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HEADSTONE ABBREVIATIONS


I have done some research on the various cemetery headstone abbreviations. Here are the ones I have found. If you are aware of one I do not have, please email me, so I can add them to the list.
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AAONMS Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine(Masonic) AASR Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite (Masonic) ABA American Benefit Association AF&AM Ancient Free and Accepted Masons ALOH American Legion of Honor AMD Allied Masonic Degree AMORC Ancient and Mystical Order Rosae Crucis (Rosicrucians) AMOS Ancient Mystic Order of Samaritans (see IOOF) AOF Ancient Order Of Foresters AOH Ancient Order of Hibernians AOKMC Ancient Order Of Knights of Mystic Chain AOUW Ancient Order Of United Workmen APA American Protective Association AUM Ancient Order of Mysteries (Masonic) AUSA Association of the United States Army AUV Association of Union Veterans B of RTM Brotherhood of Rail Road Track Men BARE Benefit Association Of Railway Employees BAY Brotherhood of American Yeomen BK of M Black Knights of Molders BKA Benevolent Knights Association BLE Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers BLF&E Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen & Engineers BPOE Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks BPOEW Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World BRT Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen CAR Children of the American Revolution CBKA Commandery Benevolent Knights Association CBL Catholic Benevolent Legion CCTAS Crusaders-Catholic Total Abstinence Society CD of A Catholic Daughters of America CK of A Catholic Knights of America CMBA Catholic Mutual Benefit Association COOF Catholic Order of Foresters CSA Confederate States Army CTAS Catholic Total Abstinence Society DAR Daughters of the American Revolution D.O.A./DA Daughters of America DAC Daughters of the American Colonists DAV Disabled American Veterans DOKK Dramatic Order Knights of Khorassan (Knights of Pythias) DoL Daughters of Liberty DOLLUS Dames of the Loyal Legion of the United States DON Daughters of the Nile (Masonic) DUV Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War EAA Experimental Aircraft Association EAU Equitable Aid Union EBA Emerald Beneficial Association ECVE Clampus Vitus FAA Free and Accepted Americans FAM Free and Accepted Masons FCB Knights of Pythias FLT Independent Order of Odd Fellows FMF Fleet Marine Force FOAST Fraternal Order of Alaska State Troopers FOE Fraternal Order of Eagles FOF Fraternal Order of Firefighters FOP Fraternal Order of Police GAR Grand Army of the Republic GALSTPTR German American Legion of St. Peter GLAUM Grand Lodge Ancient Order of Mysteries-Masonic Order GLDS Grand Lodge Daughters of Scotia GUOOF Grand United Order of Odd Fellows HZ Haro Zaro IBBH International Brotherhood of Blacksmiths and Helpers ICBU Irish Catholic Benevolent Union IHSV Red Cross of Constantine (Masonic) IOA International Order of Alhambra IODE Independent Order, Daughters of the Empire IOF Independent Order of Foresters IOGT International Order of Good Templars IOH Improved Order of Heptasophs IOHH International Order of Hoo-Hoo IOI Independent Order of Immaculates IOJD Independent Order of Job's Daughters IOKP Independent Order of Knights of Pythias IOOF Independent Order of Odd Fellows IOOF-PM Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Past Master IOR Independent Order of Rechabites IORG International Order of Rainbow Girls (Masonic) IORM Improved Order of Redmen (Sons of Liberty) IOStL Independent Order of St. Luke IOV International Order of Vikings ISDA Italian Sons and Daughters of America ISH Independent Sons of Honor IUOM Independent United Order of Mechanics IWW Industrial Workers of the World JAOUW Junior Order-Ancient Order of United Workmen J.O.A.M. Junior Order of American Mechanics J.O.U.A.M. Junior Order of United American Mechanics K.of C. Knights of Columbus K.of P. Knights of Pythias K of FM Knights of Father Matthew K of H Knights of Honor K of L Knights of Loyola K.M. Knights of Malta (Masonic) K.T. Knights Templar K of SJ Knights of St. John K of STP Knights of St. Patrick K of STW Knights of St. Wenceslas K of T Knights of Tabor K of TM Knights of the Macabees K.of C. Knights of Columbus K.of P. Knights of Pythias KC Knights of Columbus KFM Knights of Father Matthew KG Knights of St. George KGC Knights of the Golden Chain KGC Knights of the Golden Circle KGE Knights of the Golden Eagle KGL Knight Grand Legion KHC