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Rutherford Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Rutherford Rutherfurd Rutherfoord
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About the Project

The Rutherford Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Rutherford name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Rutherford name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Rutherford's), by time period (18th Century Rutherford's), or by topic (Rutherford DNA, Rutherford Occupations, Rutherford Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

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How to Join

To join the Rutherford Name Study, first start out by browsing our current research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!

If a research page does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Gary (Wiegand) Harding for assistance.

... ... ... is a member of the Rutherford Name Study Project.

Once you are ready to go, you can also show your project affiliation with the ONS Member Sticker:


Research Pages

Here are some of the current research pages included in the study. I'll be working on them, and could use your help!


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My mother’s maiden name was Rutherford. I have done quite a bit of research and visited the Scottish borders to explore the Rutherford roots.
posted by Melissa Hunter

I have gone down the genetic geneaolgy path to try to figure out my Rutherford ancestors. I now run a project on FTDNA for one branch of the Rutherford tree and am a co-admin for the other branches of the Rutherford tree.

I would love to join this project and share the knowledge of what has been found with Y-DNA about the whole Rutherford tree, while also adding sources to existing profiles to develop a full picture of the Rutherford's throughout time.

Thanks, Leeta

posted by Leeta Rutherford

My maternal granddad was a Rutherford. I've added myself to the member list and will delve in.

Cheers, Brad

posted by Brad Fitzgerald
Hello! Would love to join. My maiden name is Rutherford, so long line of Roxburghshire Rutherfords on my paternal side.
posted by Virginia (Rutherford) Emerson
edited by Virginia (Rutherford) Emerson
I've restored all of Gary's excellent work until we're able to sort out the organization of the study. Thank you for your patience and undestanding.
posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hello! What great information on the Rutherford name! I don't know how active this project still is, but I would love to join. My grandmother was a Rutherford and I have several ancestors I can add to the list.
posted by Crystal White
Hi - this site concentrates on the history and evolution of the Rutherford name, not necessarily the genealogy.

best regards - Gary

posted by Gary (Wiegand) Harding
Understood. Do you know if there is a project that focuses on Rutherford genealogy? I looked through the one name studies and this is the only thing I found.
posted by Crystal White
Hi Crystal and Gary. As a Name Study, this project DOES focus on genealogy as it relates to the Rutherford Name. It is a world-wide surname study, so Gary is correct in the sense that it is not for a single family, but for all occurrences of the Rutherford surname. I'll reach out to you both by private message in regard to this.

Sincerely, Amy Gilpin WikiTrees One Name Studies Project Co-Leader

posted by Amy (Crawford) Gilpin
Hi Gary,

This is great. I've never met anyone who knows more about the Rutherford's than you do. So you are the perfect person to take this on!

Thanks so much for starting this, and if I can help in any way, let me know.


posted by Dave Rutherford