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Abbreviations Occurring in Mailing Lists etc.

A2a
Afaik
asap

Access to Archives
As far as I know
as soon as possible

LMA
lol
lol
lol

London Metropolitan Archives
Lots of laughs
Lots of love
Laughing out loud

bfn
btw
<bg>
BVRI

Bye for now
By the way
Big grin
British Vital Records Index

otoh
os

rofl
rtfm

On the other hand
operating system

Rolls on the floor laughing
Read the *** manual

faq
Free BMD
Free Reg
Free Cen
fwiw
fyi

Frequently asked questions
online index of births marriages deaths
ditto baptisms marriages & burials
ditto census
For what its worth
For your information

sks

tia
ttfn

Some kind soul

Thanks in advance
ta-ta for now (goodbye)

<g>

iirc
IGI
imho
imnsho
iow
isp

Grin

If I recall correctly
International Genealogical Index
In my humble opinion
In my not so humble opinion
In other words
Internet service provider

url

<vbg>

Uniform resource locator (web address)

Very big grin

Abbreviations Occurring in 17th. Century Records
 

A.B.
abt.
acc.
acct.
adj.
adm. admon.
admr.
admx.
adv.
aet.
afsd.
agst
ald.
als.
A.M.
ann.
ap
apoth.
app.
appr.
appur.
atty.

Bachelor of Arts
about
according
account
adjoining
administration
administrator
administratrix
advowson
aged
aforesaid
against
alderman
alias
Master of Arts
annum, annuity
son
apothecary
apparent
apprentice
appurtenances
attorney

jr.
jt.

K.B.
kinsm.
kinsw.
Kt.

labr.
ld. lds.
Ld.
leg.
lieunt.
liv.

junior
joint

Knight of the
Bath
kinsman
kinswoman
Knight

labourer
land, lands
Lord
legacy, legatee
lieutenant
living

b.
bapt.
bach.
Bart.
bd.
bef.
beq.
betw.
Bish.
blksmth
bo.
bot.
bp.
bro. bros.
bt.
bur.

born
baptized
bachelor
Baronet
bound
before
bequest
between
bishop
blacksmith
born
bought
bishop
brother (s)
baronet
buried

m.
man.
marr.
md.
mem.
merch.
Merchtayl.
mess.
min.
M.I.
mon.
mort.
moth.
Mr.
Mris.
Mrs.

mother
manor
married, marriage
maid
memorandum
merchant
Merchant
Taylor
messuage
minor, minority
monumental inscription (gravestone)
monument
mortgage, mortgaged
mother
mister, master
mistress
misses

cap.
Capt.
Cath.
ch. chn.
Ch.
chan.
chyd.
cit.
clk.
clthwrkr.
co.
cod.
Coll.
conf.
com.
cond.
cos.
coy.
cred.
ct.
cur.
cust.

capital
captain
cathedral
child, children
church
chancel
churchyard
citizen
clerk
clothworker
county, company
codicil
college
confirming
commission
conditional
cousin (s)
company
creditor
court
curate
customary

N.
nbr. (s)
neph.
not.pub.
nr.
nunc.

ob
occ.
oth.
Overs.

p.
par.
pars
pd.
Pk.
poss.
pow. res., p.r.
pr.
pres.
prin.(c)
prov.
psh.
pshr.
pt.
pub.

North
neighbour (s)
nephew
notary public
near
nuncupative

died
occupation, occupied
other others
overseeer(s)

parish
parson
parsonage
paid
park
possession
power reserved
proved, probate
presence
principal
provision, provided
parish
parishoner
part
published

d. (s)
dat.
dau. daus.
d. b. n.
D. C. L.
D. D.
decd.
def. sen.
Dioc.
d.m.
dow.
Dr.
dur.
d.s.p.
d.v.m.

d.v.p.

daughter(s)
date, dated
daughter(s)
de bonis non
Doctor of Civil Law
Doctor of Divinity
deceased
definitive sentence
diocese
during minority
dowager
doctor
during
decessit sine prole (died without issue)
decessit vitae matre (died in mothers lifetime)
decessit vitae patre (died in father's lifetime)

Rcor.
recd.
rect.
rel.
rem.
ren.
rep.
res
res. leg.
resd.

