If you didn’t make Tuesday’s Brick Wall Busters webinar, you missed out on some great advice from David Allen Lambert, online genealogist for the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). Over the course of the hour, David tackled the research challenges attendees threw at him. Just a few of the helpful tidbits he shared:
- When you get stuck in the early 1800s, make the last known county your adopted home—that is, camp out with the microfilmed deeds, probates and other records for that place and look at all the people with your ancestral surname.
- Middle names came into common usage around the 1790s. If you see earlier folk recorded with middle names in compiled genealogies or other family charts, be suspicious of their accuracy.
- Have a New England immigrant who didn’t naturalize? Many New England tombstones have the deceased’s specific places of origin inscribed on them.
- If you suspect an ancestor died at sea, look for a “cenotaph”—a memorial (e.g., marker) for a deceased person whose body is not at that site.
- Military pensions provide much useful detail about your ancestors, but generally won’t name a soldier’s parents.
Hear all of David’s insightful tips and strategies in the on-demand Brick Wall Busters webinar recording, available now on Family Tree Shop.
And be sure to check out the NEHGS Online Genealogist Question of the Day.