Birth and Death Years in 17th Century England and Colonies

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Years for births and deaths in the 17th century sometimes are written as two years separated by a forward slash (e.g., 1650/51). Yesterday, I read in 'The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire...' by Pope (1908) that this is done because:

March 25 was New Year's Day in England and her colonies in the seventeenth century.... From January 1 to March 25, durng which some other nations used the new year number, they often wrote a double date. (pp. x-xi)

In our Wikitree profiles, I don't think we're given this option (are we?). Is there a style rule for entering 'double years'? I looked in the 'Style' pages but wasn't certain I found the correct answer.

in Policy and Style by Jeffry Ricker G2G4 (4.3k points)
Not just in the Colonies also in England; but Scotland changed earlier and just to make it awkward some English dates use the Gregorian Calender before 1752.

 .I haven't yet put in any dates on my own family tree from before this. My home software allows me to state whether it is a Julian or Gregorian date ; if I transfer info using a gedcom,is this also transferred?

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The style guideline on "double-dating" is to use the later of the two years. ie. Feb 3, 1653/4 - Use Feb 3 1654.

Here's the Help Page.


by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
selected by Jeffry Ricker
Thank you. I saw that page but didn't see the rule-of-thumb in the last sentence of 'Julian vs. Gregorian Calendar'

Best, Jeff

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