Questions tagged [abbreviations]

Questions pertaining to the interpretation, meanings, and definition of abbreviations (a shortened form of a word or phrase. It consists of a group of letters taken from the word or phrase); but not acronyms which are different.

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What name might "B." indicate in 16th or 17th century Germany?

I've run across the abbreviated name "B." in the oldest church books I am working with. I don't think I've seen it used after around the middle of the 17th century, but I've seen it in ...
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What does dism. or dismt. stand for in Orphan court record, does it relate to being of legal age?

In the journal Southside Virginian Volume: VI page 129 reads in part: Orphans Docket to August Court 1764: Guardian: Jordan Knight; Orphan: Richd. Knight; Of Whom: John Knight; Aug 1764: dism. What ...
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The significance of A.M. after a given name?

John [A.M. GR1], Esq., Nov. 25, 1827, a. abt. 79 y. CR1 [Nov. 24, a. 80 y. GR1] This death entry for John Rogers is found in the Vital Records of Gloucester, Massachusetts, vol. 3. GR1 represents a ...
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What month is this? (German kurrent abbreviation)

I've seen this abbreviation used in the Thuringia region as late as the late 1800s. Yet it isn't on even the rather exhaustive list at https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Month_Names_in_German To ...
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What does VSP mean in the book The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783?

In the book ''The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783'' by David Dobson, published in Baltimore by the Genealogical Publishing Co. in 1984, I find on page 349 it lists an entry for ...
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What do MRC and WI Abbreviations Mean in Virginia Marriages of the Northern Neck?

I have a marriage entry I found in this book on Ancestry: Virginia, Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1649-1800; Ancestry Record 5063 #14673; Name: Elizabeth Wilson; Marriage Date: Abt 1697;...
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Decoding abbreviations in Connecticut church records (pre-1800)

I've got an image from the "Connecticut Church Records Abstracts, 1630-1920", but I don't know what all the abbreviations mean. Izabel, wid. d. May 5, 1785 I got that, Isabelle (Johnson) ...
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Understanding Irish marriage certificate register abbreviations?

I have a question re the use of abbreviations in Ireland perhaps on a broader scale too with other countries too. Attached is an image of a signature which looks like James Byrne on a marriage cert (...
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What would DS and FL stand for in Passenger list

In the Lists of immigrants arriving by immigrant ships at Maryborough QLD, there is a Remarks column. There are numerous DS and FL in this column. What would the DS and FL stand for? They are not ...
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What does MSW stand for in a book on University of Michigan sports?

I am researching a relative whose name appears in the book Michigan: Champions of the West. Much of the book consists of names, abbreviations, and years. Here is an excerpt: Bailey, Debi VB ...
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What are these abbreviations in Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight, Virginia?

I see entries like this one on page 20 of Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Virginia, 1647-1800: HIGGINS, Roger: Leg. mother Mary Lupo; at the death of mother my cattle at Edward ...
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What month does Xemb. mean?

I find The Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Va., from 1653 to 1812 that reads in part: Sarah Trigg ye dautr of Daniell & Susannah Trigg baptz 26th of Xemb. 1686 I'm guessing ...
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Was this Susannah's first or second marriage?

I found a marriage "record" published in a compilation (New England Marriages Prior to 1700): BROWN, William & Susannah [HARDING], w John; 27 Oct 1699; Eastham I am not sure what w stands for ...
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Unknown Abbreviations in abstract of probate

I have found a number of abstracts from another researcher and do not know exactly what they mean. The following is a typical one: Eliab Cooper b. 1767, Charles County, MD Father: Jesse Cooper ...
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Puzzling Swiss/French date abbreviation?

Does anyone know what the capital 'I' might represent in this date? There is no French month that begins with 'I', and the document uses numbers for months as well as spelled out month names ...
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Meaning of abbreviation "(O.K.)" on 1939 Michigan death certificate?

I have located my grandfather's Michigan death certificate from 1939. Following his father's name is the abbreviation "(O.K.)". What does that mean?
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Understanding Adv. abbreviation at end of 1921 Arkansas newspaper notice?

I found the following posted in a Arkansas newspaper in 1921 regarding a family member of mine: NOTICE--I hereby give notice that I will not be responsible for any debts contracted by my wife, ...
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What does "ads" stand for in a Chancery Court record index?

I found the following index page at Family Search: I would like to know what "ads" stands for in the unlabeled column and what it implies. Does it stand for "administrator"and imply that that person ...
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What does NFP RC mean in marriage record of Virginia 1799?

I found a book on Ancestry.com that transcribes: EGBERT, Delency & DALE, Sally; bef. 21 Oct 1799; bride was a dau. of Jn. (& Lucy ?) DALE of NFP, RC and a sis. of Reuben DALE; by Oct ...
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What does "R F D" stand for in a city directory?

I've seen several entries in different cities of the Missouri area that use the abbreviation of R F D sometimes followed by a numeral for the address of a person. What does R F D stand for?
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What does confy stand for in Missouri (USA) city directory?

In city directories around 1906 to 1910 for Independency, Jackson, Missouri, what does the abbreviation "confy" stand for?
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