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Calendars and Clocks

The Chicago Cubs and Deep Time, Version 2

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

This is an odd time of year for any fan of the Chicago Cubs. November is the time to consider who should be traded, wonder if there is hope for next year, wonder if they will ever return to the World Series, and generally think off season type thoughts. Yet, somehow this year there is […]

The Twenty Days of Christmas

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

When I lived in Sweden I learned a tradition about the end of the Christmas season. Translated it goes something like this- Twentieth day Knut, Christmas is out. There are different variations on the saying, but they are all short and rhyme. Since I love calendars and the strange effects they can have on genealogy, […]

A Pope Watches the Sky

Monday, April 21st, 2014

The full Moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon are on opposite sides of our world. We see the full face of the Moon illuminated by the Sun because as we turn up our eyes to the Moon, the Sun is shining from below our feet, lighting up the far side of the Earth. […]

Happy (Old) New Year

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

I assume that everyone doing British or British Colonial research is getting ready for New Year’s Eve. It’s time to uncork another of those pre1752 bottles you have hidden away, put on your homemade tri-cornered party hat and get together with fellow genealogists. Ok, maybe not, but the fact that New Year’s Day is coming […]