At the GPS general meeting on 21 Nov., Terry and Jim Willard spoke to us about overcoming research obstacles. They first examined some of the more prevalent causes of dead ends (such as the absence of primary source document, name changes, gender problems, etc.).
This was followed by an approach to attack those dead ends by constructing and executing a good research plan. Jim explained the S-O-L-V-E acronym to remember the steps in doing this: Survey the problem, Organize your information, Locate relevant material, Verify you data, and Evaluate your findings.
This was a very helpful session and I hope you were able to attend. Here is a picture of Terry and Jim getting ready for their presentation.