Dating the calendar
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Although the "Legal" year began on March 25, the use of the Gregorian calendar by other European countries led to January 1 becoming commonly celebrated as "New Year's Day" and given as the first day of the year in almanacs.
To avoid misinterpretation, both the "Old Style" and "New Style" year was often used in English and colonial records for dates falling between the new New Year (January 1) and old New Year (March 25), a system known as "double dating." Such dates are usually identified by a slash mark [/] breaking the "Old Style" and "New Style" year, for example, March 19, 1631/2.
Occasionally, writers would express the double date with a hyphen, for example, March 19, 1631-32.
Although it may first appear that the February session was entered out of sequence, the arrangement is actually correct.
Under the "Old Style" calendar and legal new year, 1636 began on March 25.
In fact, in Latin, September means seventh month, October means eighth month, November means ninth month, and December means tenth month.