Genealogy Brick Wall Busters eBook

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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 confusing Eastern European borders. 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 15 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.
  • The Roaring Twenties: Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Family Tree Magazine with our 20 best timeless genealogy tips.

Part 2: Finding Missing Ancestors

  • Holes in History: Major, record-destroying fires have likely impacted your ancestry search. We'll help you raise your family tree from the ashes of these disasters.
  • 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.
  • Unsung Heroes: If discovering the superwomen in your family tree is among your New Year's resolutions, you'll love these underused resources for finding female ancestors.

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.
  • Counting Up: Discover your ancestors in online census collections with these 26 practical search tips.
  • The Ultimate Genealogy Websites Guide: These guides to the eight most useful genealogy websites will help you search better and find the information you need.

Part 4: Dealing with Names and Places

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Going East: Our expert shares six common obstacles in Eastern European genealogy—and how to overcome them.

Part 5: Seeking Advanced Solutions

  • It Takes a Village: Broaden your research horizons by studying your ancestor's friends, family and neighbors. This guide to cluster and collateral research will show you how.
  • 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.
  • Be King, Rewind: Follow these four steps to fact-check your research using family tree software and websites.
  • 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 (115 pages) 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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