Acronyms and Abbreviations
If you are new to the genealogical way of life, there is a lot of vocabulary and terminology that you may not know. It doesn’t help that us genealogists are lazy either! Because of this, we have dulled down a vast amount of our vocabulary into acronyms and abbreviations, just so we don’t have to constantly keep typing out the elongated phrases. It makes sense to do it, I promise!
You may have already come across a few posts that contain these abbreviations and acronyms and they have completely lost you and you have no idea what the post is saying. But worry no further, as luckily, a kind genealogist has posted a forum filled with helpful and useful links.
Here are a few examples of the abbreviations and acronyms we all use:
– * = Born
– + = Died
– API = Asian / Pacific Islander
– BR = Brother
– BR-L = Brother in Law
– D = Daughter
– D = Died
– UA = Ultimate Ancestor
There are many more different acronyms and abbreviations that we use, but here are just a handful. Also, you may have noticed that there are a couple ‘cross-over’ acronyms such as ‘D’ stands for daughter and died. Don’t worry, it is easy to figure out which one the genealogist means if you read the acronym in the context of the sentence. It is highly unlikely that both of the meanings can work in the same sentence!
If you are looking for some online glossaries for the acronyms, then please look at Sue Mackay’s Post which has a list of websites with all the acronyms you can wish for! Sue’s post can be seen here:https://www.british-genealogy.com/th…-Abbreviations