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Saturday, 5 May 2012

Dates of Easter in the Past

When Was Easter in the Past?

All kinds of family history records may state 'Easter' as a date in the pastwithout 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. Family photographs and even letters can sometimes be dated ‘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.

Keywords: family history, European ancestors, Easter

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