Stop 'correcting' Julian Dates!
Project instructions for UK Lancashire non-conformist records tell you to 'correct' Julian dates to Gregorian dates. This is wrong, confusing and inconsistent. Prior to 1752, UK used the Julian calendar and the recorded dates were the legal dates. One should only index what was recorded. Once 'corrected', how is a user to know, if the image doesn't happen to be available, whether such a date has already been 'corrected'. And this advice is already inconsistent with what is currently indexed on FamilySearch - take for example the baptism record for Eliz. Scolefield, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975" • FamilySearch. This gives the baptism date as 26 January 1675, which is what the image shows. The project instructions would require this to be indexed now as 5 February 1676 (it is in a current batch for indexing a second time) - so would both results appear in future?