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Abbreviations and Acronyms


Author: R. A. Davis
Date: June 2007

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a/k/aalso known as ABAlberta (CAN)
abson of (W. preceding vowel names) ABAAmerican Bar Association
ABCFMAmerican Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions ABDAberdeenshire (SCT)
abdaboard ADAnno Domini (year of the Lord)
ADCaide-de-camp adm:estate administrator application, named or undertaken
AFAncestry File (LDS) AFAIKas far as is known
AGAttorney General AGYAnglesey (WLS)
ALDAlderney (CHI) AMAAmerican Medical Association
ANSAngus (SCT) ANSForfarshire (SCT)
ANTAntrim (ULS) apson of (W. preceding consonental names)
AR7Weis's "Ancestral Roots" (7th ed.) ARLArgyllshire (SCT)
ARMArmagh (ULS) ASAfrica Star
ASCAnglo-Saxon Chronicles BANBanffshire (SCT)
BartBaronet BCBritish Columbia (CAN)
BCEbefore Common Era BDFBedfordshire (ENG)
BEWBerwickshire (SCT) BKMBuckinghamshire (ENG)
BPbefore present BPBurke's "Peerage"
bp:baptized BREBrecknockshire (WLS)
BRKBerkshire (ENG) BssBaroness
BtBaronet btr:betrothal
btwbetween BTWby the way
bur:buried BUTButeshire (SCT)
BWMBritish War Medal BYUBrigham Young University
CAECærnarvonshire (WLS) CAICaithness-shire (SCT)
CAMCambridgeshire (ENG) CANCanada
CARCarlow (IRL) CAVCavan (IRL)
CBCompanion of the Order of the Bath CBECommander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
CCNCentury Cyclopedia of Names CdreCommodore
CECommon Era CEOChief Executive Officer
CGNCardiganshire (WLS) CHCompanion of Honour
CHIChannel Isles (Great Britain) CHSCheshire (ENG)
CIACentral Intelligence Agency (U.S.) CIECompanion of the Order of the Indian Empire
CLAClare (IRL) CLKClackmannanshire (SCT)
CMGCompanion of the Order of St Michael and St George CMHCambridge Modern History; ~ Mediæval ~
CMHCongressional Medal of Honor (USA) CMNCarmarthenshire (WLS)
CONCornwall (ENG) CORCork (IRL)
CPComplete Peerage cr.creation
CSAConfederate States of America CSICompanion of the Order of the Star of India
CSSCascaded Style Sheets CssCountess
CtCount CteCompte (Fr. Count)
CtsComptes (Fr. Countess) CULCumberland (ENG)
CVOCommander of the Royal Victorian Order d.umdied unmarried
DADistrict Attorney DARDaughters of the American Revolution
DBCDame Commander of the Order of the Bath DBEDame of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
DBYDerbyshire (ENG) DCCBRCommemorative Biographical Record of Dutchess County (1897)
DCLDoctor of Civil Laws DCMGDame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George
DCVODame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order DDDoctor of Divinity
DENDenbighshire (WLS) DEUGermany
DEVDevonshire (ENG) DFCDistinguished Flying Cross
DFSDumfriesshire (SCT) dist:estate distribution
dld:declared legally dead dlrdealer
DMDefence Medal DNBDunbartonshire (SCT)
DNKDenmark dobdate of birth
doddate of death DONDonegal (IRL)
DORDorset (ENG) DOWa surname
DOWDown (ULS) DPIdots per inch
DSMDistinguished Service Medal (USA) DSODistinguished Service Order
dsp:decessit sine prole (died without issue) dspl:died without legitimate issue
dspm:died without surviving male issue dsps:died without surviving issue
DssDuchess DSTDaylight Savings Time
DUBDublin (IRL) DURDurham (ENG)
dvm:died in mother's lifetime dvp:died in father's lifetime
dy:died young EICEast India Company (British)
ELNEast Lothian (SCT) en:engagement
ENGEngland, English ERYYKS East Riding (ENG)
espespecially esqesquire
Esqesquire EsqEsquire (usually designating a lawyer)
ESSEssex (ENG) FAQFrequently Asked Question(s)
fchferch (W. daughter of) FERFermanagh (ULS)
ffand following (pages) FGSFamily Group Sheet
FGSFrance & Germany Star FIFFifeshire (SCT)
FINFinland fl.flourished
fl:flourished FLNFlintshire (WLS)
FLOTUSFirst Lady of the United States fnufirst name not known
frfrom FRAFrance
FRGSFellow of the Royal Geographical Society FRNFederal Reserve Note
Frnfreiin (G. dau. of a Baron) FRSFellow of the Royal Society
FstFürst (G. Prince) FTMFamilyTreeMaker®
FTPFile Transfer Protocol G.S.gravestone
GALGalway (IRL) GARGrand Army of the Republic
GBGreat Britain (from 1603, officially from 1707) GBEKnight/Dame of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
