Case Studies and Brick Walls




Below are several case studies that highlight the resources and methods I have used to solve genealogy brick walls in New York.
The names are fictitious, but the cases and resources are real!


Case 1 - Troy, NY.
Goals:
1) Find the death certificate of Joseph Maloney, about 1907, probably Troy; 2) and his wife Jane; 3) find their marriage about 1890, Troy; 4) also find Joseph's obituary.

I searched the following records to find the requested information (including the Irish counties of birth!)
Case 2 - Albany, NY.
Goal:
Find the parents of Marie, born about 1816. She married David in New York City, 1837. He was from Albany, and they appear in Albany in the 1850 census.

How did I solve this problem? Below are the resources I used for a successful outcome:
Case 3 - Troy, NY.
Goals:
1) Research the family of Patrick and Honora; 2) find their marriage about 1863; 3) the baptism of their son Joseph about 1870; 4) find their death dates and burial. They appear in the 1880 and 1900 census of Troy.

I searched the following records to find the requested information
Case 4 - Watervliet (Albany Co.), NY
Goal:
Trace the ancestry of James, born about 1879 in Watervliet. He married Anna in Troy in 1903.

I used the following resources to find information about James' ancestors: