Abbreviations and Acronyms Commonly Used in Genealogy

a.

acre or acres

bef.

before

A.G.

Accredited Genealogist

betw.

between

a.k.a.

also known as

bk.

book

abt.

about

bp.

baptized (do not confuse with

acct.

account

bro.

b.p. for birth place)

admr.

administrator, administratrix

brother

ads.

adversus; the opposite of

bur.

buried

versus

ca.

about (circa)

ae, aet

aged

CAILS

Certified American Indian

aft.

after

Lineage Specialist

before, prior to

calc.

calculated

ante

APG

Association of Professional

CALS

Certified American Lineage

Genealogists

Specialist

ASG

American Society of

cem.

cemetery

Genealogists

cert.

certificate, certified

assn.

association

CG

Certified Genealogist

atty.

attorney

CGRS

Certified Genealogical

b.

born

Records Specialist

b.p, b.pl.

birthplace (do not confuse

Ch., ch.

church; children

with bp. for baptism)

chr.

christened

B.L.Wt.

Bounty Land Warrant

co.

county; Company

B.L.M.

Bureau of Land Management

d.

died

BCG

Board for Certification of

D.B.

deed book

Genealogists

d.s.p. died without issue (decessit FNGS sine prole)

d.y. died young FUGA

DAR Daughters of the American

Revolution g.s.

dau. daughter GAR

d/o daughter of gdn.

decd. deceased GJ

deft. defendant grdau.

dept. department grdsn.

desc. descendant h., hus.

disch., discharge; discharged h/o dischd.

Dist. District div. divorce; division Ind. Ter.

do ditto, the same int.

doc. document inv.

est. estate; estimate J.P.

exec. executor, executrix LC

f., fem. female LDS f/o father of fa. father lic

FASG Fellow, American Society of m.

Genealogists M.G.

ff. and following pages m/o

FGS Federation of Genealogical mat. Societies ms., mss

FHL Family History Library n d fn. footnote r n.f.r.

Fellow, National Genealogical Society

Fellow, Utah Genealogical Association gravestone

Grand Army of the Republic guardian

Genealogical Journal granddaughter grandson husband husband of

International Genealogical Index

Indian Territory infant; Infantry intestate; interred inventory; invalid

Justice of the Peace

Library of Congress

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints license male, married, month, mother Minister of the Gospel mother of maternal manuscript; manuscripts no date no further record found

n.p.

no place

n.publ.

no publisher [shown]

N.S.

New Style date

NARA

National Archives and

Records Administration

NEHGR

New England Historical and

Genealogical Register

NEHGS

New England Historic

Genealogical Society

NGS

National Genealogical

Society

NGSQ

National Genealogical Society

Quarterly

nr.

near

NSDAR

National Society Daughters

of the American Revolution

NYGB

New York Genealogical and

Biographical Society

NYGBR

New York Genealogical and

Biographical Society Record

O.S.

Old Style date

obit.

obituary

P.A.

power of attorney

pat.

paternal; patent

plt., pltf.

plaintiff

poss.

possible, possibly

PR

probate record

prob.

probable/probably; probate

pub.

published

R.

Range (land description)

R.G.

Record Group

rec.

record

rem.

removed

res.

resides, residence

s.

son

s/o

son of

sec.

section

sic

thus

soc.

society

T.

Township (land description)

TAG

The American Genealogist

TR

town record

twp.

township

UGA

Utah Genealogical Association

unm.

unmarried

unpub.

unpublished

V.R.

vital records

V.S.

vital statistics

vs.

against (versus)

w.

wife

warrt.

warrant

w/o

wife of; without

wid.

widow; widower

yr.

year

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