Post by rex
The two people were Joseph RUDD, sentanced 1817 and Mary DOCKERTY
sentanced 1832 May be if I had framed the question in terms of
just one of them my problem might have been more obvious. I have
traced Joseph Rudd back, in Australia to his transportation and then
obtained transcrips of his appearances January 15th 1817 in the Old
Bailey from their web site. I have nothing about him (or his
common law wife) in England other than his transportation documents
and the afore mentioned transcrips.While I am serious about my
research I am in total ignorance as to what might be available
beyond what I know. I am sorry if my ignorance offends some, but
if I don't ask how do I find out?
1. Get out of the stupid practice of top posting.
2. Get into the sensible practice of lurking before asking.
3. Get down to the hard work of following up the leads you can
easily find by lurking in or searching the archives of a group.
4. Read books on genealogy, free in your local library..
5. Read the Newbie's Guide on the web on a site I won't tell you
how to find. If you can't find it you are NOT 'serious' about
6. Realise that asking others to do the work for you is NOT the
answer. There are plenty of ways of learning without asking questions
which only betray your own ignorance.
7 Genealogy is not a freebie and the right of everybody. If it is
to be done it requires a lot of work and some money. Those with a vast
heap of money can get it done by hiring a pro, but no pro can bring to
the study the knowledge of family styories and artefacts that the
person themselves has - if only they realised it.
8. There is no quick fix and no certainty. A chance discovery years
or decades on can add or chop off entire branches of the carefully
constructed family tree. All genealogy is a work in progress. The
'chance'isn't a real chance. It is the product of a lot of work and
detailed attention over very long times. All alleged quick fixes are
garbage or con tricks.
9. What newsgroups are really about. There is vastly more knowledge
held in human heads than is ever going to appear on the internet. If
you can access it on the net, it is down to you to do so. When you
can't find it that way, then you tap the collective non-Net knowledge
of all in a newsgroup relevant to the subject. There is no system in
this form of tapping and no guatrantee that someone reading your post
happens to be the one person with the non-Net knowledge you need. But
this is the point, and not until this point, when 'if you don't ask
you don't get.'
10. If you do 1-9, then the possibility arises that you will
yourself be a contributor of non-Net knowledge. That is you are
potentially a valuable member of the collective. No one will keep
count, but knowing you occasionally provide answers to others'
questions will generate more answers to your questions. What gets
short shrift on newsgroups is the person who is all take and no give.