My very frustrating brick wall is my 2GGfather, Nicholas Edwards of Isle of Wight County, Va. I don't mind brick walls as much if they are farther back in the generations, but this one is particularly frustrating to me, because it's fairly recent, and it's right here in America, where I SHOULD be able to find him.
He was born between 1809 and 1814, based on census records. Either Isle of Wight County or Southampton, Ca. Va. I know the names of all his kids, and their spouses and their kids, but I can find nothing on any siblings or parents for him. There were a bazillion Edwards families in IoW at the time, but none seem to connect. He did swap some land (inherited by his wife) with a Joshua Edwards, but I have not been able to connect Joshua and Nick. I've been to the actual IoW courthouse numerous times to look for records, and I have even looked through the guardianship books, in hopes of learning something. But no.
Fortunately, with the advent of YDNA, we DO have some good matches, a couple with a genetic distance of 2, and several with matches of 3 and 5. All of them are in either NC, SC, Tenn or Arkansas. We are all working together, and I have the family trees of each one of those matches. So now I'm trying to find the nexus. Problem is, they all have a brick wall, too. Some of them go farther back than my NIck, but nothing to make the link. So I'll keep looking and see if I can slog through all these trees to find my NIck's dad.