One of my methods in conducting my genelogical research could be considered unorthodox by some, but has always worked to some degree for me. That method is called intuitive research or serendipity. In this method of research you depend on guesses, first thoughts, some deductive reasoning, happenstance, coincedence to move you towards the next level of research or complete missing gaps in research. Information just seems to come out of nowhere for you and links you to a long lost relative or relatives.
In his book "Psychic Roots: Serendipity and Intuition in Genealogy", author Henry Z. Jones relates his own experiences and those of other genealogy researchers who have experienced this type of phenomena.
My suggestion to those who are open to seeking help from their long deceased ancestors to find their family history is to just say a short prayer of request for their assistance in locating information about the family and then get to work. The information will come. You just have to trust that it will.