Have you attended or joined your local genealogy or historical society? You are missing out on a valuable resource for your research.
It amazes me as I travel across Ohio and Michigan on the subject of genealogy how few people attend the meeting. With the creation of TV programs covering the subject and the aggressive marketing of Ancestry in all medias the research of one's family is very popular. A missing component to your research is collaborating with like minded folks in your community on the subject of genealogy and history. Many of the members are more than willing to share with others concerning ways to conduct their genealogy and get over many of the brick walls. The projects of indexing records or taking cemetery censuses is invaluable resource for current genealogist as well as those into the future. These projects are coordinated at this level. They need your help in participating.
Another important component is the programming that is offered normally on a monthly basis that will help you learn about genealogy. Yes, lot's of this can be found on line these days, but the local meetings offer a local flavor. You also get the immediate gratification of getting your questions answered by a genuine person.
If you are a member of a group make sure they advertise. The groups I find with the best turnout have sent press releases to the local paper of radio stations. Please help support these groups you don't know what you are missing.