MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS
ELREETA WEATHERS lives in Hamilton County but has much information about
the formation of early Baptist churches in Coryell County.
Christine Morton lives in Manchaca but has a Coryell County Genealogy Book
Please let us know of any success stories that you have had through this home page,
we would like to know if we are accomplishing anything! As those who do it know, it
takes a lot of time and effort to make this work, and a lot of volunteer hours, these
volunteers take your discoveries as a real PAT ON THE BACK!
Your Web site was in instrumental in connecting me to the descendants of the
James F.C. DOOLITTLE family. Thank you for your hard work and efforts
- your page is simply marvelous - below is a copy of message I sent to your
look-up volunteer Ruth Jones.
I just wanted you to know that because of your lookup for me I was able
to make phone contact with Mr Clayton Brazzil. He referred me to Josephine
Doolittle's grandson, a Mr Gayle Clawson - he in turn referred me to his
niece who is keeper of the family history. I soon should have all the
missing pieces of that branch of the family. Thank you again for your help
- you can score this lookup as a home run for yourself.
My best wishes to you
The following is from a Minnesota Genealogical Newsletter. "In
the lower left corner of most old deeds you will find two to four
witnesses. The first one is always from the husband's side, the
next two from the wife's side. That is to protect her one-half
dower rights under the law. Nothing you will ever use will give
greater clues to maiden names".
Jeff Linscott--So. China, ME
Below is a statement, taken from "Searching For Your Ancestors,"
by Gilbert H. Doane & James B. Bell, pub. 1981 by the University of
Minnesota, that I hope will explain some of the 'double dates'
seen in this listing [my book]:
'The Calendar - A stumbling block for many an ancestor
hunter, when attempting to check the dates of forebears, is a
mysterious discrepancy of either a few days or a year which throws
out calculations. If this does not arise, then the 'double' date
in some old record may cause the searcher to wonder why those who
made the contemporary record did not know whether the child was
born in 1702 or 1703. If you have much experience with them, you
will note that these double dates occur in the old records only in
January, February, and March - never in any other months and never
'This system of 'double- dating' arose as a result of a
change made in the calendar in 1582. Before that date the
so-called Julian calendar was used throughout the Christian
world. It was established by Julius Caesar, hence its name.
This system, which divided the year into 365 days, plus an extra
day every fourth year, was officially adopted at the sitting of
the Nicene Council in A.D. 325. As it became possible to measure
more accurately the length of the solar year, it was found that
the Julian system of measuring exceeded the solar year by eleven
minutes, or twenty-four hours every 131 years, and three days
every 400 years. This excess amounted to about 10 days between
A.D. 325 and A.D. 1582. Thus the date of the vernal equinox had
been thrown back, by that time, from 21 March to 11 March and the
calculations for Easter were thrown out.'
'In 1582 Pope Gregory XIII, then head of the Roman
Catholic Church, ordered that 10 days be dropped out of the
calendar, thus restoring the equinox to its accustomed date, 21
March. To prevent the recurrence of the error, he ordered further
that, in every four hundred years, leap year's extra day should be
omitted three times. To accomplish this in an orderly fashion it
was to be omitted on centennial years of which the first two
digits could not be divided by four without a remainder. Thus it
was omitted in A.D. 1700, 1800, and 1900, but will not be omitted
in A.D. 2000. Moreover, the decree changed the beginning of the new
year from 25 March to 1 January. This system, known as the
Gregorian calendar, now prevails and we are right with the sun.'
'Following the edict of the Pope, all Catholic countries
adopted the new system of reckoning. But, England, in
difficulties with the Church of Rome and always reluctant to
accept a new and untried idea, even though scientifically proved,
refused to adopt the new calendar officially and did not adopt it
until 1752, or 170 years later, when the difference between the
calendar and the Sun was a little more than eleven days. So in
English-speaking countries (including the English colonies) and in
Russia, the Julian calendar continued to prevail as the official
system of counting time. Throughout that time (that is, until
1752) the new year did not begin until 25 March, and there was
still a difference of eleven days between the English calendar and
that used in the rest of Europe.'
'In spite of this difference in the official calendar,
many people began to use the Gregorian system. Hence, in many of
the early colonial records you will find 'double dates', generally
written like this: '9 March 1656/57,' indicating that, although it
was officially still 1656, some people considered it 1657.'
'In 1752, when the British government finally decided to
recognize the fact that a mistake had been made in calculating
the length of the solar year, and to shift into line with the
other countries of Europe in use of the calendar, Parliament
passed an act by which the Gregorian system was officially adopted.'
There are some dates in this listing as indicated in the
above explanation. I hope that this explanation will help the
reader in understanding any dates with a slash mark ('/')
separating the dates.
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