Holidays Were Not Always Holidays

Do not be surprised if you see an official document or court record dated¬†New Year’s Day, July Fourth, or Christmas. Those days were not always holidays in the United States. A court record dated ¬†4 July 1842 may have the correct date after all–don’t assume the clerk made an error.

And always transcribe a document the way it is written, even if you think something on the original document is incorrect.