Collaboration and Brick Walls
Many of us tend to work on our genealogy research alone. It is an independent activity where we can lose ourselves for hours on end. In some cases, family members actually work together to solve a common research problem. It is these situations that can benefit us the most.
But what can we do if we do not have someone in our family that shares our passion? There are several different options available.
Society Meetings & Conferences
Folks who attend these meetings and conferences are just as interested in genealogy and are probably willing to listen to the story about great-aunt Elsie, of which your children and cousins have grown tired.
Social Networking Websites
There are many popular websites that allow you to “friend” or “follow” other people, from family, friends, coworkers, etc. to others who share similar interests (such as genealogy!).
Message Boards & Mailing Lists
Although these tools have been around for ages, they are still popular among genealogists and are a great place to ask brick wall questions.
Online Family Trees
Having your tree online makes it possible for cousins or others researching your family to get in touch with you.
Blogging also lends itself to reaching a broader audience than a genealogical publication, and, because it is online and searchable, you stand a good chance of attracting others.
Remember, it may take multiple strategies to find the answer to your research question. Sometimes you just need to step away from a research problem. With our Skill-Building: Breaking Down Brick Walls course we will give you the tools and techniques needed to break down that brick wall.