Casefile Clues

22 November 2012

More on Inst. and Ult.

We mentioned the difference between "inst." and "ult" in an earlier post and newspaper articles that apparently had the two terms mixed up.

A search of newspapers for additional articles about the incident resulted in several hits which are shown in this screen shot from  Genealogybank.com .

Five of the results are shown. The word "inst." has been circled in those clippings where it appears. 

Partial screen shot of results from  Genealogybank.com 20 November 2012
The January references all refer to the event as being on the 2d "ult." Obviously if the items are in January editions of newspapers the actual incident could not have taken place in February. "Inst." refers to the present month--which is what both January items use.

The last match makes it easy to see how the confusion between "inst" and "ult" came into being in some of the references. The last match is shows a 7 January date--most likely indicating that the item was copied from a newspaper in Herkimer County, New York, on 7 January. In that original article "inst." would have made sense.

Be aware of the difference between these two words, but make certain that you apply a little common sense as well.