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Our Genealogy Helper for Ruby ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Ruby (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Ruby. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Ruby is located in Madison County.

To see how the shape of Montana's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Madison County: Fremont (ID), Beaverhead, Gallatin, Jefferson & Silver Bow.

Below are the counties that are near Ruby. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Ruby:

  • Madison County     (The home county of Ruby)
    • Alder [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Alder
      • Alder [Madison County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Ruby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Alder have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Alder
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Alder<3>
    • Nevada City [Madison County] - Historic
    • Central City [Madison County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Central City
      • Central City [Madison County] was located 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the east of Ruby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Central City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Virginia City [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Virginia City
      • Virginia City [Madison County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Ruby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 225 people
      • Former names for Virginia City:
      • Varina
      • Verina
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Virginia City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Virginia City<3>
    • Sheridan [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sheridan
      • Sheridan [Madison County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 771 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sheridan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sheridan
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sheridan<3>
    • Ennis [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ennis
      • Ennis [Madison County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the east of Ruby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,042 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ennis have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ennis
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ennis<3>
    • McAllister [Madison County]
    • Twin Bridges [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Twin Bridges
      • Twin Bridges [Madison County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 434 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Twin Bridges have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Twin Bridges
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Twin Bridges<3>
    • Cameron [Madison County]
    • Mammoth [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mammoth
      • Mammoth [Madison County] lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Ruby
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mammoth
    • Pony [Madison County] - Historic
    • Strawberry [Madison County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Strawberry
      • Strawberry [Madison County] was located 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the north of Ruby
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Strawberry. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<4>
  • Beaverhead County
    • Dillon [Beaverhead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dillon
      • Dillon [Beaverhead County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Ruby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,333 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dillon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dillon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dillon<3>
    • Glen [Beaverhead County]
  • Gallatin County
    • Big Sky [Gallatin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Big Sky
      • Big Sky [Gallatin County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the east of Ruby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Big Sky have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Big Sky
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Big Sky<3>
    • Willow Creek [Gallatin County]
  • Jefferson County
    • Cardwell [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cardwell
      • Cardwell [Jefferson County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the north of Ruby
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cardwell have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cardwell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cardwell<3>
    • Whitehall [Jefferson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whitehall
      • Whitehall [Jefferson County] lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the north of Ruby
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,160 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Whitehall have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whitehall
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Whitehall<3>
  • Silver Bow County

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Ruby, see our County-by-County Page for Ruby.

Newspapers Published in Ruby ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Ruby.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Ruby, there are papers which were published within 37 miles [59.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Ruby.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Ruby:

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Montana

Cemeteries Near Ruby ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Ruby.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Ruby covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

  • Taylor Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Taylor Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Taylor Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Taylor Cemetery
  • Laurin Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Laurin Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Laurin Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laurin Cemetery
  • Nevada City Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Nevada City Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Nevada City Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nevada City Cemetery
  • Boothill Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Boothill Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Boothill Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Boothill Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Ruby.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boothill Cemetery
  • Virginia City Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Virginia City Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Virginia City Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Virginia City Cemetery lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Ruby.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Virginia City Cemetery
  • Sheridan Cemetery
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Sheridan Cemetery
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Sheridan Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Sheridan Cemetery lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruby.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sheridan Cemetery
  • Continue List ...
    • Upper Ruby Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Upper Ruby Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Upper Ruby Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Upper Ruby Cemetery lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Ruby.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Upper Ruby Cemetery
    • Twin Bridges Cemetery
    • Ennis Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Ennis Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Ennis Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Ennis Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the east of Ruby.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ennis Cemetery
    • Madison Valley Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Madison Valley Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Madison Valley Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Madison Valley Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the east of Ruby.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Madison Valley Cemetery
    • McAllister Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the McAllister Cemetery
      • McAllister Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northeast of Ruby.
      • McAllister Cemetery has also been known as:
      • Meadow Creek Cemetery
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on McAllister Cemetery
    • Masonic Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Masonic Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Masonic Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Masonic Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruby.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Masonic Cemetery
    • Point of Rocks Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Point of Rocks Cemetery
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for the Point of Rocks Cemetery have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Point of Rocks Cemetery lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the west of Ruby.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Point of Rocks Cemetery
    • Evans Cemetery
    • Bird Cemetery
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for the Bird Cemetery
      • Bird Cemetery lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruby.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bird Cemetery

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<5>

While we didn't find Ruby in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Ruby.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Ruby, with the one closest to Ruby listed first.

  • Laurin [Madison County] - Historic
    • While Laurin was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Laurin
    • Laurin [Madison County] was located 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruby
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 72 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Laurin had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Laurin have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Virginia City [Madison County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Virginia City
    • Virginia City [Madison County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the east of Ruby
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 675 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 225 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Virginia City had a post office and railroad service
    • Former names for Virginia City:
    • Varina
    • Verina
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Virginia City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Virginia City<3>
  • Sheridan [Madison County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sheridan
    • Sheridan [Madison County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruby
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 207 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 771 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Sheridan had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sheridan have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sheridan
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sheridan<3>
  • Ennis [Madison County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ennis
    • Ennis [Madison County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the east of Ruby
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 49 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,042 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Ennis had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ennis have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ennis
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ennis<3>
  • Twin Bridges [Madison County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Twin Bridges
    • Twin Bridges [Madison County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the northwest of Ruby
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 185 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 434 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Twin Bridges had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Twin Bridges have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Twin Bridges
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Twin Bridges<3>
  • Cameron [Madison County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cameron
    • Cameron [Madison County] lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Ruby
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Cameron had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cameron
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cameron<3>
  • Continue List ...
    • Pony [Madison County] - Historic
      • While Pony was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pony
      • Pony [Madison County] was located 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the north of Ruby
      • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 207 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Pony had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pony<3>
    • Norris [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Norris
      • Norris [Madison County] lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Ruby
      • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Norris had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Norris
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Norris<3>
    • Silver Star [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silver Star
      • Silver Star [Madison County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Ruby
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 65 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Silver Star had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silver Star
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Silver Star<3>
    • Dillon [Beaverhead County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dillon
      • Dillon [Beaverhead County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the west of Ruby
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,012 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,333 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Dillon had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dillon have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dillon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Dillon<3>
    • Red Bluff [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Red Bluff
      • Red Bluff [Madison County] lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the northeast of Ruby
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 68 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Red Bluff had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Red Bluff have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Red Bluff
    • Harrison [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harrison
      • Harrison [Madison County] lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Ruby
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 22 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Harrison had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harrison
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Harrison<3>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Ruby. See our List of 1890's Communities around Ruby.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for Montana

About Madison County

About Montana

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Ruby. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Montana: https://mt.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Ruby) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ruby. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.3283, Longitude: -112.0864       In this case, the coordinates for Ruby have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<5>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Ruby, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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