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;Abt&nbsp;
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;Abt  
:About or Circa; an estimated date, e.g., "Abt. 1745"
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:About or Circa; an guessed date, e.g., "Abt 1745"
  
;ACPL&nbsp;
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;ACPL  
:[[Allen County Public Library|Allen County Public Library]]; library in Fort Wayne, Indiana with extensive genealogy collections. Librarians at the Allen County Public Library maintain PERSI, the Periodical Source Index, which indexes genealogical and local history sources from periodicals.<br>
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:[[Allen County Public Library|Allen County Public Library]]; library in Fort Wayne, Indiana with extensive genealogy collections. Librarians at the Allen County Public Library maintain PERSI, the [[Periodical Source Index (PERSI)|PERiodical Source Index]], which indexes genealogical and local history sources from periodicals.<br>
  
;AF&nbsp;
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;AF  
 
:[[Ancestral File]]; Ancestral File is a collection of over 35 million names linked into family groups and pedigrees. The records include information voluntarily contributed to familysearch.org by patrons from 1978-1991.
 
:[[Ancestral File]]; Ancestral File is a collection of over 35 million names linked into family groups and pedigrees. The records include information voluntarily contributed to familysearch.org by patrons from 1978-1991.
  
;Aft.&nbsp;
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;Aft  
:After. The date is known to be later than another dated event, e.g., "Aft. 1900."
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:After. The date is known to be later than a specified date, e.g., "Aft 1900".
  
;AGBI&nbsp;
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;AG
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:Accredited Genealogist. Title given to individuals who pass accreditation exams of the [http://www.icapgen.org/icapgen/ International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists].
  
:[[American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI)|American Genealogical Biographical Index]]; A large name index of genealogies published by the [http://www.godfrey.org/ Godfrey Memorial Library]. The data also include unindexed and partially indexed genealogies and several specialized vital record collections and census data from 1790.
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:[[American Genealogical Biographical Index (AGBI)|American Genealogical Biographical Index]]; A large name index of genealogies published by the [http://www.godfrey.org/ Godfrey Memorial Library].&nbsp;The data also include unindexed and partially indexed genealogies and several specialized vital record collections and census data from 1790.
  
;bap&nbsp;
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;bap.
 
:Baptized
 
:Baptized
  
;BMD / BDM&nbsp;
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;Bef
:Births, Marriages, and Deaths
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:Before. The date is known to be before the specified date, e.g. "Bef 1930".
  
;CFI&nbsp;
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;BMD
:Computer File Index, later known as the [[International Genealogical Index|International Genealogical Index]] (IGI).
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:Births, Marriages, and Deaths; sometimes written BDM.
  
;chr&nbsp;
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;Cal
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:Calculated. The date was calculated from a source. If you can only calculate, for example, a birth/marriage date based upon a census or the birth date based upon the death date, e.g. "Cal 1854".
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;CFI
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:Computer File Index, later known as the[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list International Genealogical Index ](IGI).
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;CG
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:Certified Genealogist. Title given to individuals who pass the certification exam of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
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;chr
 
:Christened
 
:Christened
  
;c / ca. / circa
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;c / ca  
:approximately (ex. "ca. 1535" means "in about 1535")
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:Circa. Approximately (ex. "ca 1535" means "in about 1535")
  
;CNBL&nbsp;
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;CNBL  
 
:Cannot Be Located
 
:Cannot Be Located
  
;DAR&nbsp;
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;DAR  
 
:[http://www.dar.org/ Daughters of the American Revolution]; Lineage society for female descendants of soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War. The [[Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library|DAR Library]] in Washington, D.C. houses significant genealogical collections and is open to the public.
 
:[http://www.dar.org/ Daughters of the American Revolution]; Lineage society for female descendants of soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War. The [[Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library|DAR Library]] in Washington, D.C. houses significant genealogical collections and is open to the public.
  
;dob&nbsp;
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;DOB / DOD
:Date of Birth
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:Date of Birth / Date of Death
  
;FGRA&nbsp;
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;DUP
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:[http://www.dupinternational.org/ International Society Daughters of the Utah Pioneers]; Lineage society for female descendants of early Utah settlers. Sponsors Pioneer Memorial Museum, and Pioneer Histories Digitization Project.
  
