the information in the research records is correct. Many times, there is an error on a record and this throws off the sequence of events or other research concerns (Lund).
The fourth thing according to Lund, is to sort through available resources one by one. Lund suggests that a researcher check to see if there are records for the time period when the ancestor was alive. Sometimes the records in question are not available. Fire, theft, and ravages of time are some reasons the records are lost forever.
Lund suggests the fifth item is to let others look over your research. Other researchers who do not feel an attachment to the original research can easily find mistakes or discrepancies. The sixth activity a researcher should become involved in is networking with other researchers who are researching the same families and ancestor (Lund).
Lund, Jeanne. “Brick Wall Research.” Genealogypro.com. 2002. GenealogyPro. 1 April 2012