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McAninch Family History Newsletter

Volume XX, Number 4, October    , 2012.


A clearing house for McAninch and related surnames [McAninch, McIninch, McNinch (-sh)].

Published Quarterly since 1993.              Articles solicited, and Queries accepted.




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Early McAninch Families in Rhode Island (Oliver, Arthur, and William)

Page 2012-40



John W. McAninch (1841-1930), Putnam County, Indiana; 1930 Obituary 

Page 2012-45 



Mayan 'Long Count' Continues, Next b’ak’tun Starts in December 2012


December 2012 marks the conclusion of another b’ak’tun (almost 400 years) in the Mesoamerican

Long Count calendar which was used in Central America prior to the arrival of Europeans. Probably

invented earlier by the Olmec, the Long Count is now associated with the Maya civilization, and it 

is still used in parts of Guatemala and Mexico today [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_calendar]. 


Mayan numbers were essentially vigesimal (i.e., base-20). The Maya name for a day was k’in.

Twenty k’ins are known as a winal or uinal. Eighteen winals make one tun. The Maya Haab’ was 

their solar year, with eighteen months of twenty days each, plus five days ("nameless days") at the

end of the year known as Uayeb. In the Maya Long Count (which is independent of the solar year),

twenty tuns are known as a k’atun, and twenty k’atuns make a b’ak’tun ([144,000 days, 394.3 years). 


‘Long Count’ dates record the number of days from the Mayan creation (August 11, 3114 BC in the

proleptic Gregorian calendar), in a modified base-20 notation. December 21 (or 23), 2012, is the day

that the Mayan calendar rolls over to the next b'ak'tun, at Long Count, and it will move on

to the next piktun (a complete series of 20 b'ak'tuns), at Long Count, on October 13, 4772.


This McAninch Family History Newsletter is Published by Frank and Jan (Mauk) McAninch

17531 Montbury Circle, Huntington Beach, California 92649-4823      Telephone: 714-846-5134

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McAninch Family History NL v.XIX n.4 / October 2012 / Copyright Frank McAninch / page 2011-39

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