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There are times when we could all use a little help with our family history. Join Crista as she explains the best ways to share your research challenges to generate ideas for what to do next to break through those brick walls.

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Genealogy Brainstorming: I’m Stuck. Now What? | Ancestry


Bobs Youruncle says:

One thing I have found is that you have to remember certain addresses and certain surnames. I have found much information just because a Surname or address comes up either in Ancestry or even on TV that I recognize. This would clue me into people on my tree. I once was looking for someones death certificate and happened to recognize an address in Philadelphia that happened to my Grand Parents old address. The person who died and happened to be living there was my Granduncle, who had been a brick wall for years. My Grandfather had died long ago and my Grandmother had move to New York and remarried years before. Apparently she had given the house to my Granduncle.
Another time, I was watching a TV show, Who Do You Think You Are?' about Cortney Cox, the actress. Turns out, the people they started her tree with were also related to my son-in-law and I remembered the names. I ended up with a tree branch for him back to William the Conqueror and further using Google.
If you are going to start a Family Tree, you have to keep at it and use logic before you accept information you're given. Remember they're Hints not Gospel.

Linda Golley says:

I wish someone would help me on my brick wall.

LukeW1090 says:

Love the story at the beginning! You may know your family best, but the genealogy experts know how to find the unknown better than you! Listen to them!

Constanza says:

I have one big problem very early on my tree. I can't find my great great grandmother born, married and deceased in Italy. I have the husband name, birth record and death record. I have the children records. But there's no indication of where to look for marriage record for her or birthday record for her. Also I have no one to ask about death certificate. I get a big asumption: there's only one family with the same last name of her on the village she lived. And one of her grandchild has as godfather one person with the same last name. So… I assume the same father for the godfather and de grandmother of that child. I have a lot of doubts of doing so.

pravoslavnik says:

Another sterling presentation by Crista, the world's most effective presenter on Ancestry topics. Love your enthusiasm and your competence with your material, Crista. Keep up the VERY good work !

Mom Gone Domestic says:

I am stuck and would love some ideas. My Grandmother on my dad's side. We are not sure who her dad is. My Great grandmother was a young teen mom and there is no father listed on her birth certificate. I have her death certificate but no father is listed because we were not sure. My great grandmother would never say or didnt know either. She married shortly after and that was who until many yrs later my grandma believed was her father. I did my DNA and no one with her supposed dad last name has never shown up, which leads me to believe that is for sure not her father. But how do we find who is her real dad? I am going to get my dads DNA but are there any other ways, besides asking my DNA matches who i dont know if they have ever had any family rumors about a kid no one is supposed to know about? Her obituary also has no father listed because aging we are not sure. ANy help would be appreciated so much. Also how on earth do I even approach people in my DNA matches and ask them something like this haha?

Shelly Omasta says:

Hi. I just found your videos. I found out in Dec2018 that my biofather isnt who I thought. I have reviewed all 1st and 2nd cousins which I can link all to my maternal side. Then finally one 3rd cousin that can not be linked to my maternal side. There are 5 DNA that link to the 3rd cousin and myself. All of which link to the same family name which would be greatgrand parents. How do I narrow the field? Please help.Thanks

D. GK ED says:

Thanks so much for your good advice. It has helped me find a way over one of my brick walls. Working on another one now. I am surprised how much misinformation is online. A lot of info sources from my original research has disappeared sadly . So glad I wrote down what I did. Even the message boards aren't what they used to be. It's a bit like "mud-larking".

Jay Hooks says:

Still watching this in 2019. Such great information! Love your presentation style. 🙂 Thank you!

wunderfulworld says:

If there were a specific shoebox for each profile, I'd be happier to not attach records I'm not sure of. Seems like if I put things in one big shoebox, they will be as good as lost.

wizzobabe says:

What if a parent is born with one name "John" and I only new him as another name "Joseph" and there is no record of it being changed, I'm talking about first name….then…come to find out that the last name I was born with which he grew up with was not his actual birth last name… He went to the court in 1985 and legally changed it to the name I grew up with and that I was born with… Because my mother retired and found out there was no birth record of him with the name she married him by… So the name he was born with was not the name he married my mother with.. and he changed it in the courts in 85… Also the name that I found in one census 1940 has him listed as"John" "magdziarz" at 9 yrs old "Jr" after his father's name supposably… In 1940 there are tons of John's out there with around the same birth date, how do I know who his father is for sure? And why that last name was changed and also the first name changed?? It's so confusing!!.. I need help…

Ratchet4647 says:

Crista, you mentioned still births at one point. Are still births generally included in family trees?

Katie Woodruff says:

My Woodruff great grandparents are also not who I thought they were hahaha

maggie gean says:

I would love to know how you get around knowing all or most of the records burned in a fire at a county court house, as I was a child, living a couple blocks away, when the fire happened, I know the courthouse burned in Summit County Colorado before November 1963, we moved then, so that’s a fixed date in my little head, I was school age so that puts the fire after 1960…. and since it was probably before records were sent to the state, a LOT of data was lost.

Julie Bevington says:

I am a computer programmer, I get the same problem trying to help others.

dorene palmer says:

What if grandmother gave incorrect maiden name, we have reached a brick wall…

dzyvla says:

This and the "Hints are not Facts" video should be required viewing for every user. I've listened to this (in the car) 3 times and included it a blog post (Barking Up the Wrong Tree blog) today 🙂

Yvette Hoitink says:

I love the example in the introduction. It can be hard to process that somebody who knows nothing about your family may see a way ahead that you, as the family expert, haven't. I had that happen to me and loved the experience because it showed me new techniques I could apply to other brick walls.

Crista Cowan says:

Samantha – Did they have children born or married between 1860 and 1880? What states were those children born/married in? Check there for the family in 1870.

samantha27161 says:

Crista, i am having trouble locating a family in 1870 census. In 1860 the family was living in Logan County, KY. In 1880, the family had moved to Marion County, IL. I have so far been unsuccessful in locating any records regarding the move. Any ideas?

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