Knights of Holy Cross KKK Knights of Klu-Klux Klan KLH Knights and Ladies of Honor KM Knights Militant (See KKK) KM Knights of Malta (Masonic) KMC Knights of the Mystic Chain KOL Knights of Labor KOTM Knights of the Macabees KP Knights of Pythias KPC Knights of Peter Claver KSC Knights of St. Columbkille KSF Knights of Sherwood Forest KSL Knights of St. Lawrence KSTG Knights of St. George KSTI Knights of St. Ignatius KSTJ Knights of St. Joseph KSTM Knights of St. Martin KSTP Knights of St. Paul KSTP Knights of St. Peter KSTT Knights of St. Thomas KT Knights of Tabor KT Knights Templars (Masonic) LAOH Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians LDG Independent Order of Foresters LGAR Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic LK of A Loyal Knights of America LOL Loyal Order Orange Lodge (The Orange Order){Orange Men} L.O.M Loyal Order of Moose LOOM Loyal Order of the MOOSE LOVUS Legion of Valor of the United States M.W.A. Modern Woodmen of America MAW Marine Air Wing M.W.A. Modern Woodmen of America MBS Mutual Benefit Society MCL Marine Corps League MOLLUS Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States MOOSE Loyal Order of the Moose MOPH Military Order of the Purple Heart MOVPER Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Mystic Realm (Grotto) MRA Royal Arcanum N.O.W. Neighbors of Woodcraft NCOA Non-Commissioned Officers Association (Military Society) NEOP New England Order of Protection NL Navy League NOK New Order Knights (see KKK) NSDAR National Society Daughters of American Revolution NSDAR National Society Daughters of the American Revolution NSSUP National Society Sons of Utah Pioneers NU National Union O of A Order of Amaranth (Masonic) O of UF Order of United Friends OCF Order of Chosen Friends ODHS Des Schwestern Verbandes (Sisters of the Federation OES Order of the Eastern Star OGC Order of the Golden Cross OSC Order of Scottish Clans (St. Andrew's Societies) OUAM Order of United American Mechanics PF of A Patriotic Friends of America PH The Order of Patrons of Husbandry (The Grange) PM Patriarchs Militant (Independent Order of Odd Fellows) RA Royal Academy RA Royal Arcanum R.A.M. Royal Arch Masons *R.N.A. Royal Neighbors of America RIP Requiescat in pace, Latin for REST IN PEACE RK Roman Knights RMOKHSJ The Religious and Military Order of Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of jerusalem RO-AUM Rosicrucian Order (Masonic) ROJ Royal Order of Jesters (Masonic) RSGF Royal Society of Good Fellows RSM Royal and Select Masons RSTV Rite of St. Vaclara RSTV Rite of ST. Vita RTT Royal Templars of Temperance S.A.L. Sons of the American Legion SAR Sisters of the American Revolution SAR Sons of the American Revolution S.A.W.V. Spanish American War Veteran SBCL Saint Bonifazius Catholic Union SBL Society B. Lafayette SCV Sons of the Confederate Veterans S.C.V.C.W. Sons of the Conferderate Veterans of the Civil War S of E Sons of England S.F.W.C. Supreme Forest Woodmen Circle SMAA Scandinavian Mutual Aid Association SNA-AUM Shrine of North America (Masonic) S.O.C.V. Sons of the Confederate Veterans SR Scottish Rite (Masonic) ST Sons of Temperance ST.G S o NY St. George's Society of New York SUVCW Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War S of St.G Sons of St. George S.S.M.A. Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Association S.U.V.C.W. Sons of the United Veteran's of the Civil War SV Sons of Veterans SV Sons of Veterans of the United States of America TCL Tall Ceders of Lebanon (Masonic) TH Temple of Honor and Temperance-Independent Order of Odd Fellows TH Temple of Honor-Independent Order of Odd Fellows TPLF Temple of Honor and Temperance, IOOF TROA The Retired Officer's Association U.S.A. United States Army U.S.A.F. United States Air Force U.S.M.C. United States Marine Corp U.S.N. United States Navy UAOD United Ancient Order of Druids UCV United Confederate Veterans UDC United Daughters of the Confederacy UFL Union Fraternal League UFM United Friends of Michigan UOPF United Order of Pilgrim Fathers UR The Uniform Ranks designation found on many VFW Veteran's of Foreign Wars W.C. Woodmen Circle W.O.W. Woodmen of the World W.O.W. Women of Woodcraft WKSC White Knights of the Southern Cross (See KKK) YMCA Young Men's Christian Association YWCA Young Women's Christian Association *Many times the RNA will only have a small aluminum stake beside the tombstone with those initials on it. The others will usually have the name of the organization spelled out but occasionally have only the initials on the stone.

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