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.



I was thrown for a while when I saw the subject line of Randy Seaver’s latest Saturday Night Genealogy Fun How Many “Mary LNU” Persons in Your Family Tree?

As I read through the post I learnt what Randy’s acronym stood for. Randy said “I have many females in my family tree database without a last name.  One of those female first names is “Mary.”  Do you have situations like this, where you don’t know the surname of some females? [I call them LNU persons – Last Name Unknown.]”

I have a long list of LNUs in my database  how about you?