GCGeorge Cross GCBKnight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
GCIEKnight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire GCMGKnight/Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George
GCSIKnight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India GCVOKnight/Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order
GEDGEnealogical Data (COMmunications) file GEDCOMGEnealogical Data COMmunications file
GfGraf (G. Count) GFgrandfather
GfnGräfin (G. Countess) GGUgreat great uncle
GLAGlamorgan (WLS) (
GLSGloucestershire (ENG) GMgrandmother
GPCGenealogical Publishing Co. ( GPSGlobal Positioning System
GSYGuernsey (CHI) GtGreat
HAMHampshire (ENG) HEFHerefordshire (ENG)
HMSHis (Her) Majesty's Ship (Brit.) HQHeritage Quest online repository (
HRHouse of Representatives HREHoly Roman Empire/Emp-eror/-ress
HRTHertfordshire (ENG) HTMLHyperText Markup Language
HTTPHyperText Transfer Protocol HUNHungary
HUNHuntingdonshire (ENG) IaInfanta (Sp. Royal princess)
IGIInternational Genealogical Index (LDS) IMDbInternet Movie Database (
IMHOin my humble opinion IMOin my opinion
inq:inquest int:interment
INVInverness-shire (SCT) inv:estate inventoried
IOMIndian Order of Merit (Military) IOMIsle Of Man (CHI)
IOWIsle Of Wight (CHI) IRLIreland
ISItaly Star ISBNInternational Standard Book Number
ISLIceland ISOImperial Service Order
ITTerritory (US) ITAItaly
JPJustice of the Peace JSYJersey (CHI)
KBKnight of the Order of the Bath KBEKnight of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
KCKing's Counsel KCBKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath
KCDKincardineshire (SCT) KCIEKnight Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
KCMGKnight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George KCSIKnight Commander of the Order of the Star of India
KCVOKnight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order KENKent (ENG)
KERKerry (IRL) KGKnight of the Order of the Garter
KIAKilled In Action KIDKildare (IRL)
KIKKilkenny (IRL) KKDKirkcudbrightshire (SCT)
KPKnight of the Most Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick KRSKinross-shire (SCT)
KtKnight KTKnight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle
LANLancashire (ENG) LCLibrary of Congress (US) (
LdgveLandgrave LDSChurch of Latter Day Saints (Mormon)
LDYLondonderry (ULS) LEILeicestershire (ENG)
LETLeitrim (IRL) LEXLeix/Queens (IRL)
LGLady of the Order of the Garter LIMLimerick (IRL)
LINLincolnshire (ENG) liv:living; was alive in
LKSLanarkshire (SCT) LNDLondon (City only) (ENG)
lnulast name not known LoCLibrary of Congress (US) (
LOGLongford (IRL) LOULouth (IRL)
LPLady of the Most Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick LTLady of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle
LVOLieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order ma:marriage agreement, contract
MAYa surname MAYMayo (IRL)
MAYthe 3° month MBManitoba (CAN)
mb:marriage banns published MBCMassachusetts Bay Colony
MBEMember of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire MCmember of Congress (US)
MCMilitary Cross MCWeis's "Magna Charta Sureties"
mc:marriage certificate MCSMagna Charta Surety
MDa state, Maryland MDMedical Doctor
md:marriage dispensation MDXMiddlesex (ENG)
MEAMeath (IRL) MERMerionethshire (WLS)
mfgrmanufacturer mfrmanufacturer
MgveMargrave MGYMontgomeryshire (WLS)
mi:marriage intentions MIAMissing In Action
MkgfMarkgraf (G. Margrave) ml:marriage license
MLNMidlothian (SCT) MLNFAMoved Left No Forwarding Address
MMMonthly Meeting (Quaker) MOAMaking of America
MOFPresidential Medal of Freedom (USA) MOGMonanghan (IRL)
MOHCongressional Medal of Honor (USA) MoHMaid of Honor
MONMonmouthshire (WLS) MORMorayshire (SCT)
MPMember of Parliament MPmotion picture
mp:marriage published msp:marriage /sin prole/ (without issue)
MVOMember of the Royal Victorian Order mx:marriage by proxy
NAINairnshire (SCT) NAVBARNAVigation ToolBAR
NBNew Brunswick (CAN) NBLNorthumberland (ENG)
NEHGRNew England Historical and Genealogical Register, a/k/a the Register NEHGSNew England Historical and Genealogical Society
NEXUSA NEHGS publication NFNewfoundland (CAN)
NFKNorfolk (ENG) NGSNational Gealogical Society
