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Abbreviations and Latin Words

MI to Rev

Note: Latin words are in italics

MI
Monumental (gravestone) Inscription, or Marriage Index
Mid Anc
Midland Ancestor (journal)
mil
Military
Min’s
Minutes
minr
Minister
Misc
Miscellaneous
mkr
Maker
ML
Marriage licence
Mlaw
Mother-in-Law
MM
Monthly Meeting (of Quakers); Married man/male
MO
Medical Officer; Maintenance Order
mo
Mother
MoD
Ministry of Defence (Britain)
MoH
Ministry of Health
mon
Month
Mot
Mother
MOT
Ministry of Transport
MP
Member of Parliament
mrd
Married
MRIN
Marriage Record Identification Number on PAF
MS
Male servant; Maiden surname (Scotland); Single male/man
ms(s)
Manuscript and manuscripts
mtg
Meeting
mtge
Mortgage
mthr
Mother
mtn
Mountain
MU
Male/man unknown
MW
Widowed male/man; Maintenance Warrant
n
Nephew
N (and) Q
Notes and Queries (magazine)
n.
Notes
n., na.,
Born
NA or N/A
Not Applicable
NAA
National Archives of Australia
NARA
National Archives and Records Administration (USA)
NAS
National Archives of Scotland
nat.
Natural (illegitimate); Natus (born); Naturalized, naturalization
NB
North Britain i.e. Scotland; Nota bene = note well; New Brunswick
nd
No (publication) date
NDP
Name-Date-Place
NE
Nouvelle Écosse (Nova Scotia)
né(e)
Born
NEHGS
New England Historic Genealogical Society (Massachusetts)
Nep(os)
Nepos = grandson
NG
New (Burial) Ground
NGD
National Genealogical Directory
NGS
National Genealogical Society (USA)
NI
No issue (children)
ni, nie, niec
Niece
NK
Not Known
NLA
National Library of Australia
NLW
National Library of Wales
nn.
Notes
NO
Territoires du Nord-Ouest (North West Territories)
No.
Number
notp
Not of this parish
np
No publisher given
nr
Near
NRA
National Register of Archives
NRS
National Records of Scotland
NS
New Style (Dates); New Series; Nova Scotia
Nunc
Nuncupative (oral) will
nupt
Were married
NW(T)
North West Territories
NZSG
New Zealand Society of Genealogists
O or Ont
Ontario
o(e)st
Oldest
OAP
Old Age Pensioner
ob. coel.
Died a bachelor
ob. inf.
Died in infancy
ob. inf. Set.
Died a minor
ob. inn.
Died a spinster
ob. juv.
Died in childhood
ob., obiit
Died
obit.
Obituary
obs
Obsolete
OC
Order in Council (Canadian land grants)
Oc(c)
Occupier, occupied
ODR
Out Door Relief
OED
Oxford English Dictionary
OG
Old (Burial) Ground
OGS
Ontario Genealogical Society
OIOC
Oriental & India Office Collection at the British Library (formerly India Office Library)
OLRI
Ontario Land Records Index
ONS
Office of National Statistics (England and Wales); One Name Study (q.v.)
OPCS
Office of Population and Census Statistics (now ONS)
OPR
Old Parochial Register (of Scotland)
OR
Outdoor Relief
OS
Old Style (dates); Old Series
ospm
Obiit sine prole mascula = died without male issue
otp
Of this parish
P
Pauper, Parish, Pensioner
P and QS
Pleas and Quarter Sessions
P Bapt
Part Baptism
p., pp.
Page(s)
p’ish
Parish
pa
Per annum
Pa and a date]
Publicly admitted into the church on [often combined with P.b.]
PAF
Personal Ancestral File (a genealogy software programme)
Par(s)
Parent(s); Parish(es); Male witness or sponsor(s) at baptism (French Canadian)
Pat. Bk.
Patent Book
Pb [and a date]
Privately baptized, [often combined with P.a.]
PCC
Prerogative Court of Canterbury; Parochial Church Council
PCLP
Presbyterian – Canada and Lower Provinces
Pcu
Peculiar Court
Pcur.
Proxy
PCY
Prerogative Court of York
pd
Paid; Per diem (day)
Pe(c)
Peculiar /PeculiarCourt
PEI
Prince Edward Island 
pens
Pension(er)
penult
Penultimate month i.e. two months ago
perf
Performed
PERSI
Periodical Source Index
PFC
Presbyterian Free Church
PH
Poor House (workhouse); Public House (pub)
Phil.
Phillimore Marriage Register transcripts
PL
Poor Law
pl
Place
PLB
Poor Law Board
PLC
Poor Law Commission; nowadays also Public Liability Company
PLCGS
Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies
PLU
Poor Law Union
PLW
Power Loom Weaver
PM
Primitive Methodist
pm
Per month; Post meridian (afternoon); Post Mortem
Pmeth
Primitive Methodist
POA
Power of Attorney
POW
Prisoner of War
pp
Privately printed
PPR
Principal Probate Registry
pq
Per quarter
pr
Proved; Probated
PR
Parish Register
Pr
Mt Primitive Methodist
preg
Pregnant
Pres
Presbyterian
Pres(b)
Presbyterian
Prim
Primitive
PRO
Public Record Office at Kew, Surrey, England. (Now TNA - The National Archives) for Britain, not just England
prob
Probate
PROB
Letter code for PCC probate records
procd
Proclaimed
Prot
Protestant
Prov
Province, provincial
PRs
Parish Registers
prt
Parent
Pt.
Part
ptd.
Printed work
Pts.
In partibus transmarinis = Foreign Parts i.e. outside England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
put
Putative
PVRL
Parish and Vital Records List guides to records at the Family History Library
pw
Per week
py
Per year
Q
Quarter
Q(ue)
Quebec
QC Deed
Quit Claim Deed
QFGS
Quebec Federation of Genealogical Societies
QS
Quarter Sessions
Qtr
Quarter
Quaere
Unproven but probable
qv
Quod vide = which see
R
Rector (of); Recto (the right side of a page, cf verso)
R Dist.
Rural District
R(n)t
Rent(ed)
RA
Record Agent (Australian credential)
RC
Roman Catholic
rcd,
Record RD Registration District
Rd
Road
RDC
Rural District Council
rec.
Record
Ref
Reformed
reg
Regular
Reg(s)
Register(s)
Reg. Dist.
Registration District
Reg’ns
Regulations
Reg’t
Regiment
rel.
Relict (the man’s widow); Relative; Religion, religious
relicta
Widow
relictus
Widower
res
Resident, reside(d)
Rev
Reverend; Revolutionary; Revived


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