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  • Don Johnston
    In trying to research and locate spouses and their families we often forget or don t take into account the simple things of so many years ago, the statements
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 15, 2011
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      In trying to research and locate spouses and their families we often forget or don’t take into account the simple things of so many years ago, the statements below are a timely research reminder…

       

      Don

       

      The Paddy Casey Rule:

      In my family history research I constantly make use of the 5-mile rule, i.e. that spouses were usually found within a 5-mile radius of the index person's house because that was the distance a suitor could walk of an evening and, after an evenings courting, get back home in time for a hard day's work the next day.

       

      The Hugh Weir Rule:

      In another version of this rule which applies to the horse-and-carriage set:

      intermarriages usually occurred within a 20-mile radius, the distance a horse and carriage could easily undertake.

       

    • newyork10801
      I wonder if a couple met in church and both were from the opposite far reaches of the parish, if this rule would necessarily apply?
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 16, 2011
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        I wonder if a couple met in church and both were from the opposite far reaches of the parish, if this rule would necessarily apply?


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        > The Paddy Casey Rule:
        >
        > In my family history research I constantly make use of the 5-mile rule, i.e.
        > that spouses were usually found within a 5-mile radius of the index person's
        > house because that was the distance a suitor could walk of an evening and,
        > after an evenings courting, get back home in time for a hard day's work the
        > next day.
        >
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