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When Did You Fall From the Tree?

Some genealogical records identify a date of birth or a span of days during which a birth occurred by mentioning that the person whose birth is noted "fell from the _______ tree." The identity of the tree (represented by the blank line in the quoted phrase) traditionally refers to a specific date or span of days as shown in the alphabetical and chronological list shown below (after the example).

Example (from Italian record)

File:Death Record of Andrea Ferrera (d. 5 Mar 1849, Tasso, Lumarzo, Genova, Liguria, Italy).jpg


In the above death record, the deceased is referred to as "Ferrera Andrea fu Gio: Batta" (Andrew Ferrera [son of the late] Gio Batta." Immediately following his name there is added the phrase (highlighted in the image) "Caduto da un albero di Castagno" (in English: "fell from the Chestnut tree"). This means that, as shown from the tables below, he was born either between May 15 and May 24 or between November 12 and November 21. Note that each figurative tree accounts for two spans of dates (and in the case of the Oak and Olive trees one specific date each). This information sometimes is helpful in identifying a perons' correct birth record.

Alphabetical Listing of Trees

Apple tree Jun 25 to Jul 04
Apple tree Dec 23 to Jan 01
Ash tree May 25 to Jun 03
Ash tree Nov 22 to Dec 01
Beech tree Dec 22 (Only)
Birch tree Jun 24 (Only)
Cedar tree Aug 14 to Aug 23
Cedar tree Feb 09 to Feb 18
Chestnut tree Nov 12 to Nov 21
Chestnut tree May 15 to May 24
Cypress tree Jan 25 to Feb 03
Cypress tree Jul 26 to Aug 04
Elm tree Jan 12 to Jan 24
Elm tree Jul 15 to Jul 25
Fig tree Dec 12 to Dec 21
Fig tree Jun 14 to Jun 23
Fir tree Jul 05 to Jul 14
Fir tree Jan 01 to Jan 11
Hazelnut tree Mar 22 to Mar 31
Hazelnut tree Sep 24 to Oct 03
Hornbeam tree Jun 04 to Jun 13
Hornbeam tree Dec 02 to Dec 11
Lime tree Mar11 to Mar 20
Lime tree Sep 13 to Sep 22
Maple tree Oct 14 to Oct 23
Maple tree Apr 11 to Apr 20
Oak tree Mar 21 (Only)
Olive tree Sep 23 (Only)
Pine tree Feb 19 to Feb 28
Pine tree Aug 24 to Sep 02
Poplar tree Feb 04 to Feb 08
Poplar tree Aug 05 to Aug 13
Poplar tree May 01 to May 14
Rowan tree Apr 01 to Apr 10
Rowan tree Oct 04 to Oct 13
Walnut tree Apr 21 to Apr 30
Walnut tree Oct 24 to Nov 11
Weeping Willow tree Mar 01 to Mar 10
Weeping Willow tree Sep 03 to Sep 12

Chronological Listing of Dates

Dec 23 to Jan 01 Apple tree
Jan 01 to Jan 11 Fir tree
Jan 12 to Jan 24 Elm tree
Jan 25 to Feb 03 Cypress tree
Feb 04 to Feb 08 Poplar tree
Feb 09 to Feb 18 Cedar tree
Feb 19 to Feb 28 Pine tree
Mar 01 to Mar 10 Weeping Willow tree
Mar11 to Mar 20 Lime tree
Mar 21 (Only) Oak tree
Mar 22 to Mar 31 Hazelnut tree
Apr 01 to Apr 10 Rowan tree
Apr 11 to Apr 20 Maple tree
Apr 21 to Apr 30 Walnut tree
May 01 to May 14 Poplar tree
May 15 to May 24 Chestnut tree
May 25 to Jun 03 Ash tree
Jun 04 to Jun 13 Hornbeam tree
Jun 14 to Jun 23 Fig tree
Jun 24 (Only) Birch tree
Jun 25 to Jul 04 Apple tree
Jul 05 to Jul 14 Fir tree
Jul 15 to Jul 25 Elm tree
Jul 26 to Aug 04 Cypress tree
Aug 05 to Aug 13 Poplar tree
Aug 14 to Aug 23 Cedar tree
Aug 24 to Sep 02 Pine tree
Sep 03 to Sep 12 Weeping Willow tree
Sep 13 to Sep 22 Lime tree
Sep 23 (Only) Olive tree
Sep 24 to Oct 03 Hazelnut tree
Oct 04 to Oct 13 Rowan tree
Oct 14 to Oct 23 Maple tree
Oct 24 to Nov 11 Walnut tree
Nov 12 to Nov 21 Chestnut tree
Nov 22 to Dec 01 Ash tree
Dec 02 to Dec 11 Hornbeam tree
Dec 12 to Dec 21 Fig tree
Dec 22 (Only) Beech tree