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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 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?