Do you ever use boolean searches? "And, "or", "not", and (*) are the most common. I might search for my greatgrandmother thus " Gr* Barrient*. Sometimes you get great results. Or do you ever write letters? I think that's a lost art. I wrote letters all the time way back when. I was researching my husband's ancestors and they were from New York. So here I am in Texas. There were no computers then. So I wrote letters, to funeral homes, chuches, cemeteries, etc. Somet
I have found that when I'm looking for an ancestor that I'm having difficulty finding, I have better success if I write down everything I know about that ancestor. I write down everything in a list form, rather than a paragraph. Then I know where I'm at. Then I list everywhere I want to look. A research plan is next, with a question from the list. Then I make short notes on where I want to research based on my research plan. I keep these as part of that person's file.
Do you use other websites for genealogy other than the well-known sites like Ancestry or Family Search? If you haven't tried it, look into Pinterest. Create a board for anything related to Genealogy. You'll find other sites that you can look into. Some sites have ideas on how to treat your photos of your ancestors or filing ideas or organizing ideas or where to look for forms, etc. Take a look and I guarantee you'll find something.