Date problems not always wrong

Sometimes the dates listed just do not seem right. Here are two scenarios when the date seemed incorrect but it was correct.

Scenario: Siblings birthdates
If a family had children with birthdates listed as 1 April 1720 and the next child 22 March 1720, you would assume that one of those dates is incorrect, but knowledge of New Year’s Day would show us they are not. The second child born on the 22 March which is just 3 days from the New Year and is 11 months after the first child.

Scenario: Will and Death Date
If your records indicate a man draws a will on October 10, 1686, but the death date is recorded as 21 February 1686. You assume that one of these must be incorrect, but again they might not be.  The death date is what we identify today as 21 February 1687; four months after the will is drawn.

Answer:  March 25 was New Year’s Day!
From 1155 to 1751 New Year’s was March 25, not 1st of January.  January 1, 1752, was the first time in six hundred years, to be New Year’s again. A list of calendar dates before 1752 would look like the following.

     22 November 1686
     20 December 1686
     17 January 1686
     11 March 1686
     24 March 1686
     25 March 1687
       6 April 1687

For the examples above:
The second child would be born on 22 March 1721, not 1720.
The man died 21 February1687 not 86 before he wrote his will.

Double or Dual Dating
To help with the change in the New Year a system called Dual or Double Dating was created.
Example:  1559/1560  
The first year indicates the year under the 25 March New Year. The second-year indicates the year with January 1 as New Years. Other examples are:
               22 January 1720/21

               19 February 1686/87

Filles du Roi

Two-thirds of French Canadians have an ancestor who was a filles du roi ~ A King's Daughter.

Since I am related to the first white landowner of Canada the chances were high that at least one of my grandmothers was one. I found three.

I googled to find a list of the names of the girls. With my FamilySearch pedigree on one screen and the list on another, I went through all the French Canadian wives on my pedigree that were married between 1663 and 1673.  I was so excited when I found one! Then when I clicked on her in FamilySearch, someone had very nicely added the logo as her profile picture!! Thank you whoever that was!
Then I found another ancestor whose son married the daughter of the first one I had found!

Summary of who they were 
France needed more women to come to New France. The British had lots of females going to the colonies. Jean Talon and King Louise XIV come up with the idea of sending young women to New France with a dowery. Most were poor. None were prostitutes. All volunteered. 800 left but 1/10th died on the voyage over.

I like what CBC said - the biggest Baby Boom in Canadian history! The population of New France doubles in a decade. They also mentioned "Speed dating, 1600s style" !!


For more information on who these girls were, check out the following websites:
Check out more than one of the above websites for information.
Note the difference of information between two websites below.

Jalais, Marie, m. 1. Lauzé, Jean, dit Matha, Aug. 26, 1669, m. 2. Leclerc, Robert, Jul. 9, 1680
Caillé, Marie-Jeanne, m. Pepin, Jacques, Nov. 16, 1671
Raclos, Madeleine, m. Perrault, Nicolas, contract Nov. 11, 1671

Another website lists:
Marie (Jallais) Jalais abt 1653 St-Martin de Re, France - 8 Dec 1721
Marie Jeanne Caillé abt 1653 Paris, St-Nicolas-des-Champs, France - 12 Mar 1734
Madeleine Raclos 6 Jan 1656 Chaumont-en-Bassigny (St-Jean-Baptiste), Champagne, France - 8 Jul 1724

V for View

To view a document in Google Drive
1. Double click on the file you want to open.

View the list of files
There are two ways to view the files in your drive.

Grid View 

The grid view looks like the following.
Folders appear at the top. Files underneath. 
Each file is shown to help you know the contents

List View
The folders appear at the top of the list with the folder icon on the left.
Below the folders, each file is listed with information about each file in the columns. Icon indicates what type of file the file is.

Tweets to Evernote

During #GenChat or #AncestryHour or just scrolling through tweets you might find a link you want to remember and keep for later. You can send it directly to EverNote.
On my phone when I see a tweet I want to save in Evernote I will:

1.  Press the screen over the picture or link of the tweet you want to save. I clicked on a photo.
     The options menu appears as shown on the below.

2. Click on Evernote.
    The following appears.

3.  You can add text to go along with the picture in the note.

Once you have added the text you want
4.  Click Save [top right on green bar].

Another example. This time I held down on a link. Then choose Evernote.

ScanSnap and Evernote

Evernote and ScanSnap working together!!

"Declutter your desk at home by scanning all your paper records. Manage travel documents, business cards, photos, and receipts. Scan and share documents at work. Best of all, everything you scan is available, searchable, and shareable in Evernote on your computer and mobile devices."

Download software and learn more at 

Have fun!!

Ontario Genealogical Society Evernote Session

If you attended my Evernote session at the Ontario Genealogical Society conference 2018 and would like a copy of the handout, please email me at

or leave a message at the bottom of this post.

Flickr acquired by SmugMug

I mention often that Flickr is a good way to backup and share photos because Flickr gives you 1 TByte of free storage.
I will watch and see what happens with the announcement made today.

April 20, 2018

We’re excited to announce that Flickr has agreed to be acquired by SmugMug, the photography platform dedicated to visual storytellers.

SmugMug has a long history of empowering people who love photography and who want to improve their craft, making them a perfect fit for Flickr and our creative community. With SmugMug, we’ll continue to focus on you, the Flickr members who inspire us all with your work.

Nothing will change immediately with regard to your Flickr account. You will still access Flickr with your current login credentials and you will have the same Flickr experience as you do now. We will continue to work to make your Flickr experience even better.

We think you are going to love Flickr under SmugMug ownership, but you can choose to not have your Flickr account and data transferred to SmugMug until May 25, 2018. If you want to keep your Flickr account and data from being transferred, you must go to your Flickr account to download the photos and videos you want to keep, then delete your account from your Account Settings by May 25, 2018.

If you do not delete your account by May 25, 2018, your Flickr account and data will transfer to SmugMug and will be governed by SmugMug’s Terms and Privacy Policy.

Read more detailed FAQs about this transition on the Flickr Blog.

We’re happy that Flickr is your home for photography and we look forward to the next chapter in our adventure together as we join the SmugMug family.

The Flickr Team