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Offline Sandy Hall

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Old Dates/New Dates prior to 1752
« on: Friday 13 October 17 11:23 BST (UK) »
Hi All.

I wondered if any other transcribers put the 2 years on baptisms etc like freereg do. I know when at the Record Office a few years ago I was told to note Jan 25 1745 as 1745/6.

I would prefer to just note as 1746 but would it be wrong.

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Re: Old Dates/New Dates prior to 1752
« Reply #1 on: Friday 13 October 17 11:51 BST (UK) »
I would prefer to just note as 1746 but would it be wrong.


I woulld much prefer that, too - but where I've tried doing that, I've always ended up going back to check whether I meant 1745/6 or 1746/7.

So I have reluctantly settled for 1745/6 at the moment. It is at least unambiguous, and everyone, including me, knows what I mean!
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Re: Old Dates/New Dates prior to 1752
« Reply #2 on: Friday 13 October 17 12:59 BST (UK) »
The dual dating system is unambiguous when used correctly.

The year prior to 1752 ran from Lady Day (25 March) to the 24 March rather than from 1st January until the 31 December.

That means for a date 12 Feb 1750/51 would after the change of the calender would be viewed to be in 1751 rather than 1750 under the old calendar.
The dates in the months January, February and March up until the 24th (inclusive) were in the early year under the old calendar.

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Re: Old Dates/New Dates prior to 1752
« Reply #3 on: Friday 13 October 17 16:44 BST (UK) »
Thanks both for your replies.

Much appreciated.

Sandy
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