NGSNational Geographic Society NGSQNational Gealogical Society Quarterly
NHCNew Haven Colony NLDNetherlands/Holland
No.North NORNorway
nrnear NRYYKS North Riding (ENG)
NSNova Scotia (CAN) NSFCNational Society of Film Critics
NSNno surname nsnno surname
NTNorthwest Territories (CAN) NTHNorthamptonshire (ENG)
NTTNottinghamshire (ENG) nxnno Christian name (no given name)
NYCNew York City NYGBRNew York Genealogical & Biographical Register
NYGBSNew York Genealogical & Biographical Society NYMCNew York Marble Cemetery
OBEOfficer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire obit:obituary publication
OCHOrder of the Companions of Honor ODNBOxford Dictionary of National Biography
ODTOutline Descent Tree OFFOffaly/Kings (IRL)
OKIOrkney Isles (SCT) OMOrder of Merit
ONOntario (CAN) OXFOxfordshire (ENG)
Parparish PCPrivy Counsellor (UK)
PCQuebec (CAN) pctprecinct
PEPrince Edward Island (CAN) PEEPeebles-shire (SCT)
PEIPrince Edward Island (CAN) PEMPembrokeshire (WLS)
PERPerthshire (SCT) PfgfPfalzgraf (G. Count-Palatine)
PfgfnPfalzgräfin (G. Countess-Palantine) PlPlantation
PMPrime Minister (UK) PMHBPennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
POLa surname, e.g. St POL POLPoland
POTUSPresident of the United States POWPrisoner of War
PRFPedigree Resource File (LDS) PssPrincess
QCQuebec (CAN) QCQueen's Counsel
QSAMQueen's South Africa Medal QSMQueen's Sudan Medal
RADRadnorshire (WLS) RADRod Dav4is
RCCRoman Catholic Church RDCReformed Dutch Church
rec:recorded remremoved [to]
REPMember of the US House of Representaves res:resides -ed
RFCRoyalty for Commoners RFWRenfrewshire (SCT)
RMSRoyal Mail Steamship (Brit.) RNRoyal Navy (Brit.)
ROCRoss & Cromarty (SCT) ROSa surname = ROOS
ROSRoscommon (IRL) ROXRoxburghshire (SCT)
RRrailroad RUTRutland (ENG)
SAGScreen Actors Guild SALShropshire (ENG)
SCa state, South Carolina SCSociety of the Cincinnati
SCTScotland SDASeventh Day Adventist church
SELSelkirkshire (SCT) SENMember of the US Senate
SFKSuffolk (ENG) SHIShetland Isles (SCT)
sicquoted verbatim (L. thus) SJSociety of Jesus (Jesuit)
SKSaskatchewan (CAN) SLISligo (IRL)
SnSeñor snSignor
snusurname not known soasin otro apellido (Sp. no other surname)
SOMSomerset (ENG) SrSister
SRKSark (CHI) SRYSurry (ENG)
SSDISocial Security Death Index (U.S.A.) SSXSussex (ENG)
STIStirlingshire (SCT) STSStaffordshire (ENG)
SUTSutherland (SCT) SWESweden
TAGThe American Genealogist TBDto de done/determined
TCNThe Connecticut Nutmegger temptempore =in the time of
TGThe Genealogist [NY & Salt Lake City] TIPTipperary (IRL)
TOCTable of Contents TQTyler's Quarterly
TwpTownship TYRTyrone (ULS)
UKUnited Kingdom (ENG, SCT, WLS + ULS) ULSUlster (Northern Ireland)
USAUnited States Army USAUnited States of America
USMCUnited States Marine Corps USNUnited States Navy
USSUnited States Ship V:1812Veteran of War of 1812 (1812-1815)
V:7YWVeteran of the Seven Years War [1754, 1756-1763]; in America: the French and Indian War V:BHWVeteran of Black Hawk War (1832)
V:CSAConfederate Veteran of American Civil War (1861-1865) V:CWVeteran of American Civil War (1861-1865)
V:FIWVeteran of French and Indian War (1754-1763) V:GSFVeteran of Great Swamp Fight (Dec 1675)
V:KPWVeteran of King Philip's War (1675-1676) V:MAWVeteran of the Mexican-American War (1846-1848)
V:PWVeteran of Pequot War (1637) V:RWVeteran of American Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
V:SAWVeteran of Spanish-American War (1898) V:VNVeteren of the Vietnam War (1955-1975)
V:WW1Veteran of World War I (1914-1918) V:WW2Veteran of World War II (1939-1945)
VCVictoria Cross vchverch (W. daughter of)
VcteVicomte (Fr. Viscount) VctsViscountess
VHMVirginia Historical Magazine VMVictory Medal
W3CWorld Wide Web Consortium ( WARWarwickshire (ENG)
WATWaterford (IRL) WCWorldConnect online repository (
wd:will dated WEMWestmeath (IRL)
WESWestmoreland (ENG) WEXWexford (IRL)
WFBanks's "The Winthrop Fleet" WFTWorld Family Tree®
WICWicklow (IRL) WIGWigtownshire (SCT)
WILWiltshire (ENG) WLNWest Lothian (SCT)
WLSWales WMWar Medal
WORWorcestershire (ENG) wp:will proved/probated
wr:will recorded WRYYKS West Riding (ENG)
YKSYorkshire (ENG) YTYukon (CAN)
:cause of death


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