Great advice and so true.
On 9/25/06, Garry Wilson <garrywilson(a)bigpond.com> wrote:
Its interesting in this day and age how we expect to get so much for
Unfortunately there is no way for anyone to acquire all the evidence to
substantiate a properly researched and accurate family tree without spending
some time and effort and ultimately some money in that endeavour. There is
simply no substitute for personally obtaining or at least sighting the
evidence yourself. It is also preferable to have documentary evidence (in
the form of copies) to substantiate your findings later. (And one should
always remember to write down the references LOL)
Maybe one day the whole of every government and private repository will be
scanned and out there in www land, but until then we have to rely on
physical means of retrieval etc. (and even when it is out there, don't
think you won't have paid for it in taxes etc).
Of course it is not always convenient to get somewhere to do stuff
yourself. So you have to rely on the service provider itself or there is
the proverbial SKS who might be able to lend a hand. But don't forget,
people who do looks up etc spend their own time and whatever else it costs
to get to libraries and pay for parking etc. A day parking in Sydney will
cost you more than $22.00. I just paid $32 for three hours for the pleasure
of having root canal therapy. There is no way you can avoid feeding the
genealogy bug without putting something in the meter. Even therapy to
overcome the addiction will set you back heaps.
So it has been said that there is no such thing as a free lunch, and there
is definately no such thing as a free hunch as far as genealogy is
concerned. You want proof of something .... well, its going to cost you
someway or other. Unless you can do everything yourself, sooner or later,
you are going to have to pay for a service somewhere.
So personally, I don't think 22 bucks is too bad for the effort the good
folks at the AOT put in. I've visited there on four or five trips from
Sydney (no idea of the total cost, but obviously more than $22) and on one
trip alone obtained in excess of $2000 worth of photocopying. If you want
it, sometimes you just gotta pay for it. Helps me with my research and it
helps me with helping enquiries.
The real trouble is tho, that if you don't actually get the evidence
either yourself or by relying on agencies like the AOT or other kind souls
to help out, and only rely instead on what someone merely reports to you,
I'm afraid the result may be flawed. I really hope that people don't trust
what I say, but check out the primary sources themselves. Time and again,
in my travels around the net, I see stuff that makes me wince. And once its
out there, no matter how much it was unsubstantiated in the first place, it
seems to take on a veracity of its own.
So to Don who is looking for a way of sorting out his Henry Westons, I
suggest that if you want to know which Henry Weston is which, you do need to
get copies of all the marriage certificates, all the convict records, and
check all the permissions to marry just for starters. All of that is, dare
I say it, relatively cheap. And rather than have some one tell you which
one is which, I think I would like to hear from you, as to which one you
think is which. I like to help people sort out tricky problems (as I'm sure
many others do) but I also recognise that each researcher has to do their
bit with what is readily available to them. Besides, there's no fun like
doing it yourself.
> Message: 3
> Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2006 23:15:55 +1000
> From: "Don & Gail Weston" <mazfaz(a)optusnet.com.au>
> Subject: [AUS-Tas] CENSUS
> To: <AUS-Tasmania-L(a)rootsweb.com>
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> Hi, I am researching Henry WESTON and found Census references fro the
> Weston Henry 1848 Hobart CEN1/87 111
> Weston Henry 1851 Launceston CEN1/109 70
> Weston Henry 1842 Norfolk Plains CEN1/33 155
> Weston James 1848 New Norfolk CEN1/92 154
> Weston W P 1842 Norfolk Plains CEN1/30 183
> According to the AOT a cost of $1.10 per page if I can visit the public
search room, but a base charge of $22.00 plus otherwise.
> I only need to know which Henry is which, does anyone know of any other
means to access this information. I don't mind paying the $1.10 plus postage
but $22 is a bit over the top.
> Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
> Yours sincerely,
> Don Weston
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