Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Focusing on Brick Walls & Sources

My research has been going on for almost two decades, with the most dedicated attention given in the last eight years since my son was born.  As far as simply "filling in the blanks" on names and dates, there is very little of that left to be done.

Now is the time to focus on brick walls and obtaining vital records to verify parentage in some cases, verifying dates.  Most of my brick walls are in Canada.  My own personal ones are in Nova Scotia, Italy and England.  My (soon-to-be-ex) husband's are in Quebec and New Brunswick.

There is plenty to research!  The challenge is getting to those places, as I believe on-site research is now essential at this point.  Research in England and Italy are my goals over the next few years.  At the moment, I am preparing for my move back to the U.S., my husband's move to Germany, and then I will have a chance to begin creating a to-do list for European research!

Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley


  1. Too bad you are so far away from the Canadian American Genealogical Society in Manchester, NH. It sounds like the perfect place for you to work on those brickwalls. Except for Italy and England- but at least you'd be on the East Coast for easy acess!

  2. Europe is in the 5-year-plan; Canada in the 10-year-plan! :D

  3. Just looking at your surname list - I have relatives from Mars Hill & New Brunswick also (mostly the Farley family)

  4. I'm a budding genealogist working on the McPherson family line in Aroostook County, Maine. I grew up in Mars Hill and my entire family history is there (and now thanks to Wendy's hard work I now have a direct link to Scotland!)

    I currently live in Manchester, NH, so thank you Heather for the tip on the Genealogical Society here. I will be checking that out soon!