Monday, April 21, 2008


Well, I've hit yet another "brickwall" with my GG Grandparents Charles and Katherine Ball. I heard from the Illinois State Archives in regards to my research question concerning nursing licenses in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Unfortunately, they had no information about Charles or Katherine being licensed nurses in Chicago. So, perhaps they were home nurses who didn't need a license to practice? I have no idea and I'm definitely stuck. I will have to explore further.
I have requested two books from my local library to help me with my "brickwalls". The first: 500 brickwall solutions to genealogy problems and More brickwall solutions to genealogy problems. I have also reviewed a number of genealogy blogs which have provided a little more insight into the brickwall problem. Here are some helpful websites and blogs:

Kimberly Powell

Juliana Smith

Diana Smith


So, here is what I have done. I have posted about four queries on the Rootsweb message boards regarding my brickwall. Although I am a bit disappointed in not having any luck with the nurse registers, I am not about to quit searching, digging, and questioning until I get some answers. It may take a long time, but hey I may get some great news tomorrow. You just never know. Keep your fingers crossed!

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The Family

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. ~Erma Bombeck

Genealogy Pox, author unknown


SYMPTOMS: Continual complaint as to need for names, dates and places. Patient has a blank expressions, sometimes deaf to spouse and children. Has no taste for work of any kind, except feverishly looking through records at libraries and courthouses.
Has a compulsion to write letters. Swears at mailman when he doesn't leave mail. Frequents strange places such as cemeteries, ruins, and remote desolate country areas. Makes secret night calls and hides phone bills from spouse. Mumbles to self. Has strange, faraway look in eyes.


TREATMENT: Medication is useless. This disease is not fatal, but gets progressively worse. Patient should attend genealogy workshops, subscribe to genealogical magazines and be given a quiet corner in the house where he/she can be alone.

REMARKS: The unusual nature of this disease is that the sicker the patient gets, the more he or she enjoys it!