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Solving Genealogy Problems: How to Break Down 'brick walls' and Build Your Family Tree by [Davis, Graeme]
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'Clear explanations, signposting, and sound advice underpin ideas to solve your conundrum.' Who Do You Think Your Are?. 'Particularly helpful for newbies, this book nevertheless brims with advice to encourage even the more experience genealogists to think out of the box to tackle old problems.' Family Tree. 'A Useful guide for those occasions when research has come to a standstill and another angle is needed to progress any further.' Genealogists' Magazine. 'Packed full of helpful advice... this guide will have you building your family tree in no time.' Family History Monthly

About the Author

A university lecturer and academic researcher, Dr Graeme Davis is also a genealogist with extensive experience of family tree research. In addition to numerous academic publications in history and philology, his genealogical books include Your Family Tree Online and Research Your Surname and Your Family Tree.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4772 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books (26 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C1CTK9W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #245,440 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I think the author strained to make this into a whole book. The last few summary pages inside pretty much could've been presented as THE book, as they say all he wanted to say.

However, it was clear to understand and it was written by someone who obviously understands his field.

I think someone starting out could learn a lot. Unfortunately, those of us that have got far enough to find brick walls are less likely to be beginners.

Not bad. Just nothing new for anyone who's been doing genealogy for a year or more.

Edit: typos
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The ever increasing popularity of family history research has led to a plethora of genealogy books hitting the market and it seems that every publisher wants to get in on the act. Unfortunately, quantity does not always equal quality and this book gives the impression of being hastily written to target a lucrative audience.

The title is slightly misleading as this is in fact an overview of the sources available to those conducting family history research. Beginners will no doubt learn a thing or two, but intermediate researchers will find little that is new to them and those seeking strategies to overcome a 'brick wall' will be disappointed. The advice is vague and general with few examples of how a particular source or technique can be used to overcome a particular problem.

Pauline M. Litton's 'Pitfalls and Possibilities in Family History Research' covers a similar topic much better and is packed with useful information in comparison to this flimsy volume.
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I stumbled upon this in my local Waterstones (apologies Amazon) and started to read it while killing some time. I was immediately struck by the clarity of the advice given. It is not a vast tome and is by no means intended to be exhaustive in its breadth of coverage. What it does is go through the various sources and explain how to make the best use of them, what to look out for, what the various pitfalls are and what problems can arise. For an experienced researcher some of these might appear obvious but I for one found many nuggets of information which, despite my having looked at countless BMD and census records over the years, simply hadn't occurred to me before. Just how many "brick walls" I will be able to break through armed with these hints and tips only time will tell, but it has certainly given me renewed impetus in my family history research. I would recommend it to anyone who is struggling to make headway with their genealogical research.
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As a Professional Genealogist and hence a professional brickwall smasher. I actually learn't a lot from these ideas especially these highlights:
* Using Newspapers as sources of BMDs
* Cluster genealogy and communities
This book is uptodate and brings you up to speed using the new online data sources.
Very well done Graeme!
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The book is constructively assembled and eloquent in delivery. At the time of publication it was very up to date and the only sadness is that this work will fall behind as new and exciting records become available and the Internet continues to provide excitement that will draw many into the study.
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Quite helpful although a lot of it explains things I already knew; whether it will suggest a way of breaking down the wall I am very anxious to destroy is something I am not at all sure about.
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An enormous book packed with useful ideas for searching your family tree. If its not in here - you don't need it.
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Excellent. Very clearly written; comprehensive; just what I needed as a relative newcomer (forgive the pun). Don't hesitate; buy it!
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