Recorder
recorded
rector, rectory
relict
remainder
renounced
repair
residue
residuary legatee
reserved

E.
Ebor.
eld.
Epi.
Esq.
est.
exec.
Exor:
Extx:

f.
fath.
form.
fr.
frd.
fshmgr.

East, Earl
York
elder, eldest
bishop's
Esquire
estate
executor, -trix
executor
executrix

father
father
formerly
from
friend
fishmonger

S.
s.
sch.
scr.
script.
sd.
senr.
sent.
servt.
sig.
sis. (t)
S.M.S Nurse

spr.
St.
S. T. P.
surr.

South
son
school
scrivener
scriptor
said
senior
sentence
servant
signature, signed
sister
Subsidiary Medical Services
Confinement Nurse
spinster
Saint
Professor of Scared Theology
surrender(ed)

gent.
gods.
gr.
grch. grchn.
gr. grch.
grd.
grds.
gt.
guard.

gentleman, gentlewoman
godson
granted
grandchild(ren)
great grandchild
ground
granson
great
guardian

ten.
tent.
test.
testr.

und.
univ.
Univ.
unm.
ux.
uz.

tenant, tenure
tenement
testament
testator

under
universal
university
unmarried
wife
wife

h.
hbdr.
hds.
H.M.
hosp.
hou. hous.
hr.
hund.
husb.
husbm.

husband
haberdasher
hands
His/Her Majesty
hospital
house, houses
heir
hundred
husband
husbandman

valid
verch.
vic.
viz.

W.
w.
wch.
wh.
wid.
widr.
wits.
wt.

validating
daughter
vicar, vicarage
namely

West
wife
which
where
widow
widower
witness(es)
with

I.
ibm.
incl.
indr., indent.
inv.

isle, island
same
including
indenture
inventory

X
Xped

yd.
yeom.
yr.

Christ
Christened

yard
yeoman
younger

More Common Abbreviations & Other Terms

A.U.C.

assn.

B.A.
Bart. (Bt.)
bk

BMD
Boyds
BTs.
B.V.M.

(Ab urbe condita) In the year from the foundation of Rome
association

Bachelor of Arts
Baronet
book
Births, Marriages & Deaths
Boyds Marriage Index
Bishops Transcripts
Blessed Virgin Mary

HMSO

Ibid
Id
IGI

HIS

Inst

Her Majesty's Stationery Office

(ibidem) In the same place
(idem) The same
International Genealogical Index, an index compiled by the LDS
Jesus Hominum Salvator = Jesus the Saviour of Mankind
(instant) In the current month

c./ ca./ cir.
Calendar

C.B.
C.B.E.
cf.
C.H.
chap.
C.I.

C.I.E.
C.M.G.

CoA
Colindale

C.R.O.
C.S.I.
C.V.O.

(circa) about
Catalogue of documents with summary of contents
Companion of the Bath
Commander of Order of British Empire
(confer) Compare
Companion of Honour
chapter
Lady of Imperial Order of the Crown of India
Companion, Order of Indian Empire
Companion, Order of St. Michael & St. George
College of Arms
British Newspaper Library, Colindale, London
County Record Office
Companion, Order of Star of India
Commander, Royal Victorian Order

Kew
K.B.E.

K.C.B.
K.C.I.E.

K.C.M.G.

K.C.S.I.
K.C.V.O.

K.G.
K.T.
Kt.

LDS

.s.d.

Public Record Office Kew, Surrey
Knight Commander of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Bath
Knight Commander of the Indian Empire
Knight Commander of the St. Michael & St. George
Knight Commander of the Star of India
Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Knight of the Garter
Knight of the Thistle
Knight Bachelor

Church of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons)
(Librae, solidi, denarii) Pounds, shillings pence

D.B.E.

