Genealogy double dating

The Date Editor in Gramps 3.0 looked like: In Gramps 3.1, we have added two features for dates: The second of these required a database change, as we now store a new code with each date to indicate the new year day.This now gives one the ability to better document dates in particular times and places in history.

Genealogy double dating

The following article was written by my friend, Bill Dollarhide: If you have evidence that a man had died ten months before a certain child was born, it would seem to exclude that man as the potential father of that child.

But, if the calendar dates changed during the man’s life, it would be necessary to be very precise in determining the exact date of death — and he may qualify as the potential father after all.

Thus, English reports on the Spanish Armada of 1588 record events as taking place ten days earlier than Spanish reports do. May 1, 1593, for example, was a Tuesday in the Julian calendar but a Saturday in the Gregorian calendar.

Then there's the matter of double dating, as in February 2, 1555/6.

The new data entry screen currently looks like: Dual dated dates (also called "double dating", "slash dates", and sometimes "Old Style/New Style" dates) appear like Jan 23, 1735/6.

Often mistaken as a year uncertainty, this actually has a specific historic meaning.

The dual dated date represents a time when an area was in a transition between moving to January 1 as the beginning of the new year.

Thus Jan 23, 1735/6 is an indication to make it clear what date is being referred to.

The dates of birth, marriage, and death of the women in A Who's Who of Tudor Women, along with the life dates of their parents, husbands, and children, should all be treated with caution, especially birth dates. In addition, records from the sixteenth century, other than parish registers, are notoriously unreliable when it comes to dates. All too often, online genealogies blithely list children as being born before their mothers were or years after the death of their fathers.

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