Friday, 1 April 2016

A to Z Challenge - A

The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is to post everyday (except Sunday) in the month of April 2016 starting with the letter A and going all the way to Z. The theme I chose is Genealogy Tips. At the end I will give a related post from my blog Genealogy: Beyond the BMD.

A is for Almanack

An Almanack comes in handy in writing your family stories. This 1809 Almanack of Scotland (Edinburgh and Glasgow) is typical of an almanack and a wealth of information. This copy must have belonged to someone, there are notations at the beginning.

The calendar has sun and moon cycles, holidays, feast days, tides, gardening tips and hunting times. Then goes on with many lists of names that could prove valuable to your research. Here is the Index...

Related Post: Almanacks


  1. Good tip! Anyone wishing to add some color to the drab facts of birth and death dates of an ancestor's story would do well to consult an Almanac.
    Wendy from
    Jollett Etc.

  2. Very Nice Post...

    Welcome in the letter "A"... thank you!
    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2016]

    Stop over and find a free "SIX STRINGS: BLOGGING AtoZ CHALLENGE" Here:

    You know you want to know if me or Hollywood... is Nuts?

  3. I enjoy reading about sources. Almanacks may not give new information, but it s still fascinating to see a familiar name in a book written in an ancestor's lifetime.

  4. I love it! A How To guide for genealogists!
    I'll be back for certain :)

    Sir Leprechaunrabbit

  5. Isn't it interesting how calendar is spelled with a "K"? Thank you for introducing me to Almanacks. They look fascinating!Alex from
    Family Tree Frog

  6. Hi Dianne i am certainly looking forward to reading your posts on genealogy tips - great one on almanaks

  7. Pleased to find your blog. Best of luck with the challenge.
    -Jill from CurryAus-

  8. Thanks. I also enjoy reading your GeniAus Blog.

  9. I am going to enjoy reading your posts! Thank you!

  10. I know I'm running late but I've now read Z so I'm starting at the beginning. Yes Almanacs are useful.


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