:Family Group Records Archive. This file was maintained by the Genealogical Society of Utah, a forerunner of the current Family History Library and FamilySearch. The archive consists of Family Group sheets in two parts: a MAIN section containing patron submissions from 1942-1969; and a PATRON section containing patron submissions from 1962-1979.
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;Est
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:Estimated. The date was estimated based upon family stories / traditions / standard genealogical estimations, e.g. "Est 1848". Standard genealogical standards include: man marrying at 25, woman marrying at 21, first child one year after marriage, and subsequent children every two years. For example, marriage in 1825, would give the husband's birth "Est 1800", wife's birth "Est 1804", first child's birth "Est 1826", second child's birth "Est 1828", etc.
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;FASG
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:Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists.
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;FGS
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:Federation of Genealogical Societies
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;FGRA
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:[[Family Group Records Collection|Family Group Records Archive]]. This file was maintained by the [[Genealogical Society of Utah|Genealogical Society of Utah]], a forerunner of the current Family History Library and FamilySearch. The archive consists of Family Group sheets in two parts: a MAIN section containing patron submissions from 1942-1969; and a PATRON section containing patron submissions from 1962-1979.
  
 
:Submissions to the MAIN section were verified for accuracy and received additional processing when they were submitted. Both sections were microfilmed and made available to Family History Centers.
 
:Submissions to the MAIN section were verified for accuracy and received additional processing when they were submitted. Both sections were microfilmed and made available to Family History Centers.
  
;FHC&nbsp;
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;FHC  
 
:[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Center]] (to find a Family History Center near you, '''[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp click here]''')<br>
 
:[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Center]] (to find a Family History Center near you, '''[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHC/frameset_fhc.asp click here]''')<br>
  
;FHL&nbsp;
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;FHL  
:[[Family History Library|Family History Library]], largest genealogical library in the world.&nbsp; Located in Salt Lake City, Utah and sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.<br>
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:[[Family History Library|Family History Library]], largest genealogical library in the world. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah and sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.<br>
  
;FHLC&nbsp;
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;FHLC  
:[[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]]; searchable catalog of microfilm, fiche, books and periodicals available through [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp FamilySearch.org].<br>
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:[[Introduction to the Family History Library Catalog|Family History Library Catalog]]; searchable catalog of microfilm, fiche, books and periodicals available through[https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org].<br>
  
;GEDCOM&nbsp;  
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;FSG
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:Fellow of the Society of Genealogists (London).
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;GEDCOM
 
:[[Gedcom|GEnealogical Data COMmunications]] (instustry standard file format used by genealogy software programs to transfer data)
 
:[[Gedcom|GEnealogical Data COMmunications]] (instustry standard file format used by genealogy software programs to transfer data)
  
;ill.&nbsp;  
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;IAJGS
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:[http://www.iajgs.org International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies]
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;ill.
 
:Illegitimate (often recorded on birth certificates and other birth records)
 
:Illegitimate (often recorded on birth certificates and other birth records)
  
;IGI&nbsp;  
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;inst.
:[[International Genealogical Index|Inernational Genealogical Index]]
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:Instant. Present or current month; e.g., "He departed this life on the 25th inst., after a long illness..."
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;IGI
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:[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list Inernational Genealogical Index]
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;JGS
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:Jewish Genealogical Society (see IAJSG)
  
;LDS&nbsp;
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;LDS  
 
:[http://www.lds.org Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]
 
:[http://www.lds.org Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints]
  
;LOC&nbsp;
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;LOC  
:[http://www.loc.gov/index.html Library of Congress]; Research arm of the US&nbsp;Congress. Digital collections include historic newspapers, photographs, family genealogies, biographies and other items of interest to family history researchers.
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:[http://www.loc.gov/index.html Library of Congress]; Research arm of the USCongress. Digital collections include historic newspapers, photographs, family genealogies, biographies and other items of interest to family history researchers.
  
;NARA&nbsp;
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;NARA  
:[http://www.archives.gov/ National Archives Records Administration]; repository of official US&nbsp;government records including census, military, immigration, and other documents of interest to family history researchers.
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:[http://www.archives.gov/ National Archives Records Administration]; repository of official US government records including census, military, immigration, and other documents of interest to family history researchers.
  
;NEHGS&nbsp;
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;NEHGS  
 
:[[New England Historic Genealogical Society|New England Historic Genealogical Society]]
 
:[[New England Historic Genealogical Society|New England Historic Genealogical Society]]
  
;NGS&nbsp;
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;NGS  
 
:[http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/home National Genealogical Society]; provides education and training in genealogical research methods and works to promote access to and preservation of genealogical records.
 
:[http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/home National Genealogical Society]; provides education and training in genealogical research methods and works to promote access to and preservation of genealogical records.
  
;PERSI&nbsp;
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;PERSI  
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:The PERiodical Source Index maintained by the [[Allen County Public Library|Allen County Public Library]] of genealogical and local history periodicals, listed by source. PERSI's objective is to, over time, compile a complete subject index of all such periodicals--past and present.
  
