Professional Genealogist, Kirsty Gray, once described her progress up the Genealadder in a blog post.

Kirsty said “I have been extremely lucky in my geneadventures this year – 2014 was certainly a good year and I have definitely put my feet a few more steps up on the genealadder. Alan Phillips of Unlock The Past Cruises (Gould Genealogy) invited me ‘Down Under’ on the Sydney cruise in February where I was lucky enough to work alongside Jill Ball, Pauleen Cass, Kerry Farmer, Shauna Hicks, Maria Northcote, Helen Smith and Sharn White, amongst many other professional and amateur genies. International ‘talent’ included Thomas MacEntee, Chris Paton and Jane Taubman – as well as me! – and it would appear that my sea legs are pretty solid, so I am cruising again in 2015″.

I note that in 2016 Kirsty climbed a few more rungs and, with several proposals for Rootstech 2017 accepted, she continues to move upwards.



There was a discussion on Facebook this morning when Katherine R Wilson asked about alternate terms was brick walls in genealogy?

I really liked the term Roadblock proposed by my genimate Peggy Clemens Lauritzen.

Peggy said I have never liked the term “brick wall”. It makes me feel like I can’t go through it or around it. I used “roadblock“. When I come to a roadblock here in Ohio, it I can see over it and around it, and if I’m persistent it enough, I’ll get through it.”

In Peggy’s words: Roadblock:  It’s usually just a temporary stoppage until I get going again.