6 Leave it for a bit
New datasets are coming online all the time. If you feel that you’ve exhausted all avenues with your brick wall, then it might be time to just put it aside and pick it up later in the hope that relevant material will come online. But before you leave your brick wall, make a note of what you have tried already so that you don’t waste your time in future. Also remember that it’s not just the subscription sites that are adding datasets – familysearch. org is going all guns with indexing its microfiche material, and many archives are working with volunteers to create indexes of their material. Revisit in a year’s time and the solution may be waiting for you.