Abbreviations and Acronyms

 
ae
age
 
aft
after
 
Amer
America(n)
 
anc
ancestor
 
   
b
birth
 
bdt
birth date(s)
 
bef
before
 
bet
between
 
BLOG
Short for weblog, a blog is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. While not specific to genealogy, many rootseekers read or write Blogs to share information.
 
bpl
birthplace
 
bpt
baptized
 
bro(s)
brother(s)
 
bur
buried
 
   
ca
about
 
cem
cemetery
 
cen
census
 
cert
certificate
 
ch
child(ren)
 
CivW
Civil War
 
Co
County
 
corr
correspondence
 
   
d
death
 
ddt
death date(s)
 
Dea
Deacon
 
desc
descendant(s)
 
div
divorce
 
DNA
Abbreviation for Deoxyribonucleic acid—the molecule that contains each individual cell’s genetic code, organized into 23 pairs of chromosomes.
 
dpl
death place
 
   
E
East
 
ED
Enumeration District. The area over which one census enumerator delivers and collects census forms.
 
EIDB
Ellis Island Database – libertyellisisland.org - free online search site for Port of New York passenger arrival records from 1892-1924.
 
et al.
Latin for änd others."
 
et ux.
Latin abbreciation for "and wife".
 
   
fam
family(ies)
 
f
father
 
FOIA
Freedom of Information Act - a law ensuring public access to U.S. government records.
 
FHC
An acronym for Family History Center, local outposts of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Family History Library, the biggest private genealogical library in the world.
 
FHL
Family History Library (the largest genealogical library in the world in Salt Lake City, UT); www.familysearch.org.
 
foll
following
 
fr
from
 
   
GEDCOM
An acronym for GEnealogical Data COMmunications, a standardized file for family tree data that can be read by any genealogy software. Enables data sharing without manual reentry.
 
gch
grandchild(ren)
 
gdau(s)
granddaughter(s)
 
gen
genealogy
 
gmo
grandmother
 
gpar(s)
grandparent(s)
 
gs
grandson(s)
 
   
hist
history
 
h
husband
 
1/h
first husband
 
   
ident
identity, identify
 
IGI
International Genealogical Index – Index 400+ million names submitted to or extracted from records microfilmed by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
 
info
information
 
int
intention of marriage
 
   
liv
living, lived
 
   
m
marriage, married
 
mdt
marriage date
 
mo
mother
 
mov
moved
 
mpl
marriage place
 
MRCA
Most Recent Common Ancestor
 
m/1
first marriage
 
   
N
North
 
NARA
National Archives and Records Administration - U.S. repository for historical documents. The main branch is located in Washington, DC ; with several regional branches across the country.
 
   
p
page
 
par
parent(s)
 
poss
possibly, possible
 
pro
probate(d)
 
prob
probably
 
   
rec
record(s)
 
ref
reference
 
rel
relative, relatives
 
rem
removed
 
req
request(ed)
 
res
resided, residence
 
Rev
Reverend
 
   
sib(s)
siblings - sisters and brothers
 
sis
sister(s)
 
s
son(s)
 
S
South
 
SSDI
An index containing information for Americans whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Most of the information is from 1962 to the present
   
terr
territory
 
trad
tradition
 
twp
township
 
   
unk
unknown
 
unm
unmarried
 
   
vic
vicinity
 
VR
Vital Record(s)
 
   
W
West
 
wid
widow(er)
 
   
yr
year
 
   
 
 
Updated: 16 May 2020.