The careful genealogist pays a great deal of attention to dates. One of the first things we must learn is how to properly record them to avoid ambiguity We must learn how to calculate when we know a person's date at a specific age. We need to be aware of reasonable estimates and when to recognize that a date doesn't fit.
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Dates are a very important part of historical and genealogical research, but they also aren't always as they appear. For most of us, the Gregorian calendar in common use today is all we encounter in modern records. Eventually, however, as we work back in time, or delve into religious or ethnic records, it is common to encounter other calendars and dates with which we aren't familiar. These calendars can complicate the recording of dates in our family tree, unless we can accurately convert and record the calendar dates into a standard format, so that there is no further confusion.
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Some folks get frustrated with genealogy dates listed as more than one year. I try to use the full dates, as found. Julian calendar was used before the Gregorian calendar, but colonies associated with different countries transferred from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar at different times, with a span of more than years in the transfer. Before the adoption of the Gregorian calendar, most countries celebrated the new year on March 25th the date known as the Annunciation of Mary.