Genealogy Brick Wall Busters eBook

Conquer family history’s toughest obstacles with these genealogy tips and strategies. This eBook will show you how to search for your ancestry efficiently, find ancestors hiding in census records, find your birth family using DNA and much, much more.
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Common surnames, missing ancestors and confusing DNA results, oh my! Genealogists have no shortage of research challenges to conquer. This eBook will guide you through some of the most common genealogy problems, from ancestors missing in a census record to indecipherable or hard-to-spell German names. Each article provides practical tips and strategies for overcoming research woes and developing better, more efficient searches.

Who Should Get This eBook

You’ll love the Genealogy Brick Wall Busters eBook if…

  • You’ve hit a stubborn roadblock and need some pointers on how to get around it
  • You want concrete strategies to make your research more efficient
  • You’ve just started (or restarted) your family search and want to put some best practices into place

What’s Inside

The Genealogy Brick Wall Busters eBook features:

  • More than a dozen articles full of practical advice on how to overcome genealogy’s most difficult problems
  • Do’s and don’ts for your family history research, including the best search strategies for sites like
  • Links to additional articles, books and other resources that can guide you in busting down brick walls

Contents of the Genealogy Brick Wall Busters eBook:

Part 1: Reviewing the Basics

  • Counting Cousins: How, exactly, are you related to the child of your great-great-grandmother’s sister’s son? We’ll explain the steps to calculating cousinhood.
  • Busted!: We expose the truth behind 10 genealogy falsehoods that could sabotage your family tree.

Part 2: Finding Missing Ancestors

  • Hiding in the Census: Censuses help you build the backbone of your family tree. Use our search strategies to overcome seven common reasons your ancestors might be hard to locate in the records.
  • Digging Deeper: Ancestors are hard to find before 1850—records get scarcer and censuses don’t name everyone. But you can do it! Follow these eight strategies for discovering your distant roots.
  • Moving Targets: Did your ancestors drop off the map? Maybe it’s not because they moved, but because boundaries shifted or street names changed. We’ll help you use old maps to solve place problems.

Part 3: Improving Your Searches

  • Search and Recover: Think your ancestors are a lost cause? Not with our 41 strategies for finding your family history online.
  • On Your Mark: Not getting the results you want on Our close look at the site’s search options will help you refocus those off-target searches to find your ancestors’ records.
  • Heritage Hacks: Are your genealogy finds too few and far between? Try these 18 tech tricks for freer, faster, more-effective family history research.

Part 4: Dealing with Names

  • Mistaken Identities: It’s easy to mix up your relative with someone else’s in old records. But you can avoid an ancestor identity crisis when you follow these seven strategies.
  • Speaking Their Language: The language barrier can really put a crimp in your German genealogy research. Get help tracing your Deutsch ancestors’ names and places with these online tools.

Part 5: Finding Birth Families, Orphans and Adoptees

  • Finding Birth Families with DNA: DNA testing has opened a broad new avenue for adopted people to find their birth families. Our guide maps out your journey of discovery.
  • Tracing Orphaned Ancestors: If Great-grandpa lost his parents as a child, how can you research his birth family? These records can help you find your orphaned ancestor’s family.

Part 6: Seeking Advanced Solutions

  • Triple Plays: Where do you fit in with your DNA matches? Triangulating a known relationship with unknown matches can reveal the answers. We’ll show you how to do it.
  • Go with the Pro: When you’ve taken your family history research as far as you can on your own, it may be time for expert help. Follow our five strategies for working with a professional genealogist.

The Genealogy Brick Wall Busters eBook comes in PDF format and can be printed out or viewed on your tablet, laptop or desktop computer for easy reference while working with your family memories.

Portions of this eBook were originally published in Family Tree Magazine.

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SKU R8677
Author/Speaker/Editor Editors of Family Tree Magazine
File Type PDF
Product Type E-book
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