Joanne Ruby fan chart

Walter asked about what kind of graphics we can do with the family tree. The program I use has a lot of output options. Most are very large, either horizontally or vertically. One format called a fan chart is compact enough for the confines of the blog. As an example, here is a four-generation fan chart for Joanne. You can see we have a lot of work to do on the Herman Ringel sector. Hopefully, there will soon be a Ze'ev interview.

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Resources referenced in the It's Legendary! article


Patti S. Borda, "Myth buster’ uncovers family's real Civil War story," Frederick News Post, April 2013. 

Connie Lenzen, "Heritage Books and Family Lore: A Jackson Test in Missouri and Idaho," NGS Quarterly, March 1998

Kimberly Powell, Family Legends - Fiction or Fact?, Genealogy web site

Daniel Ruby and Walter Ruby, Spektor-Rabinowitz blog postings, Ruby Family History Project on Family History Machine web site <>

Walter Ruby, “A Few Things Are Illuminated: A Wild and Crazy Roots Trip to the Old Country,” archived at from an original publication in Long Island Jewish Week, Jan. 22, 2008, “To Hatch a Thief,” 

Lindsay Swadling, “Family Legends - can they be trusted?,” archived on RootsWeb from an original publication in Descent, December 1984 

Rabbi Meir Wunder, "The Reliability of Genealogical Research in Modern Rabbinic Literature,” republished at Rav-SIG Online Journal from an original publication in Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy, Winter 1995.


Board for Certification of Genealogists, The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual (Ancestry Inc., 2000)

Robert Todd Carroll, Becoming a Critical Thinker (Prentice Hall, 2000)

Robert Todd Carroll, Unnatural Acts: Critical Thinking, Skepticism, and Science Exposed (James Randi Educational Foundation, 2011)

Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (National Genealogical Society. 2013)

Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to 

Cyberspace (Genealogical Publishing Co., 2007)

Milton Rubicam, Pitfalls in Genealogical Research (Ancestry Inc., 1987)

Ephraim Shimoff, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Spektor—Life and Letters, (Sura Institute, 1959)


Rabbi Isaac Elchanon Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University, The Story of RIETS video

Board for Certification of Genealogists, The Genealogical Proof Standard

National Genealogical Society, Genealogical Standards and Guidelines


Download a PDF of the Family Tree published article

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