I can't say I have a brick wall at this point. I have a relative who is making me work hard, but not a brick wall, at least not yet. I haven't been able to find a birth certificate for this relative. Where she was born and when, happened to be around the time it wasn't mandatory to keep birth records. It is possible there is a delayed birth certificate, which I haven't tried for as of yet.
Of course, this being a female only makes researching slightly more difficult. The real confusion is that she has been married at least four times and possibly five. I have found and know of four of these marriages. I do not have the actual marriage or divorce dates. I know there are two children, their names and their fathers names. I know she lived in at least 5 states, possibly 6 or 7. Her maiden name is an extremely common name.
I thought I knew both of her parents names. After some trouble trying to find this family in the censuses, I started researching her siblings, there were two, and hit pay dirt. From the censuses I found that both of her parents went by names that were not their given names. To make matters more difficult, she went by a name herself that was not her given name! And a couple of these names weren't even derivatives of their given names.
Many nick names, many states, many married names. I have a good flavor of her family and her life, however I am not satisfied, I am looking for more. I want the dates, the states and all the names. I want the history and the best proof possible for all of my facts. Isn't that what is is all about, we want the whole enchilada!
The real challenge will be when I research her father...........John Miner.