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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Family History : Finding the Date of Easter in the Past

Dates of Easter in the Past

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All kinds of family history records may state 'Easter' as a date in the past without being more specific. One family history researcher knew (from oral history) that her grandparents arrived in Britain from Germany on ‘Easter Sunday’ 1909, for example. Other stories recall babies being born around Eastertime, or people marrying on Maundy Thursday, or dying on  Good Friday. Family photographs and even letters can sometimes be dated by hand with the word ‘Easter’ and the year without any more specific details.
If you are faced with such a family history puzzle, it may help you to know that Easter is always celebrated between March 22nd and April 25th. But to find out the exact date of Easter in any specific year visit http://www.searchforancestors.com/utility/easter.html The website http://www.assa.org.au/edm.html also gives the dates of Easter Sunday all the way back to the sixteenth century and gives you a method for working out the date of Easter in any given year.  The site http://www.gmarts.org/index.php?go=413 gives the dates of Easter in the Western and Orthodox calendars for recent years and also provides a calculator for working out the dates of any Easter in the past.

Did your ancestor achieve any milestones at Easter ?

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