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Breaking down walls, a family reunion and a Lewis family search

Lallie Benkoski has found a picture of Louise Smith of Thomson taken in 1919. Lallie thinks that some of Louise's descendants might be interested in seeing this photograph that appeared in the annual, "The Crystal, 1919" published by the Students of The State Normal School, Athens, GA. The caption under the photo reads, "Louise Smith, Thomson, GA. She sang and caroled out so clear." She is listed in the Senior Dramatic Work in Expression and played in the play, "Engaged By Wednesday." If you are interested, you can contact Lallie at 229-432-2614 or

I am looking for any descendants of Robert C. Lewis born March 18, 1849 and died May 25, 1915. He is buried at Marshall Baptist Church Cemetery in McDuffie County. You can contact me at 556-8510. If that number is busy, you can try 833-9543 or

The annual Dozier Family Reunion will be held May 29 at the White Oak Campground at 10 a.m. Bring a covered dish. There will be a short family history presentation with the remainder of the time spent in eating and fellowship.

Have you ever hit a "brick wall" in your research?

When you have exhausted all leads and come up with nothing, you have hit a brick wall. Brick walls happen all the time and they can be very frustrating.

One way to avoid brick walls is to keep detailed records on what you have already searched. You don't want to waste time pursuing a lead that you have already determined to be a dead end. Research logs and correspondence logs are very important.

When I hit a brick wall, I will lay that particular dilemma aside for a while and work on something else. Sometimes I will forget all about it for several months. When I go back to it, I find that I can view it with a fresh and open mind, seeing things that I wasn't able to see before. If I have been working on related lines, I sometimes uncover something that will help me with the original problem.

One thing you can do when you have a brick wall is send out pleas to other researchers. There are e-mail mailing lists for every county in the United States as well as every known surname. You can join these mailing lists and ask if anyone happens to know the person you are looking for. You can join these mailing lists, as well as search the mailing list archives, at

Don't let the brick walls get to you. When the walls finally tumble down, you will forget all about the countless hours spent trying to break through.

Web posted on Thursday, April 22, 2004

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