:The Periodical Source Index maintained by the [[Allen County Public Library|Allen County Public Library]] of genealogical and local history periodicals, listed by source. PERSI's objective is to, over time, compile a complete subject index of all such periodicals--past and present.
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;PAF
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:[http://www.familysearch.org Personal Ancestral File]; freeware genealogy software available at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org].
  
;PAF&nbsp;
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;PRF
:[http://www.familysearch.org Personal Ancestral File]; freeware genealogy software available at [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp FamilySearch.org].
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:[[Pedigree Resource File|Pedigree Resource File]]; lineage-linked family information submitted by patrons to[https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org.]
  
;PRF&nbsp;
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;PRO  
:[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=prf/search_PRF.asp&clear_form=true Pedigree Resource File] (a database within FamilySearch.org)<br>
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;PRO&nbsp;
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:Public Records Office; [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/default.htm National Archives] repository for official public records (birth, marriage, death, census, etc.) for the United Kingdom.<br>
 
:Public Records Office; [http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/default.htm National Archives] repository for official public records (birth, marriage, death, census, etc.) for the United Kingdom.<br>
  
;SSDI&nbsp;
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;SSDI  
:[[Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Social Security Death Index]]; master file of US&nbsp;death records reported to the [http://www.ssa.gov/ Social Security Administartion] available for free on-line through [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=ssdi/search_ssdi.asp&clear_form=true FamilySearch.org], [http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com], [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ssdi/ genealogybank.com] and other web sites.
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:[[Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Social Security Death Index]]; master file of US death records reported to the [http://www.ssa.gov/ Social Security Administartion] available for free on-line through [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=ssdi/search_ssdi.asp&clear_form=true FamilySearch.org], [http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com], [http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/ssdi/ genealogybank.com] and other web sites.
 
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;TIB&nbsp;
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:Temple Records Index Bureau, a card-file index system maintained from 1927-1970 containing references to births, christenings and marriages for deceased (dating from 1500) and living persons (to 1970). The TIB was replaced by the CFI (later the IGI).
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;TIB
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:Temple Records Index Bureau, a card-file index system maintained from 1927-1970 containing references to births, christenings and marriages for deceased (dating from 1500) and living persons (to 1970). The TIB was replaced by the CFI (later the [[International Genealogical Index (IGI)|IGI]]).
  
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=== Additional Resources  ===
  
=== External Links ===
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==== Web Sites ====
  
 
*Common Genealogical Acronyms -'''http://austega.com/familyhistory/courses/acronyms.htm'''  
 
*Common Genealogical Acronyms -'''http://austega.com/familyhistory/courses/acronyms.htm'''  
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*List of abbreviations for English given names - Wikipedia - '''http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Abbreviations_for_English_given_names'''
 
*List of abbreviations for English given names - Wikipedia - '''http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Abbreviations_for_English_given_names'''
  
=== Family History Library Resources  ===
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==== Family History Library Resources  ====
  
*There are also books which give the definitions of many abbreviated words. One such book is "'''[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=1123166&disp=Abbreviations+&+acronyms&columns=*,0,0 ''Abbreviations &amp; Acronyms: a guide for family historians'']'''" compiled by Kip Sperry (FHL book US/Can 929.103Sp37a.)
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*There are also books which give the definitions of many abbreviated words. One such book is "'''{{FHL|1123166|title-id|disp=''Abbreviations &amp; Acronyms: a guide for family historians''}}'''" compiled by Kip Sperry (FHL book US/Can 929.103Sp37a.)
  
*Use a Title search for "abbreviations" in the Family History Library Catalog found on the '''www.familysearch.org''' website for other books which define abbreviations and acronyms such as: '''[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=981218&disp=Acronyms,+initialisms,+and+abbreviat&columns=*,0,0 ''Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations Dictionary: a guide to acronyms, abbreviations, contractions, alphabetic symbols, and similar condensed appellations'']''' by Jennifer Mossman (FHL book US/Can 428.1 M855a v.1 pt.1 1995.)
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*Use a&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog&catSearchType=title Title search]&nbsp;for "abbreviations" in the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] found on the '''www.familysearch.org''' website for other books which define abbreviations and acronyms such as: '''{{FHL|981218|title-id|disp=''Acronyms, Initialisms, and Abbreviations Dictionary: a guide to acronyms, abbreviations, contractions, alphabetic symbols, and similar condensed appellations''}}''' by Jennifer Mossman (FHL book US/Can 428.1 M855a v.1 pt.1 1995.)
  
