Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Nathan Brown Case Continued

Yesterday I presented a webinar called "Brick Walls: Cracking the Case of Nathan Brown's Parents" for Legacy Family Tree.  The webinar was well attended and received positive response but I think there were still some lingering questions.

Over the next week, I plan to write some followup blog posts to go a little deeper into the process that I used to solve the case.

Some of the topics will include:
If you have any other questions about the talk that you are curious to have answered, please leave it in the comments or send me an email privately. 

I will also be posting gravestone photos over on my other blog - The Symbolic Past - so be sure to check for those.

Thanks to everyone who attended the webinar yesterday.  If you missed it, you can still see it online (for free) in the archives at Legacy Family Tree until November 14, 2011. (You'll have to scroll down to the "Listen to our archived webinars" header.)

Looking forward to hearing what other questions you may have!


  1. Marian! You've just won the Liebster Blog Award! Not sure when I'll ever get to personally award someone with something, so it feels extra-special. Congrats!

  2. I enjoyed your webinar yesterday. I have my own Brown family (in Georgia) brick wall. I had slowly begun looking at indirect evidence but felt like I was floundering. After listening in yesterday, I felt better about the types of indirect evidence that I was using in my search, and I learned about some new places to look. Now I'm excited to get back to my Brown family! Looking forward to your next posts on this topic.

  3. Oh dear! I'm blown away. Chad Browne of Rhode Island is also my Ancestor. I actually descend from both John and Jeremiah, two of the sons of Chad Browne. I'm scheduled to go on the Legacy cruise next May ...Geoff Rasmussen and I will have to talk!

  4. Marian it took me two nights to finish listening to the webinar because I kept stopping to duplicate a few of your search screens and look around a bit. REALLY enjoyed it, that is exactly the kind of webinar that I like ... a case study. I'm sure, as you pointed out, there was a lot more to the search than what you could show in a webinar. So anything else you want to expand on in the blog would be interesting. For instance, how did you know what cemeteries to look around in? Other than the obvious missing birth records were there any other local records that you should have found, but didn't?
    I was impressed with the name analysis which I have often tried to do, not always successfully ... it's good to see someone succeeding.
    thank you!!

  5. Marian,
    A most excellent webinar and would really love to see more people doing case studies like this. Bravo!

  6. Thank you for an excellent webinar. I'm working on my own brickwall project in Miami Valley of Ohio so all your tips and techniques will be reviewed again and again. I would be interested to know how you organize your notes. They must be voluminous.

  7. Hi Marian, just finished listening to the archived webinar and really enjoyed it. I started my last brickwall search as you have proposed looking in the "next" area; however I did not have a city or county, just a State (Tennessee is very BIG) and it was recommended that I continue looking in the original State (No. Carolina), so that's what I'm doing now until I feel more confident to move to the next State.

    You are so fortunate to have so many available records at your fingertips. I have yet to find a birth record pre-1930 and frankly I'm really curious to know why or how the headstones in New England fair so much better than they do in the South or Midwest? You rarely see ones pre-1860 and if you can find a remnant of a stone, it's illegible. What's the New England secret? The cold, ice and snow preserve the stone?

  8. Hi Marian, I just watched the archived brick wall webinar and loved it! I've used similar methods to break down a few long standing family brick walls this past year. But still have many more to go!
    Some I've been lucky and had that missing paper turn up, others I'm still hunting for.