D.C.V.O.

dept.
D.G.
Dissenters


D.N.B.
D.P.
dii

ed
et al.
Examination

Dame Commander of Order of British Empire
Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
department
(Dei Gratia) By the Grace of God
People whose faith did not conform to the established church, The Church of England
Dictionary of National Biography
Displaced Persons
died in infancy

edition, editor
and others
Sworn statement before a magistrate

M.B.E.
messuage
MIs
M.V.O.
M.S. (pl. MSS)

NA
n./ nn.
n.d.
no.
n.p.
N.S.
Non-Conformists

Member of the British Empire Order
House & its appurtenances
Memorial Inscriptions
Member of the Royal Victorian Order
manuscript

National Archives (formerly PRO)
note(s)
no publication date
number
no publisher shown
new series, new style
People whose faith did not conform to the established church, The Church of England

fo./ fol
FFHS

FHS
FHC
FRC

folio
The Federation of Family History Societies
Family History Society
LDS Family History Centre
Family Records Centre

O.B.E.

p./ pp.
p.p.
PCC
PCY
PPR
PRs
PRO

Officer of British Empire

page(s)
privately printed
Prerogative Court of Canterbury Prerogative Court of York
Principal Probate Registery
Parish Registers
Public Record Office

G.B.E.

G.C.B.
G.C.I.E.

G.C.M.G.

G.C.S.I.

G.C.V.O.

GOONS
G.R.D.
G.R.O.

Knight or Dame Grand Cross of British Empire
Knight Grand Cross of the Bath
Knight Grand Commander of Indian Empire
Knight Grand Cross of St. Michael & St. George
Knight Grand Commander of Star of
India
Knight or Dame Grand Cross of Royal Victorian Order
Guild of One Name Studies
The Genealogical Research Directory
General Register Office

Q.H.C.

Relic
Recusants

rev. ed.

sect.
SMS
Sog
supp.

Transcr
transl.

vers.
vol.

Honorary Chaplin to the Queen

Widow
Non-Conformists (Popish Recusants - Roman Catholics)
revised edition

section
subsidiary medical service
Society of Genealogists
supplement

transcriber
translator

version
volume

Abbreviations Used in the Forces

A.B.
A.D.C.
A.G.
A.N.Z.A.C.
A.O.C.
A.T.A.
A.T.C.
A.W.O.L.

Able-bodied Seaman
Aide-de-Camp
Adjutant General
Australian & New Zealand Army Corps
Air Officer Commanding
Air Transport Auxiliary
Air Training Corps
Absent Without Leave

N.A.A.F.I.
N.C.O.

O.C.

Q.M.G.

Navy Army & Air Force Institutes
Non-commissioned Officer

Officer Commanding

Quartermaster-General

B.A.O.R.

C.C.F.
C.F.
C.I.G.S.
C.O.

F.A.N.Y.

British Army of the Rhine

Combined Cadet Force
Chaplin to the Forces
Chief of Imperial General Staff
Commanding Officer

First Aid Nursing Yeomanry

R.A.
R.A.C.
R.A.M.C.
R.A.P.C.
R.A.O.C.
R.A.V.C.
R.E.
R.E.M.E
R.H.A.
R.M.
R.O.C.

Royal Artillery
Royal Armoured Corps
Royal Army Medical Corps
Royal Army Pay Corps
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Royal Army Vetinary Corps
Royal Engineers
Royal Eletrical & Mechanical Engineers
Royal Horse Artillery
Royal Marines
Royal Observer Corps

G.H.Q.
G.O.C.
G.S.O.

H.A.C.
H.M.A.S.
H.Q.

General Headquarters
General Officer Commanding
General Staff Officer

Honble. Artillery Coy.
Her Majesty's Australian Ship
Headquarters

W.A.A.F.
W.O.
W.R.A.C.
W.R.N.S.

Women's Auxiliary Air Force
Warrant Officer
Women's Royal Army Corps
Women's Royal Naval Service (wrens)

Medals

A.F.C.
A.F.M.

B.E.M.

C.G.M.

Air Force Cross
Air Force Medal

British Empire Medal

Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

M.C.
M.M.

V.C.
V.R.D.

Military Cross
Military Medal

Victoria Cross
Volunteer Reserve Decoration

D.C.M.
D.F.C.
D.F.M.
D.S.C.
D.S.M.
D.S.O.

E.R.D.

Distinguished Conduct Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross
Distinguished Flying Medal
Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Medal
Companion of Distinguished Order

Emergency Reserve Decoration

 

 

G.C.
G.M.

George Cross
George Medal

 

 

 

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