Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox on 21st March. This year, the date is April 24, the latest it has been since 1943.
Knowing te date of Easter can be useful for genealogists. Many times, you will find an old family photograph that is cryptically labeled, "Easter 1938." What date was the photograph taken?
Some religions, such as Catholic and Episcopal, did not allow marriages during Lent. By knowing the exact date for Easter (and the 40 days of Lent before) can help pinpoint when a marriage would not have taken place.
The Ancestor Search web site has an online calculator that will determine the exact date for Easter for any year since the Gregorian calendar has been in use. That would be since Sept 14, 1752 in what is now the United States and in Great Britain. Other countries changed to the Gregorian Calendar on different dates. See http://www.searchforancestors.com/utility/gregorian.html for details.
The Easter Sunday Calculator is available at http://www.searchforancestors.com/utility/easter.html
While visiting the site, you might also want to check out the Age Calculator, the calculator for determining birthdates from tombstone information, the Day of the Week Calculator, the Perpetual Calendar, Cousin Calculator, and more. You can start at http://www.searchforancestors.com/utility/
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