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Abbreviations and Latin Words

Rev to Z

Note: Latin words are in italics

Rev Reverend; Revolutionary; Revived
rev. ed. Revised edition
RG Registrar General; record group
Rgz Recognizance
RIN Record Identification Number on PAF
RIP Requiescat in pace = may s/he rest in peace
Rl, rel Relief, Relieved
RO Record Office; Removal Order
RP Reformed Presbyterian
RSA Rural Sanitary Authority; Republic of South Africa
RSD Rural Sanitary District
S Siècle (century); Sepulture (burial);
s Spinster; Son; Succeeded (to a title); Shilling; section
s and h Son and heir
S (of) F Society of Friends (Quakers)
s/gd Step-granddaughter
s/gs Step-grandson
s/sn Sister’s son
SA State Archives (preceded by US state initial)
SAC School Attendance Committee
SAE Stamped addressed envelope (British usage)
SAFHS Scottish Association of Family History Societies
SAG Society of Australian Genealogists
Salop Shropshire
SAR Member of The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
SASE Self-addressed stamped envelope (North American usage)
Sasine Scottish legal record of land transfer
SC Settlement Certificate
sch School
SE Settlement Examination
sect.
Section
sel
Selected
Sen(t)
Sentence
sep
separate
sep., sepult
Sepultus = Buried
ser.
Series
serv.
Servant
SGS
Scottish Genealogy Society; Saskatchewan Genealogical Society
Sgt
Sergeant
Si, sis
Sister
sib(s)
Sibling(s)
sic
It says this, even though I know it is an error
Sig
Signature
SIG
Special Interest Group (of an FHS)
SisD
Sister’s daughter
SisH
Sister’s husband
SisS
Sister’s son
Slaw
Sister-in-law
So, s/o
Son of
Soc
Society
SOD
See original document
SOG or SoG
Society of Genealogists in London, England
soj
sojourner (temporary resident i.e. not settled here)
SoLa
Son-in-Law
sold
Soldier
Som Hse
Somerset House (former home of GRO, wills etc.)
SOSA #s Standard pedigree chart numbering system, see Chart 16
Soton Southampton
SP
State Papers
sp Sine prole = Without issue
sp(in)
Spinster
sp(o)
Spouse
spl
Sine prole legitima (without legitimate issue)
spm
Sine prole mascula (without male issue)
spr.
Spinster
spur.
Spurius (illegitimate)
sq
Square
Sr.
(before a name) Sir
Sr. or sr.
(after a name) senior
SRA
Scottish Record Association
SRO
Scottish Record Office
SRS Scottish Record Society
ss
Subsection
St.
Saint; Street
St. Cath’s
St. Catherine’s House (former home of GRO, now at FRC)
str
Street
suc.
Succeeded
SUE
Son of a United Empire Loyalist
Sup’an
Superannuation (pension)
supp. Supplement
Sur.
Surrogate (= deputy)
Sur. Bk.
Survey Book
sus
Suspended
sv(t)
Servant
temp.
In the time of
tent
Tenant
testes
Witnesses
TMG
The Master Genealogist (a genealogy software programme)
tms
Times
TNA
The National Archives (of Britain, not just England)
tp
This Parish
transcr.
Transcriber
transl.
Translator
Ts
Typescript; Transcript
twp
Township
u
Unmarried
u(n)k
Unknown
u, un, unc
Uncle
U, Unit.
Unitarian
UC
Upper Canada (now Ontario)
UCC
United Church of Canada
UDC
United Daughters of the Confederacy
UE
United Empire Loyalist
UELAC
United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada
Ult
Ultimo = the preceding month; Last
un., unm.
Unmarried
Union, The
Workhouse of the Poor Law Union
Unit
Unitarian
UP
United Presbyterian Church (of Scotland)
USD
Urban Sanitary District
USN
United States Navy
ux
Uxor = Wife
v
Verso (the reverse side of a page, on left in a book, cf recto)
V
Vicar (of)
v fr
In lifetime of father
v. sub
Vide sub = See below
v. supra
Vide supra = See above
v.,vs.
Versus
VA Vagrancy/Vagrant Arrival
Vac
Vaccination or vaccinated
VCH
Victoria County History (of counties in England)
VDM
Verbi Dei Minister = minister of the word of God
VE
Vagrancy/Vagrant Examination
Ven
Venerable
Ver.
Version
vid. Widow(er)
vide
See
vidua
Widow
viduus
Widower
Viv
Was then living
Vix
Vixit = Lived
viz.
Videlicet = namely
vm
In the lifetime of mother
vol.
Volume; Volunteer
VP
Vagrancy/Vagrant Pass
VR
Vagrancy/Vagrant Removal
VRI
Vital Records Index, especially those sets produced on CD by LDS church by the professional-level extraction process
W
Will
W. M(eth).
Wesleyan Methodist
W. pr.
Will proved
W.d
Will dated
w/u
Wife’s uncle
Wes.
Wesleyan (Methodist)
wf
Wife
WH
Workhouse
wid.
Widow
widr.
Widower
WifB
Wife’s brother
WifC
Wife’s child
WifD
Wife’s daughter
WifF
Wife’s father
WifM
Wife’s mother
WifS
Wife’s son
wit
Witness
wk
Week
WM
Married woman
WO
War Office
wo
Without; Woman
WP
Pregnant woman
Wp(r)
Will proved
wrt
Wright
WS
Single woman; Writer to the Signet (Scottish lawyer)
Wt. Bk.
Warrant Book
wto
Without
WU
Unknown woman
WW
Widowed woman
X
extinction of line
x
Extinct (of a peerage etc.)
Xian
Christian
Xt
Christ
Xus
Christus (Christ)
yeo.
Yeoman
Yr, yrs
Year(s)
yst
Youngest


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