Brian Farr: My name is Michael Winn. I have hit upon brick walls. Have you used the simplest genealogical methods explained in common sense language. Example: Obituary from a newspaper: Solution:1) Write a polite letter with your request with name and deathdate, enclose three dollars in form of money order to cover cost of photocopy for library and thank them in polite and courteous language. Send a SASE SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE. Definite in Genealogists manner.Politiness and courteous will help you. Do not ask for too much in one letter. Ordinary rules for amateur genealogists. Everton's Publishers will explain these rules and commonsense manner.Be patient.I have used the INTERNET with some success and others hitting walls. I was acquainted with INTERNET and placed some replies to an IN genealogy query and have not gotten two bites which I feel would help me. Not my direct line to a great-g-g grandfather Winn, but plugging away with patience.Be courteous and patience and use small town manners when dealing with U.S. Postal methods!!!!! Good LUCK.M. Winn.