When I first started gathering data for the Peter Loucks-Anna Barkey book, I didn't know there were Data Sheets that you could purchase and thus, created my own form. Thought I'd share it with you in case you need a starting point for your research.
As you gather together with family, remember it's a great time to ask questions, share stories, and take those once-in-a-lifetime pictures!
If you have a Data Sheet you like to use, let me know and I'll add it here.
Ginger's Data Sheet is:
Figuring out Dates
So you've finally found your ancestor's gravestone, but instead of finding the birthdate you find something like " Died March 24, 1785, aged 73 years, 2 months and 5 days.
Example: Died 1785, March 24 17850324
73 years, 2 months, 5 days - 730205
Answer: 1712, January 19 17120119
Example: Died 1889, May 6 18890506
71 years, 7 months, 9 days - 710709
Answer doesn't make sense 18179797
Use the "8870 Formula" - 8870
Answer: 1817, Sept 27 18170927
Or check out this site and let it do the math for you.