Column: Online Genealogy Calculators

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: Online Genealogy Calculators

Snippet: Although I’ve been out of school for three decades and can do mental math, I still own a calculator (a real, stand-alone one). I use it for complicated math questions, income tax and—when my brain is tired—calculations for genealogy.

Tired brains and poor math skills can play havoc with dates and ages in family trees. I’m old school, so I do the math twice to ensure the first answer is correct. Calculating the wrong birth, marriage or death date or age for someone can throw a wrench into research. Incorrect answers can lead us in wrong directions.

Simple math questions are relatively easy—subtracting one year from another—but other genealogy math problems can be troublesome. The Internet has become a favourite hangout for genealogists, and we have become accustom to taking advantage of what it has to offer. That includes unique calculators.

The Tombstone Birthday Calculator (http://www.searchforancestors.com/utility/birthday.html) on Ancestor Search’s website provides a quick and simple way for genealogists to calculate a date of birth from a headstone and death certificate.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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