How I Built My Own Brick Wall

Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL
Apr 26, 2019
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Speaker's Introduction
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Researcher Assumptions
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Ignoring Local Historians
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Neglecting Land Records
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Ignoring Timelines
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Research Logs
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About this webinar

We identify ways that researchers have built their own "brick wall" through inexperience, lack of organization, and incorrect assumptions. We discuss how to resolve these issues and the speaker will share her own growing pains as a budding genealogist.

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About the speaker

Rebecca Whitman Koford holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist ®  and as a Certified Genealogical Lecturer. She focuses on research in Maryland, Upstate New York, Virginia, the District of Columbia, colonial recor
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    Motivated me to stop researching, analyze and write ! Also use charts and tables and other graphic organizers for my research.

    Nice overview of all those important things we need to remember – not only record groups, but analyzing evidence.

    One of the best I’ve seen here on brick walls.

    One of the best webinars I have taken to date!

    Really good reminder of basic research areas to check for ancestor records. Focusing exclusively on a single brick wall will probably be the hardest thing to do, but it is the logical way to demolish that wall. I will have to give it a
    try soon.

    Rebecca Whitman Koford’s webinar on brick walls was simply excellent. If I could give a 10 rating, I would. I couldn’t take notes fast enough so I’ll be watching it again. These types of topics are those that give me the greatest benefit
    to my webinar subscription.

    She is excellent. Very well organized and excellent slides!

    Since I am now 88 I find my memory is failing. I need all the help I can get because when I started doing my research I didn’t know many of the things I should do. Now I am going back to correct my lack of documentation. All of this webinar really helped me. Thanks.

    Suggestions and examples were excellent

    Thank you for all the great info!

    Thank you for many good ideas for staying focused and really analyzing sources and implications for your tree.

    Thanks for all the great tips! The Research Checklist is awesome, it will really help me.

    Thanks for the reminders about using research logs, etc., and new (to me) info about making a table of the same-name folks found in research.

    Thanks, very informative and great syllabus!

    The speaker’s enthusiasm was evident and the points well explained.

    This was a wonderful presentation! Will be watching it again, probably several times.

    This webinar offered some much needed hand holding in guiding me past my own inadequacies in breaking through my brick walls. Thank you so much!!!

    Totally a great guide to follow on how to not create a brick wall. I loved it.

    Valuable information

    very clear presentation, just enough examples to inspire while not slowing things down.

    Very helpful hints.

    Very inspirational.

    Very thought provoking! Already thinking of resources I hadn’t considered previously. Thank you

    Very well organized and useful – am familiar with the research techniques but got new ideas on organization and how to use them

    Well done! Great reminders! Thanks to Rebecca, Marian & Legacy

    Well done.

    Well laid out.

    wonderful way to work through the research & organization process! Thanks

    Wonderful webinar! Very informative and great presenter 🙂 Thank you!


  2. Legacy Family Tree
    5 years ago

    A great webinar today. Tons of information.

    Absolutely wonderful information thank you 🙂

    Another great webinar for beginners!

    Another very informative webinar!


    Awesome webinar! Very informative!


    Excellent presentation – first time I have heard Rebecca Koford speak – she speaks very well & is understandable – great handout!

    Excellent presentation. Easy to understand and follow.

    Excellent speaker and important information.

    Excellent webinar and syllabus!!

    Excellent webinar! I will be watching it again. Handout has lots of great advice on what to do and what not to do.

    EXCELLENT! Will definitely use timelines more. Thanks Rebecca!

    Excellent. Exactly what I needed today, yesterday and tomorrow! Thanks for sharing your expertise. : – )

    Fabulous webinar! Thank you!

    Fantastic ideas for brick walls that I can apply right away. Thank you!

    Good practical information and well told tales

    Good Presenter and helpful and encouraging.

    Good webinar. Gave me LOTS of ideas on my hardest brick wall.

    great as usual!!!

    Great ideas to relook at again.

    great information

    Great information! It is also nice when someone agrees with me …I am a disorganized, unfocused, BSO chasing amateur genealogist. However, I am learning.

    Great information! Love the checklist of records etc to check!

    Great tips! Thank you.

    Great to remind us about being a science not an art.

    Great webinar! I knew what I should do, but I keep forgetting things. This reminded me so well. I need more like this.

    Great webinar! I learned a lot.

    I applaud the presenter with covering so many different brick walls in a succinct manner. I do wish she addressed language barrier brick walls but if it is something she has not experienced, I understand why she did not cover it.

    I appreciate how well Rebecca presents research basics and breaks the steps down simplistically when it’s so very involved. I start to tip into overwhelm. Her presentations help bring me back to focusing in focus! I relate to the comments about DNA cousins & contacts taking us down rabbit holes. It’s so difficult to prioritize when there could be wonderful information clues in the contacts… Time Management is a must… Oh My!

    I continually need the reminders to stop and write down the way I analyzed the data and the conclusions I drew. The tables are a great way to compare confusing items. Now I need to put it all into practice. 🙂

    I learned a lot and appreciated the things she had to share.

    I really appreciate the suggestion to add historical events to the timeline. I am going to add some into the timeline I have created for my current research project. I think that will be very helpful.

    I’m going to try some the ideas right now. Thx

    informative, thank you

    Interesting alternate ways to research a problem.

    It is good to be reminded of where to look, when we think we have looked everywhere.

    Lots of material. Nice syllabus.

    Loved it!! What expertise the experts have!


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