Glossary of Genealogy Terms
Account [Administration Account]
A record of debit and credit entries to cover transactions involving a [deceased] person.
A unit of land in the U.S. and England equal to 43,560 square feet (4047 square meters).
Administration [Letters of Administration]
A letter evidencing the right of an administrator to administer the goods or estate of a deceased person.
A person legally vested with the right of administration of an estate.
A woman administrator especially of an estate.
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To testify, bear witness or affirm to be true, genuine or authentic.
Banns [after banns]
An official formal public announcement, especially in church,
of a proposed marriage.
A body of water which extends from or enters into a main body or source,|
such as a stream that flows into another usually larger stream, creek or tributary.
Marked cattle (possibly by cropping or branding).
Item(s) or property (including a person held in servitude as the chattel of another),
except for real estate and things such as buildings connected with real property.
To transfer or deliver to another especially by a sealed writing.
To cause to pass from one place or person to another.
One to whom a debt is owed; a person to whom money or goods are due.
One who gives evidence.
A declaration, statement or testimony taken down in writing under oath.
Testifying before a court.
The act of giving or disposing of real property by will or clause of a will.
departed this life
A landed proprietor.
A member of the English gentry ranking below a knight.
A candidate for knighthood serving as shield bearer and attendant to a knight.
Used as a title of courtesy usually placed in its abbreviated form after the surname (i.e. Philemon Horney, Esq.)
A leaf or page number of a manuscript or book [Liber].
A member of the "Society of Friends", also known as "Quakers".
A subdivision of some English and American counties.
A document stating the terms under which a security (as a bond) is issued.
A formal certificate (as an inventory or voucher) prepared for purposes of control.
A contract binding one person to work for another for a given period of time.
To bind (as an apprentice) by or as if by indentures.
A person who signs and is bound by indentures to work for another
for a specified time
especially in return for payment of travel expenses and maintenance.
The present or current month.
Instrument [Instrument of Writing]
A formal legal document (as a deed, bond, or agreement).
An itemized list of current assets of an individual or estate, (which may include Additional Inventories).
Manuscript or Book.
The age at which a persons full civil rights are accorded.
The period before a persons attainment of majority [Legal minor.]
One of two equal parts or approximately equal parts (Half.)
One of the portions into which something is divided (Part.)
One of two basic subdivisions.
The first-generation offspring of a black person and a white person.
To be admitted to citizenship.
next of kin
A probate court which in some states (or provinces) has jurisdiction over the affairs of minors and the administration of estates.
A measure of length, equal to 5 1/2 yards; a rod.
Personal property other than real estate consisting of things temporary or movable [Chattels].
A device formerly used for publicly punishing offenders consisting of a
wooden frame with holes in which the head and hands can be locked.
One who settles or founds a place and especially a new colony.
One who owns or operates a plantation.
One who cultivates land or crops or raises animals or fish.
The action or process of proving before a competent judicial authority that a document
offered as the last will and testament of a deceased person is genuine and valid.
A court that has jurisdiction chiefly over the probate of wills and administration of deceased persons' estates.
One granted ownership of a colony (as one of the original American colonies)
and full prerogatives of establishing a government and distributing land.
One who has the legal right or exclusive title to something (owner).
Prove [Proved; Proven]
To test the truth, validity, or genuineness of [Prove a will at probate].
A widow; a woman who has lost her husband by death.
One who has become legally liable for the debt, default, or failure in duty of another.
A bond guaranteeing performance of a contract or obligation.
Relating to earthly time as opposed to eternity,
Earthly or worldly estate.
A person who dies leaving a will or testament in force.
A female testator.
An area of land.
The previous month.
To wit; to know; that is to say; namely.
Relict; a woman who has lost her husband by death.
A man who has lost his wife by death.
A legal declaration of a person's wishes [orally or by written instrument]
regarding the disposal of his or her property or estate after death.
As I began to research old wills, administration accounts, inventories and other early North American
colonial and post colonial records, I began to compile a glossary of terms.
Most of the terms in this glossary were gleaned from:
Dee Horney - Gabler
October 22, 2005