Does anyone have a simple solution for the change in calendar (first month, second month, etc.)?

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I just got my hands on another, more modern sourcebook for my genealogy, but it appears the author was unaware that "first month" was once March. I know I have to keep doing the math in my head, but wondered if anyone has found a simple way to remember, a mnemonic, something!
in Genealogy Help by David Lundy G2G5 (5.1k points)
:-) "Month plus two takes you from old to new."

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Some of the months are based on their latin root:

7th Month = SEPTember

8th month = OCTober

9th month = NOVember

10th month= DECember
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (775k points)
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Precisely the kind of thing I'm looking for, Thanks, Jilliane.

There is a great article regarding dates pror to 1752 (this issue) to be found at:

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:William_Penn_and_Early_Pennsylvania_Settlers

 

Another good explanation at http://www.erblandbrown.org/before_1850/documents/QuakerDates.pdf

Also, I have posted a note on Ancestry.com, because there are many records where the "picture" of the record clearly says something like 2 Eighth 1700 and Ancestry translates that to August 2, 1700, when it should be October 2, 1700

Just be aware that if you come across some dates that maybe 2 months off....that is why.
No that isn't quite right -- not if you want the correct date by the modern calendar. You need to add 11 days -- in today's calendar, i.e., the Gregorian Calendar 2 Oct 1700 is really 13 Oct 1700. This doesn't make a whole lot of difference but if someone has a birthday of 25da 1700 10th month that would be equivalent to our Jan 5 1701.

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