Acronyms and Abbreviations

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There are many abbreviated words related to genealogy and family history research. Some are not easily found in many glossaries that are available. Here is a list of a few of these:

    • AF = Ancestral File (a database within FamilySearch.org)
    • bap / chr = Baptized / Christened
    • BMD / BDM = Births, Marriages, and Deaths
    • c / ca. / circa = approximately (ex. "ca. 1535" means in about 1535)

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Common Genealogical Acronyms -
http://austega.com/familyhistory/courses/acronyms.htm

Association of Professional Genealogists: Abbreviations and Acronyms -
http://www.apgen.org/resources/aa.html

Genealogical Acronyms and Glossary -
http://homepages.nildram.co.uk/~jimella/acronyms.htm

The A to Z of British Genealogical Research (The Emery Paper): Abbreviations - http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/EmeryPaper.html#Abbreviations

International Society of Genetic Genealogy's: DNA - Newbie Glossary -
http://www.worldfamilies.net/glossary.html

List of abbreviations for English given names - Wikipedia - http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Abbreviations_for_English_given_names'
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Family History Library Resources
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There are also books which give the definitions of many abbreviated words. One such book is "Abbreviations & Acronyms: a guide for family historians" compiled by Kip Sperry (FHL book US/Can 929.103Sp37a.)

Use a Title search for "abbreviations" in the Family History Library Catalog found on the www.familysearch.org website for other books which define abbreviations and acronyms such as: Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations Dictionary: a guide to acronyms, abbreviations, contractions, alphabetic symbols, and similar condensed appellations by Jennifer Mossman (FHL book US/Can 428.1 M855a v.1 pt.1 1995.)