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Outside your geographical comfort zone?Some tips to help in a one-name study.

In my own one-name study, I have been to different countries both virtually and in person to conduct research.The effort to date has been primarily in the Channel Islands, pre-confederation Newfoundland, Canada, England, a very little bit of France, and some beginning research in the United States. I am fortunate to have a reasonable degree of fluency in French, which I have used quite a bit in old Jersey documents, although the Jersey dialect itself, known as J√®rrais, is definitely beyond me.Thank goodness a lot of old documents followed the Norman tradition of “standard” French.
The Ruby project presents quite an interesting experience for those who have not strayed far from home in their one-name study research.It is unlikely that any version of Ruby has its origins in the United Kingdom, despite a longstanding presence in southwestern England and in parts of Ireland.Preliminary reading suggests that for b…
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Field Notes from our Washington Correspondent

From time to time, our Washington correspondent will share his experiences as a Ruby One-Name Study volunteer.  Mark starts with Ruby families who first appear in the 1900 Census as a resident of Washington.  As Mark describes in his post, people do not stay within state boundaries. Find out how the Washington researcher became a Pennsylvania researcher! It also highlights how a one-name study differs from researching your own line - there are no clues from family stories and knowledge to help you along the path. 

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My first Ruby tree started out with James Ruby, a middle-aged bachelor logger living in 1900 in the Cascade Mountains foothills southeast of Seattle. James was born about 1852 and came west from York County, Pennsylvania, certainly sometime after the 1870 census and possibly before the 1880 census, in which I was unable to locate him (Washington didn't gain statehood until 1889, but was included as a territory i…
Learnings from the Ruby study#1 – Impact of the new GRO index One of the first things to do when starting out on a new One-Name Study is to construct some core data sets.Apart from being a requirement set by the Guild, there are several other reasons why it makes sense to do this. 1.These lists act as helpful checklists as one reconstructs families 2.They can also be a useful reminder of the scale of the study in different countries and thus possibly aid in decision-making about where to start 3.As one notes which individuals from each data set have been included the notes can be used as a means of checking progress and ultimately for answering the question, “How will you know you have finished?”
The initial Ruby team constructed core data sets for several countries: notably Canada, England and Wales, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and the USA.The original England and Wales data set chosen was the 1881 census.We thought it might be interesting to add in births, deaths and marriage…