My dad's side of the family has multiple brick wall ancestors as when the ancestor that came across landed here, all records or at the very least the majority of the records I'm looking for have disappeared. I know that both sides of my dad's family came to the United States in the late 1880s to 1890s. My dad's mom's side is Schensul and I have records stating that they are either from Lithuania or Russia depending on the record. My dad's dad's side is Hawthorne and I know that the family left from Ireland. One of the main issues is that I know when the parents were born but I can't find that much on their parents, and considering the time they were born in 1849, I am highly doubtful that my 3rd great grandparents were both only children. 3rd great grandparents from Ireland were David Hawthorne and Agnes McBride Hawthorne both born 1849/1850 respectively. Morris Schensul was my 2nd great grandfather born 1870 in Telshe, Lithuania and was married to Ida Cushman born 1875 in Russia. I have more information on the Cushman side of the family from a family tree my grandmother made when she was young. I'm not sure how family bibles were passed on, whether someone would start a new one when they married, or if the family bible stayed with the oldest male child and got passed down that way. I'm sorry if this is a bit disjointed, I'm trying to figure out how to find relatives when I can't find records that are probably in a different country and if there are family records somewhere.