A good site for calendars and related questions are the links below. Britain and the
British Empire (including the eastern part of what is now the United States) adopted the
Gregorian calendar in 1752.
Or you could try wikioedia for an answer.
Whilst December is now the 12th month of the year this has not always been the case. In
the original Roman calendar New years day was March 1st, so December was the 10th month
and the months from September through December were named from the Latin for 7 through 10.
The last four months of the year can be abbreviated in parish registers as:
In a simular way in which December being the time of Christmas we write it sometimes as
xmas. The X being short for Christos, the X can also be made to abriviate the word
christening which becomes xtend or something simular.
--- On Sat, 28/3/09, hmrudd(a)verizon.net <hmrudd(a)verizon.net> wrote:
I have information from the records of Rhydwilim Baptist Church that David Cornock was
baptized on the 7th day of the 5th month in 1705. I am confused about the Julian
Calendar which I assume was still in use at that time. Would the 5th month still be May
or would you start counting from March to make it August?