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Life and Death in the Workhouse

Through Ruby surname individuals, Nikki Brown presents the challenge of researching those who were forced to the workhouses in Victorian England. So many of these people lived their life in the shadows, often leaving little lasting imprint in the core records family historians access.

A Racing Ruby: Lloyd Ruby motor racing superstar

Thanks to Paul Howes, we are able to celebrate American racer Lloyd Ruby ( 1928 - 2009) on what would have been his one hundredth birthday on January 12th.  For those who are speed aficionados, the Ruby surname study has something for everyone - read about Lloyd's life in sport. 


It’s not often that you run a newspaper search on someone and find more than 25,000 articles.This I did recently when I found reference to Lloyd Ruby.I’d either never heard of him ( a not unreasonable excuse because I’m British by origin!) or had forgotten.
As I read more, I came to appreciate the man for what he was: honest, unassuming, focused, hard-working, loved by his peers, loyal to his family and friends and, yes, unlucky.It’s a great pity that he is mostly remembered these days for not having won the Indianapolis 500.Consider his other achievements: he won seven USAC National Championship raceshe drove a privately-owned Lotus into the US Grand Prix in 1961, a feat impossible todayhe drove in 18 conse…