Brickwall Solutions within Genealogy
When it comes to an end in your ancestral line, it's time to pull out the big guns (or other side of the brain) and think "outside the box." For me it is so easy to go down the familiar trail, you know: census, public records, other peoples discoveries, etc. The same old routine. When you follow a different formula, there is nothing more rewarding than to be the first person to make the connection. (Just be sure it is substantiated by one primary source or at least 3 secondary sources.)
Get out your paper and pen and list what you already know. Make a hypothesis (you can always change it later.) Look for a trail and diagram on a timeline or map. I personally use a map because I like to see where my ancestors have traveled.
Uncommon Places to Search
State/Town Biographical Indexes/Lodges.
Biographical indexes can be found on the State,
Town and Library Websites. Also, don't forget the
lodges, i.e. Catholic Knights, Elks, Lions, Masons, etc.
Many of the men belonged to a lodge.
Church Membership List
Don't skip the lists that don't show vital records,
some times they are added as a side note. Also,
knowing when a person became a member or
was dismissed is a clue of when they moved to
the area or when they left. This helps us avoid
doing needless searching.