There are many tips out there for breaking brick walls. I use timelines as well as other tips. Whether it's searching with only first names, surnames, using the mortality schedules or other tips, I keep trying. One of the ways I also try is by using a timeline. Show the family in the census, including the children every ten years, Show the births, deaths, marriages if possible. Look at what other information is out there. Place it in the timeline. Show the neighbors in each census. Use an excel spreadsheet so that you can write as much information as you can.