26 September 2013

Do You Have an Artificial Brick Wall?

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This is the title of a post by Robyn on Reclaiming Kin. 

We talk a lot about breaking down brick walls!  Most, if not all of us, have at one time or another run into something we considered a “brick wall.”

And, Robyn makes us consider ...

My friend Aaron calls them artificial. They can also be called self-imposed brick walls. We say this to mean we have labeled something a brick wall that really isn’t a brick wall. We call them that even though we haven’t done our due diligence in terms of careful research.

Is this true for you?  Did you maybe give up sooner than you needed to?  We have probably all done this at one time or another.  How often have you been stumped by something, put it aside for a few weeks, months, or years and then come back to it to find that the “proverbial” light bulb goes off and you’ve either solved your “brick wall” with information you had in your possession or you now have a whole bunch of new research ideas to explore.

Or, how often have you just persevered, researched more, learned more and then a “new-to-you” resource provides the answer?

What “artificial” brick walls have you constructed as a part of your genealogical journey?

How did you deconstruct that “artificial” brick wall(s)?

Some other recent perspectives on genealogy and brick walls can be found:
·    New Thoughts on “Brick Walls” by Russ Worthington
·    Smashing Brick Wills by Diane L Richard (Upfront with NGS) 

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