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Acronyms and abbreviations you may come across during your family history research.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Genealogical Acronyms and Abbreviations

    Below are some websites listing abbreviations and acronyms used by family historians. If you know of any other good non commercial sites please send me a private message with the URL and I will add it to the list. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rigenweb/abbrev.html ...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 07-06-2014 2:30 PM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Abbreviations on Merchant Seamen's Records


    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 07-06-2014 2:20 PM
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Army Abbreviations

    The Royal Anglian and Royal Lincolnshire Regimental Assoc have posted one of the most extensive lists of army definitions that I've seen. Here No doubt someone's going to come up with something they've forgotten! Let me know if you do.

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 22-01-2014 5:14 PM
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Chapman Codes

    You will notice that Chapman Codes have been added to the county forum titles. Chapman Codes were devised by Colin Chapman and relate to pre 1974 UK counties. Many researchers use place codes such as: Harrow MDX and Exeter DVN etc to clearly identify places. This is particularly useful where...

    Started by Jan1954‎, 19-10-2008 4:39 PM
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  1. Settlement order of 1694

    I have a copy of a settlement order which is headed "The humble petition of William Clark one of the sons of Thomas Clark" and it was listed in the CRO on-line catalogue under William's name. However the body of the document does not refer to William again by name. I don't know the proper...

    Started by Degan‎, 26-01-2009 8:28 PM
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  2. Dating documents?

    I have been prowling the archives lately and have a quick question on the dates. For example a document is dated 21 Henry VIII. Does this mean the 21st year of Henry's reign? Many thanks. Wayne

    Started by Wayne Langman‎, 24-01-2009 8:20 PM
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  3. CB - Possibly Not Companion of the Bath ?

    My great grandfather JOSEPH AINSCOW was born 1851 - Crewe - Cheshire. He studied at Manchester University (then Owens College) - and was a member of the Crewe Mechanics Institute. He was a recipient of the Sir Joseph Whitworth scholarship and medal - and that organisation has confirmed that...

    Started by Lins_Australia‎, 22-01-2009 4:15 AM
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  4. He's a what??

    Is there anybody who has any idea what on earth an 'Assistant SC and T' might be. One of my husband's ancestors, William Flanigan, has his occupation described as this in the 1911 census. If it's any help, he is boarding with a couple in Pulborough, Sussex and the husband is a 'Fitter.' In 1901 he...

    Started by Tinker‎, 15-01-2009 8:13 PM
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  5. Vomica Terra

    Hello, Vomica Terra interesting words of Latin which I read in a old document about 30 years ago. I have a translation and it's possible meaning from various sources. Has anybody encountered these words before. Nigel

    Started by Nigel‎, 18-12-2008 10:49 PM
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  6. Red face Parish Register

    I have just started to go through my first PR CD Can you please help overcome my stupidity? A typical marriage line reads- Gentel Ann (x) wid otp dau of Rowland Piggot lab. So I read from this that Ann is a widow and also the daughter of Rowland. What does/did the (x) and ...

    Started by Keith Daniells‎, 30-11-2008 1:56 AM
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    12-12-2008, 8:44 PM Go to last post
  7. Catshill, Bromsgrove CNSD

    Catshill, Bromsgrove, CNSD Appears in the 'Where born' column of my granfather's birth certificate. (Might even be CW8O, it's hand-written.) Does anyone have any idea what this abreviation might be in this context? Mother is given as living in Catshill, Bromsgrove.

    Started by Landofrainbows‎, 16-11-2008 4:43 PM
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  8. Roman Catholic Priests...

    Anyone know what the C.M.R. initials stand for after the name of a Roman Catholic priest? And would such a person always be referred to as "Father"? (I know D.D.= Doctor of Divinity, as most of my folks were Anglican or Methodist, but I am now embarking into Québec marriages by dispensation...

    Started by Mary Anne‎, 12-11-2008 10:23 PM
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  9. Workhouse Abbreviations??

    Hi My ancestor was admitted to the City Road Workhouse, Hoxton, London in 1887 and in the "Observations On Condition At Time Of Admission and General Remarks" it says S, W or M for single, married or widowed, but next to it, it says SR or LR. On occasions it says "6 days" "6 years" or "11 years"...

    Started by benny1982‎, 12-04-2008 10:19 PM
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  10. late C.I.V. -What does it mean??

    Can anyone help me please? I've come across an abbreviation on the 1901 Census in the occupations columb: late C.I.V. Does anyone have any idea what it stands for, I'm at a total loss. Thanks

    Started by mandymad‎, 16-09-2008 11:35 AM
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  11. Bride's condition abbreviation

    I've just come across something I've never seen before. For Bride's condition it says - Soj anyone have any idea what it could stand for? :confused:

    Started by Nicolina‎, 12-10-2008 2:37 PM
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  12. LLCM and ALCM

    In newspaper articles circa 1939, my great aunt has the letters LLCM and ALCM after her name. I know she taught piano in Dublin. Do the letters signify a music degree or a level of proficiency? Thanks

    Started by lil row‎, 24-09-2008 2:29 AM
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  13. Question hypothetical baptism?

    We have been searching for the birth or baptism of illegitimate Andrew Andrews, believed to be the son of Ann born in either London or Devizes (there is some confusion in the census returns) in 1844. Our attention was brought to a baptism record in 1852 in Devizes that appears to be correct but...

    Started by asherman‎, 23-08-2008 1:10 PM
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  14. 1841 occupation abbreviation - help, please!

    The occupation of my ancestor William Nicholson on the 1841 Census is an abbreviation which I have not seen elsewhere. I've looked on other pages taken by the same enumerator and believe the abbreviation is "C l " (capital C, lower-case el). Does anyone know what this means? L for labourer,...

    Started by pottoka‎, 26-08-2008 3:05 AM
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  15. Help with occupation abbrev. on 1861 uk census

    Hi there I have a gentleman who is shown on the 1851 census as "Colonial Service". (age 62) On 1861 census it looks as if what is in the occupation column is: N.S. (age 70) Does anyone have any ideas....? Thanks in advance roseneathe australia

    Started by roseneathe‎, 12-08-2008 2:01 PM
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  16. Not an acronym...

    but an unfamiliar term - does anyone know what is a "merdlin child"? Can't remeber where I saw it but I think it was a transcription, so it could be almost any other word you'd care to name!:confused:

    Started by Mary Anne‎, 11-08-2008 4:19 PM
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  17. I.M.

    I am ashamed to say that this came from my supposedly well-educated nephew, regarding three obituaries that he had come across: "...I think they were all written by someone in the family, because although they don't give an actual name, they all have the same initials at the end - I.M. I can't...

    Started by oxon57‎, 22-07-2008 8:35 AM
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    22-07-2008, 3:16 PM Go to last post
  18. CHR and BAP

    Does any one know the difference between the two? These are examples of what the register contains. The birth date is obvious and the registration is The Stamp Duties Act of 1783 to raise monies to pay for the American War of Independence. I have no idea why there is a christening and a baptism....

    Started by jespa‎, 31-05-2008 6:06 PM
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  19. Question IGI-

    |help|-please, I've noticed reference to the "IGI" several times. What is it, where do I find it, and what information is given there? Thanks, Michele

    Started by ypom01‎, 06-06-2008 7:39 PM
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    07-06-2008, 6:47 PM Go to last post
  20. Question Pallotts Marriage Register

    Anyone know what "M.E.N.T" stands for on a parish record?

    Started by smeni‎, 30-05-2008 5:05 PM
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    30-05-2008, 7:42 PM Go to last post

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