I am posting this definition that I found on Wikipedia.
“In genealogy, a brick wall is a question for which a genealogist has not been able to formulate a satisfactory answer based on the evidence thus far collected.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cluster_genealogy)
A connection on Google+ today was talking about FAG. For the life of me I didn’t know what FAG was so I asked for clarification.
Thanks to my Genimate, Tessa Keough, for chipping in and telling me that FAG is an acronym for FindaGrave
CopyRights: The mistaken belief that one has the right to freely copy anything that is published anywhere in any medium.
There are many Cousin Bait success stories out on the internet. There are also several definitions.
GeniAus reels them in – in 1987
My genimate from Texas, Amy Coffin, says that with Cousin Bait “you’re fishing for cousins so you can compare information for your respective family trees.”
In her post here she describes how she Reeled in a Big One.
1 March 2016 Update: Thanks to Geneadictionary supporter, Tony Proctor who has found that the term “Cousin Bait” was first used by Greta Koehl on Greta’s Genealogy Bog (that’s not a typo) on 19 March 2010. (http://gretabog.blogspot.ie/2010/03/family-and-friends-newsletter-friday-19.html)
Tree Rage – extreme anger brought on by finding your ancestors have been wrongly added to someone else’s tree
Used by Pauleen Cass in a Google+ comment to GeniAus on August 13, 2014.
A post on Facebook today from my Californian genimate, J Paul Hawthorne, mentioned the term “One-armed bandit research“. As I hadn’t heard of this method I followed the link Paul shared.
It took me to a post on the Advancing Genealogy Blog by Debbie Mieszala. In her post “Teaching Your Genealogical Dog a New Trick: Research Plans” Debbie describes One-armed bandit research :
“One-armed bandit research is a blast, especially when a new database rolls out. Plug in a few names and hope for a jackpot. There is no planning. Little consideration is given to location, record type, or if a specific genealogical research problem has been identified. Is it lousy research?
Well, no. It’s often how we find surprises. Our ancestors did not always behave as predicted and sometimes pop up in the strangest of places. So, the one-armed bandit method has its merits, but we should never believe that it is the only way to conduct research.”