Acronyms and Abbreviations

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  1. Daft Bat

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    AD……………………………………..Anno Domini
    Admon(s)…………………………..Letters of administration: the legal authority to administer a dead person’s estate
    Ag Lab……………………………….Agricultural Labourer
    Aka…………………………………….Also known as
    Anon………………………………….Anonymous
    Appr………………………………….Apprentice
    ANZAC………………………………Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. ANZAC Day is a day of national commemoration in Australia and New Zealand
    AT……………………………………..Archdeacons’ Transcripts. Contemporary copies of parish registers sent to the diocesan authorities.

    b; bo…………………………………..Born
    bach; batch………………………...Bachelor
    bap; bapt…………………………….Baptised; baptism
    BL………………………………………The British Library, London
    BMD…………………………………..Births, Marriages and Deaths
    Botp…………………………………...Both of this parish
    Bp………………………………………Baptised
    bro(s)………………………………….Brother(s)
    BT………………………………………Bishops’ Transcripts. Contemporary copies of parish registers sent to the Bishop of a diocese.
    Bur……………………………………..Buried


    c………………………………………….Century e.g. c19 means 19th century
    c; ca…………………………………….Circa (Latin) - around, about. Usually used in conjunction with dates e.g. c1850
    cert……………………………………..Certificate
    ch; chn………………………………..Child; children
    chr; chris……………………………..Christened
    C of E…………………………………..Church of England
    Co………………………………………..County; company
    CRO……………………………………..County Record Office
    CWGC………………………………….Commonwealth War Graves Commission


    d………………………………………….Died; daughter; day; pre-decimal currency penny
    Dau(s)………………………………….Daughter(s)
    dec; dec'd……………………………..Deceased
    div……………………………………….Divorced
    do………………………………………..Ditto
    doc………………………………………Document
    Dom…………………………………….Domestic (as in Domestic servant)
    Dsp……………………………………..Died without issue (Latin: Decessit sine prole)
    Dy……………………………………….Died young


    ED………………………………………Enumeration District
    Educ……………………………………Educated; education
    Eng……………………………………..England
    exec; exor…………………………….Executor of a will


    f…………………………………………..Female; folio; father;
    FFHS…………………………………...Federation of Family History Societies
    FHC……………………………………..LDS Family History Centre
    FHF……………………………………..Family History Fair
    FHS……………………………………..Family History Society
    FMP………………………………….….Find My Past: a commercial online family history database
    fo; fol………………………………….…Folio
    FOIA ………………………………..Freedom of Information Act
    FS………………………………….….Female servant


    G………………………………………….Grand; great (as in GGrandfather)
    GEDCOM……………………………..GEnealogical Data COMmunication
    Gent……………………………………..Gentleman
    GENUKI ………………………………Online Genealogical Information Service for the UK & Ireland
    GOONS..……………………………….Guild of One-Name Studies
    Gr………………………………………….Great; granted
    GRO………………………………………General Register Office


    IGI………………………………………….International Genealogical Index
    ILL…………………………………………Inter Library Loan (a loan between 2 different libraries)
    Inf………………………………………….Infant; infancy


    lab; labr……………………………………Labourer
    Lat…………………………………………..Latin
    Lb……………………………………………Pound (unit of weight)
    LDS………………………………………...Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)
    Lib…………………………………………..Library
    Lic…………………………………………..Licence
    LMA………………………………………..London Metropolitan Archives
    £.s.d………………………………………..Pounds, shillings and pence (the pre-decimal currency of the UK)


    m…………………………………………….Male; married; marriage; mother; month
    marr……………………………………….Married; marriage
    MI(s)………………………………………Monumental (or memorial) inscription(s) on gravestones and other memorials
    Min…………………………………………Minor
    Mo………………………………………….Month; mother
    Moth………………………………………Mother
    MS………………………………………….Male servant
    ms(s)………………………………………Manuscript(s)


    NBI………………………………………….National Burial Index
    Nd……………………………………………No date
    Neph………………………………………..Nephew
    NS……………………………………………New Style calendar


    Obit………………………………………….Dead; death: obituary
    Occ…………………………………………..Occupation
    Op……………………………………………Out of print
    OS……………………………………………Old Style calendar
    Otp…………………………………………..Of this parish


    p……………………………………………….Page; penny; pence; parish
    par…………………………………………….Parish
    PCC…………………………………………..Prerogative Court of Canterbury
    pp……………………………………………..Pages
    pr; pro……………………………………….Probate; proved
    PPR…………………………………………..Principal Probate Registry
    PRO…………………………………………..Public Record Office
    PRs…………………………………………...Parish registers
    Psh…………………………………………...Parish
    Pub…………………………………………...Published


    RC……………………………………………..Roman Catholic
    RD……………………………………………..Registration District
    Rec…………………………………………….Record
    RO…………………………………………….Record Office. A Record Office collects, administers and preserves archives relating to the history of a particular area.
    Reg…………………………………………...Register
    RIP……………………………………………Rest in Peace (Latin: Requiescat in pace)


    s………………………………………………..Son; spinster; shilling
    serv; servt……………………………….…Servant
    sis……………………………………………..Sister
    SoG…………………………………………..Society of Genealogists
    SOUNDEX…………………………………A system which groups together surnames which sound similar butwhich are spelled differently
    sp; spr……………………………………….Spinster
    St………………………………………………Saint; street


    TNA………………………………………….The National Archives, Kew, London
    Transcr……………………………………..Transcribed


    Unm………………………………………….Unmarried
    Ux…………………………………………….Wife (Latin uxor)


    Viz…………………………………………….Namely
    vol(s)………………………………………...Volume(s)


    w……………………………………………….Wife; widow
    wd……………………………………………..Widow
    WH……………………………………………Workhouse
    Wid…………………………………………...Widow
    Widr………………………………………….Widower
    Wit…………………………………………….Witness
    wk(s)………………………………………….Week(s)
    WW1.................................................World War One (1914-1918)
    WW2.................................................World War Two (1939-1945)


    x………………………………………………..A mark made by a person instead of a signature; also used as an abbreviation for Christ in some names e.g. Xopher (Christopher).
    Xped………………………………………….Christened

    y........................................................Year
    Yr......................................................Year, younger


    (Compiled by Malcolm Lewis)
     
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    I keep coming across N. N. or nn instead of a name either first-name or surname, these are all European records. What does this indicate?
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Off the cuff- might it bee 'not named ' or similar?
     
  4. Archie's Mum

    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Latin, Nomen nescio= literally, ‘I do not know the name’
    Wiki
    Psst I looked it up. No way I would know without cheating
     
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    Findem The Fearless One

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    Haven't seen it yet but great to have advanced knowledge, so thanks Sue and thanks AlettaMes for bringing that query up.
     
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