I started my family research journey in 2010 - quickly hitting the same information dead end walls all others encountered as no one had really researched the Warner family before. Also ran into dead ends in the McLean, Radel, Udell, Sayles, Madson, Decker, Quick, Handy ...too many to list. My family - as all families - have those dreaded dead ends where information just stops. Usually a female who marries/re-marries now with a different surname whose spouse's name must be ferreted out.
Quitting wasn't an option. So, I worked almost 24/7 7 days a week and spent over $4200 on death, birth and marriage certificates to confirm/verify the relatives and paid for numerous on-line ancestry on-line subscriptions from ancestry.com USA, ancestry.com International, Archives.com, Geneologybank.com ...too many to count - all adding up in expense but each yielding some vital bit of information that broke down those information dead ends. I poured over thousands of cemetery lists and contacted via email/phone/snail mail thousands of funeral homes and cemetery managers-anyone who might offer a lead or verify information and followed-up if they didn't respond. I advertised jobs and paid people in other states to get obituary copies in a library who didn't offer copy services and who didn't have that obituary posted anywhere on-line or paid libraries and other services to copy obituaries that could not be found anywhere on Internet. I then posted those obits on FAG so it would be on the internet. Until someone posts it on ancestry.com, FAG or some other public website, it is NOT there to find. So your "finding' it on the internet was not the "real" research. It was the person who did the work to find it in a library or book or in their family bibles and who posted it to the internet for you to find.
I googled names and went through not just 1st page google search but back 2-5 pages...looking for any elusive bit of information that might be under a misspelled surname etc. Exhausting. Dull. Work. I poured over thousands of old city/town tax records looking for relatives and for "current" property owners of land on which an old cemetery is located which has ancestors buried in it and requested a headstone photo. I sent thousands of emails to schools, college history departments, genealogy organizations, anyone who might be interested...the FAG REQUEST PHOTO website link of a cemetery (with my ancestors in it) in their specific town/city ...asking if they would take even one headstone photo or take it on as a history project and to forward my email FAG Photo Requests to anyone who might be interested. It worked. I also purchased ancestry books on-line - the cost of which adds up and spent hundred of hours reading ebook ancestry books searching for any elusive nugget of ancestry information.
Although my ancestry tree is private due to having too many death certs on it...I posted a ton of information on FAG and sent out edit updates to thousands of other FAG member memorials to help get our family ancestry out.
It is 2013 now..and I still work every day at least 8 hours a day on family research on my ever expanding mostly fully researched 42,600 member tree.
I salute all the family researchers - it is hard tedious work to break though dead ends ....but so rewarding when the family ancestry members finally fit together.
15 November 2013/1630. I decided to stop sending any more edit updates. Memorial managers take my information as their own and post it without giving credit as to who gave it to them. I'm not talking a middle name or a small bit of info - but both parents, wive(s), full DOB/DOD's and sometimes whole families which is how I research. The families in my tree are between 30-600 members each all connected. In few years I have been with FAG....I can count on one hand...the edit updates sent to me if my memorials were lacking in information and of those, the info given was minor. I am done being used by memorial managers who don't give credit as to who gave them the information on that memorial and who by omitting the name of the FAG member who gave it to them...claim that information as their own research. Everyone can do their own research.
I am also done with people who just "take' information and NEVER do the work to find any new information. Or, who "take" information and use it to find new information or add to information they have but refuse to share.
Ancestry.com and FAG are perfect examples of why socialism/communism never work because there are way more people willing to sit back and wait for others to do the work...and then take it as their own and/or not share their information.
NOTE: Grand parents are grandparents FOREVER. A blood line does NOT stop at 4 generations. I am also disgusted by non-relative memorial managers who refuse to transfer a memorial of a grandparent to a grandchild whether 1st/2nd or 5th grandparent. Blood lines don't stop. I can see if a minor relative spent a lot of time/effort/money and researched a relative and wanted to keep the memorial they did the research on...but only a person on a power trip would keep a NON-relative memorial they know nothing about and whose information came from others giving it to them but who they refuse to transfer out because "the grandparent" is outside 4 generations so they use that FAG rule to KEEP that memorial. When it comes to grandparents...that is unforgivable. The older the death..the harder it is to research and I'll be damned if I am just going to give them my HARD EARNED information.
I will still post photos/obits/newspaper clips, etc on my ancestors because these things are marked with a name. I will still sometimes send edit updates on randomly chosen "non-relatives" and post non-ancestor randomly found obits, etc because it is good Karma and because hopefully it will encourage others to do likewise.... but I won't hold my breath. I will still request photos.