I often find that if I step away from a brick wall or mystery for a couple days or weeks, and approach with a fresh mind later, things start to fall into place. In addition, nearly all of my former brick walls were solved with the assistance of fellow genealogy hobbyists.
With that in mind, I’d like to propose a little genealogical research exchange. Send me one of your mysteries, problems, or outstanding to-dos, and I will send you one of mine. Let’s work on it, as time permits, for the next month or two and then return back our conclusions.
Living in the metro DC area, I have access to many genealogical resources. Some of the things I can help with are:
- Pull records at the National Archives
- Newspaper search at the Library of Congress
- Obituary search in local newspapers
- Headstone photographs
- Research at the Daughters of American Revolution Library
- Help preparing for a research trip to DC (most of the work should done before you even get here)
- Check over your current theories and conclusions
Some examples of my research problems and to-do’s include (but are not limited to): handwriting analysis, newspaper & directory research at local library, missing census records from 1900-1930, and help navigating Civil War records.