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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - June/July 2004
Family Chronicle magazine is looking for stories on solving brickwalls

In June 2003, Family Chronicle published what has become one of the fastest selling genealogy books in recent years: 500 Brickwall Solutions to Genealogy Problems. The book featured stories from 400 different genealogists on how they solved tough problems tracing their own ancestors using unconventional techniques, and included a comprehensive index that made it easy to find stories that might suggest solutions. The initial print run, expected to last three years, sold out in less than six months and the book had to be reprinted before Christmas.

"We attribute the success of the book to the wide variety of skills of our readers," says Halvor Moorshead, publisher of Family Chronicle. "Genealogists tend to be generous at sharing ideas and love to talk about the problems they solved. 500 Brickwall Solutions acted as a forum where people could tell these stories and share them with other people."

500 Brickwall Solutions has been so successful that Family Chronicle is now planning a second edition with all new stories and is seeking contributions. Genealogists whose stories are accepted will receive two copies of the book for every story published (the book sells for $25)  even if stories are not used, the submitter will receive a discount voucher towards the purchase of the book.

If you have a story about a problem you have solved involving unusual techniques, you can submit it to Family Chronicle, Brickwall Solutions, 2045 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY 14304-1675. Full details can be found on the website Stories may also be e-mailed to

For more information contact
Halvor Moorshead
Publisher Family Chronicle
(888) 326-2476 Ext 105

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