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What does VSP mean in the book The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783?

The book 'The Original Scots Colonists of Early America, 1612-1783'' by David Dobson is also available on archive.org. Abbreviations are listed at the beginning of the book, but as you observed, VSP ...
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Puzzling Swiss/French date abbreviation?

I think if you delve deeper you may find that the "I" is the Roman numeral for 1 and represents the month of January. I think Roman numerals are being used for months to avoid confusion between date ...
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What month does Xemb. mean?

I may be stating the obvious here, but as the etymology of this abbreviation is not covered in PolyGeo's answer: Xember and its associated abbreviations are using X, the Roman numeral 10, to ...
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What month is this? (German kurrent abbreviation)

It is November [9ber]. Novem is Latin for nine. November was once the ninth month in the calendar. You may also see 7ber for September, 8ber for October and 10ber or Xber for December in records. ...
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What month does Xemb. mean?

To be more confident that "Xemb. means December" (which I suspect it probably does) you could look at slightly earlier entries in the same set of records for abbreviations like VIIemb., VIIIob./...
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Understanding Irish marriage certificate register abbreviations?

I think it is "St." from the address "Cumberland St.", which encroaches on the next box. The bar of the "t" is detached, as in "Cottages" in the groom's address, and the dot is elongated, so that it ...
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Unknown Abbreviations in abstract of probate

"CH" refers to CHarles County, Maryland. "A" (meaning "account") can be found in these documents: "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court; (multiple editions, called "...
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What does "R F D" stand for in a city directory?

RFD = Rural Free Delivery, referring to those people on the rural mail routes. The numeral will refer to the route. The abbreviation is noted in the introductory information of a 1914 Missouri ...
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What does "ads" stand for in a Chancery Court record index?

These are chancery court cases. Ads is an abbreviation for ad sectam, Latin for "at the suit of". The alternative is vs for versus. The difference is that for papers associated with the defendant ...
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Was this Susannah's first or second marriage?

Assuming this is "New England Marriages Prior to 1700" by Clarence Almon Torrey, there is a rather good guide to that 12-volume set at americanancestors.org here (TorreyIntro.pdf). It's worth ...
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What does MSW stand for in a book on University of Michigan sports?

That's a list of people who competed in sports. So in your example it seems likely that VB is volleyball, FB is football, and MSW is men's swimming. I would presume that any three-letter abbreviation ...
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Understanding Irish marriage certificate register abbreviations?

I agree with Andy's assessment, that the mystery abbreviation is the "St" from Cumberland St. I know very little about the archiving process of Irish marriage records, but I would add that this ...
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The significance of A.M. after a given name?

I suspect this refers to his degree – Master of Arts (Artium Magister), now more commonly abbreviated as M.A. In the vital records you found this entry in, there is another John Rogers (d.1782), a ...
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What would DS and FL stand for in Passenger list

The Queensland State Archives Brief guide 16 provides some explanations on Immigration Agent records. Free and assisted passages were granted by the Government to categories of immigrants and their ...
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Puzzling Swiss/French date abbreviation?

My partner who is Swiss agrees that it is a roman numeral "I" and stands for the first month of the year, i.e., January.
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What does NFP RC mean in marriage record of Virginia 1799?

NFP, RC is a place abbreviation for North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia. NC DC Ord Etc:363, I believe is a source or case citation. This is the Original Book the record came from. It's ...
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What does confy stand for in Missouri (USA) city directory?

I found one directory for 1906 where the listing of companies in the rear listed the same address for which the abbreviation confy was used under Confectionary. Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, ...
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Understanding Adv. abbreviation at end of 1921 Arkansas newspaper notice?

One of the job titles in the legal profession is Advocate. In some regions, the abbreviation Adv is suffixed to a lawyer's name to indicate this position. Other similar expressions would be JP (...
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What do MRC and WI Abbreviations Mean in Virginia Marriages of the Northern Neck?

The prior section has another set of abbreviations for books: MRC Marriages of Richmond County Virginia 1668–1853 by George H. S. King.
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Decoding abbreviations in Connecticut church records (pre-1800)

When you're using an Ancestry database like Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920 which was created from a book or series of printed books, browse back to the beginning of the book to look ...
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What does dism. or dismt. stand for in Orphan court record, does it relate to being of legal age?

My experience is primarily with Pennsylvania's orphans court. However, this makes it seem that the answer to your question, for the context of Virginia, is yes, the child would have been an orphan ...
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What does dism. or dismt. stand for in Orphan court record, does it relate to being of legal age?

This is intended to be a more general answer, to help others who may have a similar problem. Judy G. Russell's advice (posted 4 oct 2021) is apt: "For heaven’s sake, look at the law!" When ...
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What are these abbreviations in Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight, Virginia?

The abbreviations are as follows: Leg. - legacy, legacies OR Legatee (the person receiving a legacy) D. - Death or dated (surely death in this example) Ex. - Executor R. - Register: sometimes this is ...
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Meaning of abbreviation "(O.K.)" on 1939 Michigan death certificate?

According to the information on the death certificate:- your grandfather:- Irwin Blake his father :- Charles Johnson - Swedish his mother :- Augusta Svenson I'm am wondering why his ...
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