Brick Walls

You and I have genealogy brick walls. Tips to crack them, my personal case studies, and where I’m currently stuck.

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Be Careful Where You Walk – “An Outlander” Themed Genealogy Blog Party

While walking down Broad Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey, I stumbled and fell. The pain in my head and the drops of blood down my eye told me I had fallen and blacked out for just a moment. However, when I woke up, things were very different. The cars were gone. The cell phones had […]

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Brick Wall and Inferential Genealogy

The mystery of my 5th great-grandfather Effingham Townley, likely of New Jersey in the mid to late 1700s is giving me a headache. He’s a brick wall tracing my line back to him as a descendant. However, a will for an Effingham Townley dying in 1828 and naming a son John Townley is the brick […]

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Joseph Geissler: Are Funeral Paper Neighbors Connected

The mystery of my 3rd great-grandfather has many parts to investigate. Here’s another installment of that investigation. In 2011, my distant Geiszler cousin theorized that perhaps there is no evidence to corroborate the story that Cousin Margie Geiszler Wasson told William Joseph Geiszler. Henry’s father* was on horse back and rode into Ft. Hayes. Guard […]

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Evaluating a Family Story for Accuracy

In genealogy, we encounter stories that seem amazing, but we have to stop and ask, are they true? The death of my 3rd great grandfather, Joseph Geißler, could be a legend handed down through the generations or it could be true. How would you go about deciding what is fact and what is fiction? The story […]

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Could There Be More Than The Draft?

In the post  Another Land in Crisis, I share the story of how my German immigrant 3-times great-grandfather Joseph Geißler had come to America potentially to escape the turmoil in Baden following the 1848 German revolution only to have his new country descend into the Civil War. In June 1863, Joseph would sign the Union draft register […]

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Joseph Geissler: Possible Migration Party

  For several months I have shared the story of my 3-times great-grandfather Joseph Geißler who immigrated from Baden to Franklin County, Ohio. I firmly believe we have to Stop Researching and Start Writing our ancestor’s stories in order to a) make them more enjoyable for those who inherit our research and b) so we […]

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Examining Naturalization Dockets for Joseph Geissler

As discussed in Joseph Geissler: An American Father, Joseph was born in Baden and immigrated to Franklin County, Ohio prior to 1858. He received a naturalization certificate which was passed down through the family and is currently in my distant cousin’s possession. Had he not had the original certificate hanging on the family wall in […]

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Brick Wall: Can You Help Find the David Kinnaird Diary?

In the post, Joseph Geissler: Planting Roots in Prairie, I mentioned that my 3rd great-grandfather, along with two other families purchased the property from James Kinnaird of Prairie Township, Franklin County, Ohio in 1856. In researching James Kinnaird, I learned that he was born 10 August 1825 in Ohio, United States. I find that he marries Melissa Deans […]

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A Final Surprise About Agnes Anderson

 This is the last in the series of discoveries an amazing volunteer blessed me with prior to Christmas. To sum up, I posted a query about the brick wall of my grandmother Louise Long’s birth mother Agnes Anderson. A volunteer named Shelly found a second informant on Agnes’s death and then set out to find […]

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The Piece That Ties It Together For Agnes Anderson

Where I left off in the previous post, I had the possibility of connecting Agnes Anderson, my grandmother’s birth mother to Amanda Sparks and her brother Robinson Peter Sparks and 5 additional family members. I had received a Find A Grave link, a 1870 Census record, and death records for R Peter Sparks and a […]

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