In this episode:
- News from the Blogosphere
- Top Tips: Is it really a brick wall?
- 101 Best Websites for Genealogy
- Family Tree University: Cluster and Collateral Research
- Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan
- The 1939 register from FindMyPast can help you with brick walls caused by modern record gaps due to privacy restrictions, or in this case, the absence of a census in England.
- Newspapers can be helpful in opening up new research avenues and filling in details.
- Under-recorded populations such as American Indians can be difficult to research. This post explains six clues to prompt your research into American Indian ancestry.
If you feel like you’ve hit a brick wall in your genealogy research, it may actually just be a detour—not the end of your research road. In his article Long Way Around (Dec. 2015 issue) author David Fryxell discusses 10 ways to tell if we are really at the end of the records road, or just at a detour.
Digital Download issue: December 2015
Print issue: 75 Best Websites to Discover Your American Ancestors
- How to get started with cluster and collateral research: who to look for, what constitutes a cluster or collateral relation
- When to use cluster and collateral approaches
- Which records are best for cluster and collateral research, including census, vital, church, newspapers, land transfers, wills. etc.
- How to determine the names and relationships between relatives
- How to organize and employ the information you extract from cluster and collateral research
- How to find clusters beyond neighbors and coworkers that hold info about your ancestor
- Research problems needed to extend the tree
- Explain a mystery or apparent contradiction in the record
- Identify how someone fits into the family
- Separate people of the same name
- Find a family that disappears
- Research before 1850 and immigrants
- Provide biographical clues and appreciation for their lives
- Personal understanding of how past generations have affected today