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Brick Walls: Cracking the Case of Nathan Brown's Parents - Digital Download

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Join Marian Pierre-Louis as she cracks the long-standing brick wall surrounding Nathan Brown's parents (Geoff Rasmussen's brick wall). Marian will share the analysis process she used to find Nathan's parents. Certain techniques, which you can apply to your own research, can be used to unravel difficult genealogical problems. Follow that up with primary documents to confirm the relationships and the mystery is solved. At the end Marian will reveal - live - a big surprise about Geoff Rasmussen's ancestry based on this new information.

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on November 2, 2011. 1 hour 25 minutes.

Viewers' comments:

  • A great tutorial on breaking down your brick walls. Marian revealed several solid strategies for approaching your research and laid out the examples quite well. Particularly interesting were the community connections and family naming patterns. Definitely one of the best genealogy webinars I've listened to!
  • Absolutely fantastic!! I have several similar brick walls and am very happy to know that I can use indirect evidence to prove my theories.
  • Best explanation/demonstration on using "indirect evidence" that I have seen anywhere.
  • Excellent webinar! Marian did a great job in explaining how she located the parents of Nathan Brown with tips on how the same strategies could be used for one's own research.
  • Great presentation. Learned the heart of genealogy rather than the mechanics.
  • I got SO many great tips to help me in trying to break down my "brick wall" ancestors! THANKS!!
  • This takes "hands-on" to a new level and I consider it the best presentation yet.
  • I took two things from the webinar. I made a list of the children of my couple and compared those names with the prospective parents of my couple. Plus I invited a fellow genealogist over to review my data and give her opinion. Both simple ideas but I hadn't thought to use them with this couple. Thanks!
  • That was the single most useful insight in genealogical research I've had.
  • Marian is an excellent speaker, and presented the entire research process in just one hour! Thanks for the best part of my day!!
  • I have a brick wall which I think might fall if I follow Marian's methods. Thanks!
  • This Webinar taught a LOT about how to research, new ideas, new ways, digging in depth. I was almost as excited as Geoff for the discovery of his ancestor! They just keep on getting better.
  • Wow! Loved how she explained her research methodologies and process. Held me on the edge of my seat the entire time!!
  • Wow, this was so great, can't wait to try some of the ideas on my brick walls.
About the presenter:
Marian Pierre-Louis is a genealogical writer and speaker who specializes in southern New England research (Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts). Born and raised in Connecticut, she has lived in Massachusetts for almost 20 years. Marian has three generations of recent family ties to Rhode Island and also links to some very old Rhode Island lines. As a result, these three states have become the focus of her research activity. Unlike most genealogists, Marian is spoiled to spend most of her time working with original records. You will most often find her researching at a town hall, registry of deeds, probate court or the local cemetery. Itís a rare day that Marian has to sit in front of a microfilm reader.

Marian is actively engaged in social media. You can find her starting conversations on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. She frequently speaks on New England topics including house history research, social media, African American research and a broad range of genealogical topics. She is the author of several blogs including:

Marian's Roots & Rambles
The New England House Historian

Her website is She is the author of Researching Your Connecticut Ancestors.

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