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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 1:30 PM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Abbreviations on Merchant Seamen's Records

    http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/research-guides/merchant-seamen-rgss-register-abbreviations.htm

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 07-06-2014 1:20 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 3:39 PM
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  1. Strange initials on footstone found in field

    I found this footstone about 1" below the soil in my field near the river in the east coast of Canada. What could the initials possibly mean? Aside from the native population, this general area has had French settlers since the 1640s. My particular area, however, isn't thought to have had settlers...

    Started by jkgubbins‎, 14-03-2017 12:00 PM
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  2. Smile Royal Artillery Attestations question

    Hello All New here, so hoping this isn't already out there somewhere... I've found my Grandad in the RA attestations - I know he was not suitable for the military because he was colourblind and he was put in the Home Guard. Can anyone tell me what WI or WJ stands for?

    Started by Weeb2k‎, 09-03-2017 7:07 PM
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  3. 1918 register manuscript annotations PE

    I am organising transcription of the 1918 register for the Buckland Ward of Portsmouth. A large number of entries, at least 300 possibly double that or more, have the manuscript annotation PE to the left of the poll number. This does not appear against any NM coded voters, generally R, O, and HO...

    Started by keithmroberts‎, 14-01-2017 5:12 PM
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  4. Death Certificate question

    1956 Death Certificate has: Informant T A M BOOTH Causing the Body to be Buried Hillcrest Leicester Does 'Causing the body to be buried" guarantee a burial or is this mere terminology? (Note: Hillcrest was a hospital and the informant presumably some official).

    Started by Mitch in Notts‎, 17-12-2016 2:37 PM
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  5. Question What does this mean

    Can any one help me with this. Theater of war BROUGH-SIC Thanks Terry

    Started by TERRY1943‎, 13-08-2016 9:49 AM
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  6. Thumbs up Military Meaning

    Hello, I *think* this could be my grandad, that said, can anyone work out what the text means? Thanks :-)

    Started by chrisreilly‎, 18-11-2014 10:03 PM
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  7. More Burial Record abbreviations

    Another day another set of Burial Record abbreviations. William HACKLEY was buried on 19 Jan 1795 St Margaret, Westminster - Westminster Burials Transcriptions at findmypast. Each entry is followed by an abbreviation: CD, GN, GD, G½D or CN I have tried Googling to find what these mean...

    Started by margarita‎, 19-06-2016 6:06 PM
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  8. M, W, C in Burial Register

    I think I have actually answered my question whilst writing the title for my thread but Ill go ahead anyway for confirmation. I have found the possible burial of an ancestor James HARMAN on 18th April 1874 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster. This is in the Westminster Burials on...

    Started by margarita‎, 16-06-2016 6:26 PM
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  9. 1920s expression P.I.D's

    I am typing up my grandmother's Journal from 1920 when she sailed out to India on her own to join her husband who had been posted there. Wonderful to read the expressions "jolly" and "topping" etc but she says several times when she found something funny "I nearly" and it looks like "P.I.D's"....

    Started by gilian rowland‎, 19-05-2016 4:56 PM
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  10. Residence Note

    Hello - I'm looking at my ancestors in the 1841 census and in the column "Residence Note " it lists a lot of my ancestors as living "Village PB " anyone know what this means ? Many thanks

    Started by Zingari‎, 06-04-2016 12:38 PM
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  11. 'ap' in Burial Register

    Corby Northants Burial Register 1785 has: 'Henry LANGLY Labourer ap. Febry 8' 'Ann wife of William MASON ap March 3'. As I can't see it standing for 'apprentice' in this case, would you go for 'approximately' with regard to the burial date.... or am I missing something? (It seems to become...

    Started by Mitch in Notts‎, 06-04-2016 12:12 PM
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  12. Does anyone know how to find this out

    Hi my name is Chris And I've been on a journey trying to find out about my family I have found out that my grandfather who died by his own hand in 1912 and I'm trying to find out where he is buried if he was buried as I don't know if in 1912 would he be aloud to be buried in a cemetery as he took...

    Started by Chrisdawson1947‎, 24-11-2013 7:37 PM
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  13. Question Formerly and Maiden Surname

    I’m wondering about the difference between two name references in an older English document. On one of the records I have (attached) , my great grandmother is referred to as Emma Smith, formerly Grice, maiden surname Smith. When she married my great grandfather she had a young son. On all...

    Started by Debra Fiddes‎, 30-01-2016 12:05 AM
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  14. Shipping abbreviations

    In the 1870s, Gore's Liverpool General Advertiser lists ships arriving in the city and the details of the cargo. All of this would have been off-loaded by hand, of course. The containers are listed in abbreviated form. I can work out brls as barrels, and bxs as boxes but what about cs, hf cs and...

    Started by pwholt‎, 12-11-2015 10:37 AM
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  15. Vol. and Page

    I think my question will show I'm new to on-line searching so I hope someone can help me. When looking at death and marriage indexes, there are two columns marked Vol. and Page, to what do these refer, Howard.

    Started by Howard Wilson‎, 02-11-2015 12:31 AM
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  16. School Admission Codes

    'Evidence of Birth' column. If C.B. is Certificate of Birth (I presume), suggestions as to what D.P. is? Puzzled...... Thanks Mitch

    Started by Mitch in Notts‎, 23-09-2015 4:54 PM
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  17. Can anyone explain these Airforce records

    On my father's service records 3, just above where it says Civil Occupation, it has some writing crossed out which reads:-‘ Telpr/op 22/9/40’ and above that it’s hard to read but it looks like:-‘ V/T LeLk GD (Cypher)’. The next card which reads ‘2 RC Carding’ at the top, under ‘MUSTER’ on the...

    Started by buttonbox‎, 19-06-2015 11:12 PM
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  18. Profession or Occupation

    Neither Acronym nor Abbreviation but has anyone come across the term House Proprietor....is that Owner? Or can anyone offer guess at the following occupation....'P-- of Houses'. Just 2 unreadable letters after P I'm looking at a dwelling on a 1861 Census. Don

    Started by ridleydonald‎, 27-01-2015 4:37 AM
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  19. Reading part of military document

    2/Siege Artillery Reserve Brigade. But what does it say after that abbreviation - is it R Ged? or something else. Also he was transferred to Army reserve on the 8th Jan 1919 which is BEFORE the date of enlistment listed here. Am I right that the 19th May 1919 is his date of enlistment (should it...

    Started by Mitch in Notts‎, 09-11-2014 6:08 PM
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  20. lapel badge 1920's

    Good afternoon all we have recently uncovered an early photograph/print of my grandfather , we have roughly dated it 1922-1926 , as this was the period he demobbed and before he was married . On his lapel of his suit jacket there is a small badge , approx 10-15mm dia , it appears to have a...

    Started by deanC‎, 01-10-2012 4:29 PM
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