The Family Tree Problem Solver: Proven Methods for Scaling the Inevitable Brick Wall
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The Family Tree Problem Solver: Proven Methods for Scaling the Inevitable Brick Wall

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Complications arising from incomplete or missing records, census irregularities, and individuals of the same name occur more often than non-genealogists might think. Respected genealogist and author Marsha Hoffman Rising helps beginners break through these "brick walls" by breaking down each researcher's common problem into a chapter with straightforward solutions. Readers...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 2nd 2005 by Family Tree Books (first published January 2005)
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JanieceK
This is a textbook. It is not for the beginning genealogist but is very helpful for organizing your thoughts, your files, and planning the next steps. Marsha Rising writes from her experience which is considerable.
Rachel Granholm
This is a really helpful book for sorting out all those generations of kids with matching names and multiple spouses who are often related in some way.
Rachel
A bit of a hard book for me to review, just because it's not a novel. I think this is a neat resource for genealogists, but it's not for the beginner. It's about once you've done all the normal research, and now you are stuck in places. It gives lots of hints and case studies on what to do when you run into missing census, burned courthouses, using newspapers, land records, and other things that you don't think of right off. Will probably pull this one back out when I get more of the "easy stuff...more
Sherri Hessick
This is for an experienced genealogist, not for the beginner. The author gives great tips on breaking through those brick walls, especially for the pre-1850 ancestors. She provides realistic examples and case studies to help illustrate her ideas. The only thing I didn't like is that she does not provide a bibliography for all the books she recommends we read to gain more understanding of specific record types.

This is definitely a book that you will want to refer back to again and again as you en...more
Dayna
This only helps with research problems - unfortunately it is no help with actual problems within one's family tree! I recommend this for the intermediate to advanced researcher - it helped me think beyond my usual strategies. Many times genealogy how-to books are simplistic, but this is written by a respected professional and has valuable research techniques using helpful case studies.
Mitzi
This is a great resource for anyone who is dealing with troubling ancestors. A lot of helpful tips from an experienced genealogist!
Magda
My favorite genealogical writer who is now deceased .
The best of the best problem - solving Early American and interesting cases.
Jean
Not aimed at a beginning researcher, but had some good tips and ways of looking at things that I could use anyway.
Kristine
I LOVE reference books & this is a great one!
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