If you are researching an ancestor prior to 1857 in the U.K. or 1900 in America, it is futile to try to find an official government record of birth, unless the information is contained within some other document.
At best it's because they are attracted to lesbians - even as futile as that attraction may be, Chasing Amy filled many a guy's head with the idea that he can have a romantic relationship with a lesbian.
She sighed at the futile thoughts.
Several futile attempts have been made to draw conclusions as to the intelligence of various birds.
The pity of it is that he should have squandered his powers in a futile attempt to create an entirely new category of literature.
French influence made futile his attempt to come to an understanding with the emperor Louis the Bavarian.
His negotiations with Russia proved futile, and after a year's absence he returned to New York.
He settled in England as a West India merchant, making another futile attempt to enter parliament.
In addition to his native tongue he could read Latin and understood Greek, but he was unable to write, and Einhard gives an account of his futile efforts to learn this art in later life.
He displays his own vanity, frivolity and futile cleverness with much unconscious humour, but, it is only fair to allow, with some literary dexterity.