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Puzzling Swiss/French date abbreviation?

I think if you delve deeper you may find that the "I" is the Roman numeral for 1 and represents the month of January. I think Roman numerals are being used for months to avoid confusion between date ...
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What does "living 15 Rich. II" mean for the year an ancestor was alive in England?

This format of this date is called a Regnal year. It was commonly used in England, and is simply the number of years into the reign of the named monarch. A list of regnal years of English monarchs is ...
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What month does Xemb. mean?

I may be stating the obvious here, but as the etymology of this abbreviation is not covered in PolyGeo's answer: Xember and its associated abbreviations are using X, the Roman numeral 10, to ...
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Interpreting 17th century German dates?

original, probably an exact transcript of the church register entry "verm. 2. post trin. 1649" with abbreviations expanded, German and Latin "vermahlt 2. [Sonntag] post Trinitatis 1649" ...
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Format a large amount of dates

A GEDCOM file is a text file. You can open it up in a text editor and do "search and replace". I would suggest 12 different replacements; one for each month. For example, replace " juni ...
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What month does Xemb. mean?

To be more confident that "Xemb. means December" (which I suspect it probably does) you could look at slightly earlier entries in the same set of records for abbreviations like VIIemb., VIIIob./...
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Recording dates from old documents?

The GEDCOM standard allows for a date that is interpreted from another date. The keyword "INT" indicates that what follows is the Gregorian DATE you've interpreted followed by the DATE_PHRASE you ...
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Should the GRO Birth Index year be entered as birth year?

Using birth date and birth registration data from my one-place study, I was able to assess how many births occurred in the year they were registered. The data is from all the individuals on the 1939 ...
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What are the dates on these documents?

As suggested by Jan, I looked at adjacent documents, where I found this: That seems to answer my question: The date is January 9, 1879. What looks like a "6" is really "th" (or the equivalent).
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Calculating accurate durations between two historical dates, is it even possible?

You are correct in that interpreting dates of events a few hundred years ago is fraught with difficulty. If you extrapolate today's calendar system backwards, you find the changes that you describe - ...
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Meaning of "Tuesday last" and "Monday week"?

The extra information in your Bradford Observer record looks helpful. It appears that the marriages and deaths are given in reverse chronological order, starting "yesterday". The publication date was ...
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Format a large amount of dates

This is intended to be a supplement to the earlier answer for users who need a bit more information about editing text files. I'll start by repeating the excellent advice which was given already. ...
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Puzzling Swiss/French date abbreviation?

My partner who is Swiss agrees that it is a roman numeral "I" and stands for the first month of the year, i.e., January.
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Should the GRO Birth Index year be entered as birth year?

As you suggest the quarter of registration provides direct evidence of that fact only - when that particular registration took place, not of the birth date of the child. Given that local registrars ...
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Meaning of "Tuesday last" and "Monday week"?

I would not assume, as in this answer, that all of the events in the newspaper column are past events. The phrase "next Monday" can be ambiguous. In the Southern USA, "Monday week" is used to ...
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Dating entry in Collections for a history of Staffordshire

The obvious answer is that that 20th May, 13 E. IV is a regnal date - specifically it refers to the 20th May in the 13th year of the reign of Edward IV. The complication is that Edward IV reigned from ...
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Interpreting dates in German church registers from 18th century?

"Marriage records" lump together a number of different documents that can be found in German church marriage registers. Looking at the page or section headers* is important in order to identify what ...
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Reading Latin date description in 18th century German church record?

I read the date as "Fer. II. Pasch.", that is the 2nd feastday of Easter -- your interpretation of the Monday following Easter Sunday is valid. Fer. = ferias (holiday) Pasch. = Pascha (Easter) For ...
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What does "living 15 Rich. II" mean for the year an ancestor was alive in England?

Normally that notation means the year of the reign - starting with 1 Henry N or whatever. Except that the notation doesn't work for Henry V who only reigned 1413-1422.... So either I'm wrong or the ...
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Determining date for Quaker wedding?

Quakers did not like to use the weekdays and months that were named after Pagan gods, therefore they used numbers instead. Fourth day = Wednesday (the first day being Sunday) Fourth month = April (...
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What does "living 15 Rich. II" mean for the year an ancestor was alive in England?

Henry V had only 10 regnal years, so the notation "14 Hen. V" must have an error. My guess is that it should be "14 Hen. VI". I'm assuming that the source is a printed book, a secondary summary of ...
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Date representation in GEDCOM X for calendars other than Gregorian

Gedcom X only allows Gregorian dates. In the Date Format specification that you give the link to, see Section 4 of Calendaring System, where they state: "Dates MUST be specified using the ...
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Help on date written in Suetterlin

As a first note, this would actually be Kurrentschrift rather than Seutterlin based on the time it was written. From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:D%C3%A4nische_Kurrentschrift.png, the capital D ...
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Meaning of "Tuesday last" and "Monday week"?

If we assume that the events being reported are past events, which seems reasonable, then maybe an analogy can be drawn between how "this/last month" are described and how "this/last week" might be ...
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