 
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There are many acroymns and abbreviated words unique to genealogy and family history research that may not be easily found in any other industry's terminology. Here are some of the more commonly used acronyms and abbreviations:


Abt
About or Circa; an guessed date, e.g., "Abt 1745"
ACPL
Allen County Public Library; library in Fort Wayne, Indiana with extensive genealogy collections. Librarians at the Allen County Public Library maintain PERSI, the PERiodical Source Index, which indexes genealogical and local history sources from periodicals.
AF
Ancestral File; Ancestral File is a collection of over 35 million names linked into family groups and pedigrees. The records include information voluntarily contributed to familysearch.org by patrons from 1978-1991.
Aft
After. The date is known to be later than a specified date, e.g., "Aft 1900".
AG
Accredited Genealogist. Title given to individuals who pass accreditation exams of the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists.
AGBI
American Genealogical Biographical Index; A large name index of genealogies published by the Godfrey Memorial Library. The data also include unindexed and partially indexed genealogies and several specialized vital record collections and census data from 1790.
bap.
Baptized
Bef
Before. The date is known to be before the specified date, e.g. "Bef 1930".
BMD
Births, Marriages, and Deaths; sometimes written BDM.
Cal
Calculated. The date was calculated from a source. If you can only calculate, for example, a birth/marriage date based upon a census or the birth date based upon the death date, e.g. "Cal 1854".
CFI
Computer File Index, later known as theInternational Genealogical Index (IGI).
CG
Certified Genealogist. Title given to individuals who pass the certification exam of the Board for Certification of Genealogists.
chr
Christened
c / ca
Circa. Approximately (ex. "ca 1535" means "in about 1535")
CNBL
Cannot Be Located
DAR
Daughters of the American Revolution; Lineage society for female descendants of soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War. The DAR Library in Washington, D.C. houses significant genealogical collections and is open to the public.
DOB / DOD
Date of Birth / Date of Death
DUP
International Society Daughters of the Utah Pioneers; Lineage society for female descendants of early Utah settlers. Sponsors Pioneer Memorial Museum, and Pioneer Histories Digitization Project.
Est
Estimated. The date was estimated based upon family stories / traditions / standard genealogical estimations, e.g. "Est 1848". Standard genealogical standards include: man marrying at 25, woman marrying at 21, first child one year after marriage, and subsequent children every two years. For example, marriage in 1825, would give the husband's birth "Est 1800", wife's birth "Est 1804", first child's birth "Est 1826", second child's birth "Est 1828", etc.
FASG
Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists.
FGS
Federation of Genealogical Societies
FGRA
Family Group Records Archive. This file was maintained by the Genealogical Society of Utah, a forerunner of the current Family History Library and FamilySearch. The archive consists of Family Group sheets in two parts: a MAIN section containing patron submissions from 1942-1969; and a PATRON section containing patron submissions from 1962-1979.
Submissions to the MAIN section were verified for accuracy and received additional processing when they were submitted. Both sections were microfilmed and made available to Family History Centers.
FHC
Family History Center (to find a Family History Center near you, click here)
FHL
Family History Library, largest genealogical library in the world. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah and sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
FHLC
Family History Library Catalog; searchable catalog of microfilm, fiche, books and periodicals available throughFamilySearch.org.
FSG
Fellow of the Society of Genealogists (London).
GEDCOM
GEnealogical Data COMmunications (instustry standard file format used by genealogy software programs to transfer data)
IAJGS
International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies
ill.
Illegitimate (often recorded on birth certificates and other birth records)
inst.
Instant. Present or current month; e.g., "He departed this life on the 25th inst., after a long illness..."
IGI
Inernational Genealogical Index
JGS
Jewish Genealogical Society (see IAJSG)
LDS
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
LOC
Library of Congress; Research arm of the USCongress. Digital collections include historic newspapers, photographs, family genealogies, biographies and other items of interest to family history researchers.
NARA
National Archives Records Administration; repository of official US government records including census, military, immigration, and other documents of interest to family history researchers.
NEHGS
New England Historic Genealogical Society
NGS
National Genealogical Society; provides education and training in genealogical research methods and works to promote access to and preservation of genealogical records.
PERSI
The PERiodical Source Index maintained by the Allen County Public Library of genealogical and local history periodicals, listed by source. PERSI's objective is to, over time, compile a complete subject index of all such periodicals--past and present.
PAF
Personal Ancestral File; freeware genealogy software available at FamilySearch.org.
PRF
Pedigree Resource File; lineage-linked family information submitted by patrons toFamilySearch.org.
PRO
Public Records Office; National Archives repository for official public records (birth, marriage, death, census, etc.) for the United Kingdom.
SSDI
Social Security Death Index; master file of US death records reported to the Social Security Administartion available for free on-line through FamilySearch.org, ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com, genealogybank.com and other web sites.
TIB
Temple Records Index Bureau, a card-file index system maintained from 1927-1970 containing references to births, christenings and marriages for deceased (dating from 1500) and living persons (to 1970). The TIB was replaced by the CFI (later the IGI).

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