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BREAKING DOWN BRICK WALLS
We want to thank all those who participated in our recent NAGS Zoom meeting on Brick Walls. We had a great discussion and were able to share ideas on how to break those brick walls we all have in our genealogy.
As a follow-up, here are some resources for further ideas on brick walls. We hope this will prove helpful in your research.
1. Whoareyoumadeof.com—Tips for Breaking Down Brick Walls in GenealogyThese tips are listed on the site as well as further information on each tip.
*Talk to family members—AGAIN
*Go back to basics
*Compare notes with other relatives researching the same ancestor
*Start a family newsletter
*Look at old maps
*Put yourself in the shoes of the immigrant
*Check the newspaper
*Check the phone book or directory
*Don’t depend on the index record—view original image
*Track down witnesses
*Research the cemetery
*Learn about your ancestor’s neighbors
*Did you immigrant return to visit home
*Don’t ignore image-only records
*Keep track of your research
*Read about local history
*Go to church
*Hunt for property or land records
*Revisit your assumptions
*Search for your ancestor on Google
*Find living descendants on social media
*Research brothers and sisters of target ancestors
*DON’T GIVE UP
2. Genealogyguide.com*10 More Tips to Breaking Down a Brick Wall—includes a video from Christa Cowan from Ancestry.com
*Quick Tips for Breaking Through Your Genealogy Brick Walls”
3. Advanced Genealogy Research Techniquesby George G. Morgan & Drew Smith (New York: McGraw Hill Education, 2014This book is available as an e-book at Prescott Public Library through Libby or Overdrive and has a wealth of information about breaking down brick walls.
4. Tracing Your Ancestors’ Lives: A guide to Social History for Family Historians by Barbara J. StarmansThis book is also available as an e-book from the Prescott Public Library.
5. Tracing Your Ancestors From 1066-1837: A Guide for Family Historians by Jonathan OatesAgain, this book is available as an e-book from the Prescott Public Library.
We hope these sources will give you more insight into how to break down those brick walls you have. HAPPY RESEARCHING
June 27, 2020 Meeting Information & Registration
The Northern Arizona Genealogical Society (NAGS) invites you to attend and participate in an hour-long Open Forum on Brick Walls, Saturday, 27 June 2020 at 10:30 a.m. Because of Covid-19, this meeting will take place on Zoom. It is helpful to join the meeting about 10 minutes early.
This new format requires registration here if you plan to attend. Registration allows an invitation with a link to the meeting to be sent so you can participate. IF you have a specific brick wall issue you wish to discuss with the group, please submit your Brick Wall question(s) when you register your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for entering this new phase of NAGS -- so we can connect, explore, and support our family history society. Please bring your success stories for celebration as well as those frustrating brick walls that need climbing/breaking with some group help. Or just a question that needs an answer as you pursue an ancestor -- no doubt in a Witness Protection Program of long ago. Hope to see you on the 27th at 10:30.
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GETTING STARTED WITH ZOOM - You may connect by using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile telephone. Each type of device will participate in the meeting a little differently. For tablet and mobile you may want to download the Zoom App. You can download the Zoom Client app. For iOS devices look in the app store for “Zoom Cloud Meetings” and for Android it’s in Google Play. Alternately you can get the download at https://ZOOM.us/download#client_4meeting
Here is a link to a 1 minute YouTube Video "How to Join a Zoom Meeting."
If you just want to sit in on a Zoom meeting all you need is the ability to watch a video on your computer. If you want to participate you need a microphone. Many computers have a speaker and a microphone built in. If yours does not, you can obtain a headset with a boom microphone. External speakers will improve your experience. If you want to be seen by others you need a web camera. If your computer does not have a camera you can purchase one.
There is a good video tutorial at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_8vQDfSzdY
And zoom.us has some demonstrations.
To run a test of your setup type zoom.us/test into your search bar.
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS QUESTIONNAIRE
Interest has been expressed in Special Interest Groups (SIGS) on various genealogy topics. The Board of Northern Arizona Genealogical Society would like your ideas on what topics would be of the most interest to you. The Board would help organize the SIGS, but a moderator would be chosen at the first meeting to conduct future meetings. Please use this link to complete the QUESTIONNAIRE.
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