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For questions about interpreting dates in genealogical sources in the context of historic calendar systems.

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Interpreting genealogical dates [duplicate]

Example: So when was Mary actually baptized? 1744 or 1745 ? Is there something I need to understand about why it would have been reported with two different dates?
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Interpreting dates in German church registers from 18th century?

Working with 18th century church records, I found two confusing date entries that I have a hard time wrapping my head around: The records are from the Untertürkheimer Kirchenbuch (1694-1800), which ...
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Reading Latin date description in 18th century German church record?

This record of my x-gg's brother shows a wedding date recorded from the church calendar. What does this mean? (I read the header as "Fer. II Pascs." -- is that perchance Easter Monday?)
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Recording dates from old documents?

This is a follow-up to: Interpreting 17th century German dates? In documents available to me I have both absolute dates (e.g., 2 March 1648) and relative dates (e.g., 2. post trin. 1649). Since the ...
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Interpreting 17th century German dates?

I am working on the biography of a distant relative, Anna Bertschinger. The hand-written notes I got handed down from my grandfather state: verm. 2. post trin. 1649 I understand that this refers ...
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Determining date for Quaker wedding?

A wedding invitation states: Fourth day, fourth month eleventh What is the date for a non Quaker guest?
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What does “living 15 Rich. II” mean for the year an ancestor was alive in England?

What does "living 15 Rich. II" mean for the year an ancestor was alive in England? This is a notation used in the British Roots of Maryland Families II by Robert W. Barnes regarding the Bysshe Family....
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What month does Xemb. mean?

I find The Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Va., from 1653 to 1812 that reads in part: Sarah Trigg ye dautr of Daniell & Susannah Trigg baptz 26th of Xemb. 1686 I'm guessing ...
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Should the GRO Birth Index year be entered as birth year?

The GRO Index, both the old and new versions, is the cornerstone of genealogy in England and Wales. So much so that for years I have been making certain assumptions based on GRO Index data. For ...
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Calculating accurate durations between two historical dates, is it even possible?

Some popular genealogy programs calculate durations (the time elapsed between two dates) as a convenience. For example, informing you of a calculated length of life, and/or the age of an individual on ...
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Meaning of “Tuesday last” and “Monday week”?

I'm reading a newspaper article from Friday, 10 Feb 1843, from the Coventry Herald: In the births, marriages, and deaths column, dates are commonly represented as "On the 2nd inst." or "On the 29th ...
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Puzzling Swiss/French date abbreviation?

Does anyone know what the capital 'I' might represent in this date? There is no French month that begins with 'I', and the document uses numbers for months as well as spelled out month names ...
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What are the dates on these documents?

This document from a Mississippi probate record has what appears to be a date at the top: Later on the page, I see: The following page shows this date: What are these dates? Is what looks to me ...
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Proper British birth date syntax?

I happened to come across a Wikipedia page that showed birth dates of a man's children and wives. Their birth dates appeared to have the format, "b. Q4, 1968" as opposed to what his birth date was ...
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How to interpret Quaker dates entered after 1752 but referring to before 1752?

Consider the following Quaker document: http://sharing.ancestry.com/5454387?h=94e830 Which Ancestry.com shows as having these details for Hannah Wright: Name: Hannah Wright Birth Date: 27 Nov ...
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Interpreting Quaker dates in eleventh or twelfth month with only one year?

If I have a Quaker date that only lists one year and is in the eleventh or twelfth month, should I assume it is Julian year and not Gregorian? For example, see this entry: http://sharing.ancestry....
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What does this Y symbol abbreviate in a Quaker birth record?

You can view the document here: http://sharing.ancestry.com/5447249?h=386203 For each birth, it reads something like this example: Mary Wright (Daughter of James Wright & Mary his wife) was ...
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Interpreting 29 Feb 1797 (non-leap year) for baptism of Thomas Hitchcox in Lapley, Staffordshire, England?

The baptism record of my 3rd great grandfather Thomas Hitchcox (son of Thomas and Hannah) at Lapley, Staffordshire, England, appears to clearly state the date of that event as being 29 Feb 1797 (see ...
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What is the significance of the character “j” at the end of a Roman Numeral?

While using an old (1907) book of transcriptions (on-line) The Parish Register of Gargrave in the County of York , I was puzzled by the number of dates recorded in the 16th and early 17th centuries ...
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October 2nd or 20th?

Below is an image I'm trying studying to find a marriage date. It's either the 2nd or 20th of October, 1834. I know that in some handwriting they used an ordinal indicator such as 1o to signify first, ...
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Dates in 19th century German records

Recently, I had some German (Pfalz, Bavaria) records from the ealry 1800s translated. The records contained dates that were specified in an unusual format, and I was curious to know what these were. ...
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What is a “double date”?

What is a "double date"? Why do I sometimes see dates written as January 13, 1718/1719? See also: How do I write the year with a double date?
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How do I write the year with a double date?

If I have a date on a birth certificate that says: "January 13, 1719", do I write the year as 1719, 1718/19, or 1719/20 (the latter two being double dates). What if the date is April 28, 1719? ...