Sometimes we need to refresh our research. Meaning we need to look at it with fresh eyes. I’ve noticed that when I am working hard trying find an elusive ancestor, I need to take a break. I put it away for a while and work on another person or another line. When I go back to the previous line that was giving me so much trouble, I look at with fresh eyes and sometimes (not all the time), I will notice something that I haven’t seen before or a new idea on where to search will come to me. Also, I will go back to Ancestry or Familysearch because maybe by that time they have added some records that will help me. Sometimes, if I have not already done it, I will write a short biography of the ancestor and putting it in story form helps me to see the gaps in my research. So I am seeing with a fresh perspective. If my family will tolerate me talking about my research, a new idea will pop into my head while talking about my research. Most of the time though I try not to talk about it because I find people not interested in genealogy, get bored with it quickly. I see their eyes wondering looking away at other things all the while they are saying ah ha, ah ha, ah ha. Well, I didn’t mean to get off on that topic. That’s for another post some other time. I’m going to take my own advice and put aside a brick wall I’ve been trying to bust down for sometime now and move on to another brick wall. Oh, I’ve got many! So refresh it is!